The Prime Minister today announced that water allocations in the Murray-Darling basin will be frozen if significant rains do not fall in the next eight weeks. Once again, water is high on the national agenda.
Leading inland higher education provider Charles Sturt University (CSU) has specialist commentators who are available for comment on water issues which impact on agricultural production, the environment, regional businesses, communities and families, particularly in the Murray Darling Basin. They include:
- Land management expert and Institute for Land Water and Society (ILWS) director Professor Allan Curtis, on the national water initiative and its effects on the people of the basin;
- Water use expert and hydrologist Professor Shahbaz Khan with ILWS and CSIRO, on the effects of drought on water availability, smart water use and learning from international experience;
- Water policy expert and former chief scientist with CSIRO Land and Water Professor Kathleen Bowmer on policy issues arising from the initiative;
- Former CSIRO scientist Professor David Mitchell who has a broad background in the ecology of freshwaters, water storages, wetlands and water plants;
- Climate change authority Professor Kevin Parton with ILWS, on the value of seasonal weather forecasting.
Contact CSU Media for interviews and pictures with these experts, who are based on the University’s Albury-Wodonga, Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses.
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