Wimmera Research Group

Events

2013

Sustaining our region by knowledge sharing: a forum for sharing knowledge and research in the Wimmera

31 May 2013

The University of Ballarat in conjunction with GWMWater are pleased to invite you to the Sustaining our region by knowledge sharing forum. The focus of this forum is to share knowledge that will help us build a more sustainable and resilient community in the Wimmera. The event showcased some of the knowledge held by the University of Ballarat on topics such as, water management in drylands, liveability and sustainability indicators, farmer adaption to changing climate, knowledge management and spatial research.

View the program for the forum (pdf, 230kb).

Launch of pipes, ponds and people: adaptive water management in drylands

31 May 2013

The book was launched by the Vice-Chancellor of University of Ballarat at the Sustaining our region by knowledge sharing forum in Horsham.

Water is a scarce resource around the world, but particularly in dryland regions of Australia where droughts and the impact of climate change have dramatically reduced water availability. For communities living in dryland areas, and for global food security, this is a critical issue.

This book contains case studies of innovative applied research for adaptive water management in the dryland regions of Australia. Each of these studies tells a story of an approach to adaptive water management that not only provides solutions to the water scarcity challenges in dryland areas, but also helps sustainability of regional communities around this issue.

View the advertisement for the book (pdf, 285kb). 

2011

University of Ballarat-GWMWater research forum
Collaborative partnerships – the way forward for regional research

29 November 2011

The University of Ballarat Horsham Campus Research Precinct and GWMWater presented a Wimmera research forum on Tuesday, 29th November 2011 at the University of Ballarat Horsham Campus, Baillie St, Horsham. Participants went along to hear about the latest research being undertaken in the Wimmera.

Keynote speakers

Professor Allan Curtis, Charles Sturt University

Allan's research examined the social dimensions of regional natural resource management. He has an international reputation for research examining the adoption of conservation practices by rural landholders, the evaluation of natural resource management programs and using social data to underpin catchment management. Allan and his team had just completed the third survey in the Wimmera looking into the social drivers of natural resource management by farmers in the Wimmera.

Clinical Associate Professor Susan Brumby

Susan is the foundation director of the National Centre for Farmer Health - a partnership between Western District Health Service, Hamilton and Deakin University. She developed, implemented and evaluated farm family health programs Australia wide through the award winning Sustainable Farm Families programs, in addition to delivering training programs and post graduate studies for rural professionals working with agricultural populations. Having grown up in regional Victoria and managed the family farm (beef and wool), she is passionate about farmer health, and shared with us some of the work aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of farm men and women, farm workers and their families.

Download the research forum abstracts and presentations (pdf, 123kb).