Wimmera Research Group

Projects

Current projects

Building local government change agents for resilient and sustainable communities 

(2012-2014)

This project will provide local government staff with the research, training and support to assist them to deliver behavioural change programs to address their social, economic and environmental sustainability priorities.

Horsham Rural City Council, Southern Grampians Shire Council, Hindmarsh Shire Council, Hepburn Shire Council, Greater Bendigo City Council and DSE are research partners.

Funding of $242,377 was provided by DSE through the Victorian Local Sustainability Accord.

Read further information about the Building local government change agents for resilient and sustainable communities project.

Understanding 2011 Grampians natural disaster, addressing the risk and resilience 

(2013-2014)

This research aims to document the impacts of the 2011 floods and landslides in the Grampians region on individuals, businesses and community organisations, and representatives from government and non-government organisations (including emergency services organisations) to provide insights about the social, economic and environmental impact following the 2011 floods and landslides and to integrate these into a consolidated inventory.

Federation University Australia researchers involved in the project include Alison Ollerenshaw (CeRDI), Michelle Graymore (Wimmera Research Group), Helen Thompson (CeRDI), Jerry Courvisanos (Federation Business School), Peter Dahlhaus (CeRDI), Kelsey McDonald (CeRDI), Helen Sheil (CeRDI), Anthony Miner (CeRDI) and Jennifer Corbett (CeRDI).

Northern Grampians Shire Council, Centre for eCommerce and Communication (CeCC), Centre for Environmental Management (CEM) and The Business School at Federation University Australia are research partners.

Funding of $60,000 was provided by Northern Grampians Shire Council.

Read further information about the project on the Grampians Natural Disaster Research website.

Current student projects

  • Institutional resilience and vulnerability within a complexity framework – Imogen Stockton (PhD)
  • The value of water in tourism in dryland regions – La Vergne Lehmann (PhD) 
  • Understanding the mixing behaviour of a deep reservoir for a range of hydrological and water quality scenarios – Neeraj Mall (PhD) 
  • An investigation into biofilms in Lake Bellfield – Kathy Mackley (Masters) 
  • Frogs on farms: maintaining healthy frog populations on farms within a piped water delivery system – Jonathan Starks (Masters)

Completed projects

Wimmera leadership program evaluation 

(2012-2013)

This project built an understanding of the impact the Wimmera leadership program has had on building capacity in the Wimmera. The project did this by developing and carrying out a post-program evaluation of the Wimmera leadership program using an online survey, and the development of a framework for on-going program evaluation.

Wimmera Development Association, School of Education and Arts at Federation University Australia were research partners.

Funding of $33,760 was provided by the Wimmera Development Association. 

Victorian farmer typology for climate adaptation 

(2012-2013)

This project further developed and documented the farmer typology methodology for understanding farmer attitudes to farming. To enable this method to be used in telephone surveys, an 8-item rather than 14-item survey instrument was developed to collect data from the Victorian farmer survey on climate change 2011. This instrument was validated and used to derive a 2011 farmer typology based on climate change adaptation attitudes and behaviours.

Federation University Australia researchers involved in the project included Michelle Graymore and Imogen Schwarz.

Insightrix Research and Department of Environment and Primary Industries were research partners.

Funding of $24,670 was provided by Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

Regional sustainability indicators framework for South West Victoria 

(2010-2012)

The project has developed an agreed set of sustainability indicators and a framework for reporting on the sustainability of South West Victoria.

Southern Grampians Shire Council and the Natural Assets Alliance of South West Sustainability Partnership, including Wannon Water, Glenelg Hopkins CMA and other south west Councils were research partners.

Funding of $140,000 was provided to the project by DSE, through the Victorian Local Sustainability Accord and SWSP.

View the Great South West Community Report Card on the The Great South West Community Report Card website.

Victorian farmer survey on climate change 

(2011-2012)

The project involved longitudinal study of the attitudes, knowledge and behaviour of Victorian farmers towards climate change, climate variability and greenhouse gas emissions on their farms.

Federation University Australia researchers involved in the project were Michelle Graymore and Imogen Schwarz.

Insightrix Research and DEPI Horsham were research partners.

Funding of $99,985 was provided to the project by Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

Catchment restoration: landholder perceptions of riparian restoration 

(2011-2012)

Investigation was conducted into farmer perceptions of restoration of vegetation along waterways on their properties. The research resulted in defining the motivators and barriers to this behaviour.

The project was self-funded, and the Centre for Environmental Management and University of Ballarat were research partners.

A pilot study of the practice nurse pap testing initiatives: an evaluation of their impact on cervical screening activity in Grampians general practices 

(2011-2012)

The study incorporated a mixed method evaluation of pap nurse incentives to enable a better understanding of the invisible and visible mechanisms embedded in the practice nurse (PN) pap initiatives, that had influenced cervical smear screening in Grampians general practices from 2005 to 2010.

ADIEH and University of Ballarat were research partners, and ADIEH provided funding of $2500 for the project.

Murray River water quality 

(2012)

The aim of the project was to prepare a review on the water quality of the Murray River at the four GWMWater off-takes and the water treatment available for this water, and provide recommendations on water treatment for future GWMWater use.

GWMWater was the research partner and provided funding of $5000 for the project.

Water quality and hydrodynamics of reservoirs - Lake Bellfield 

(2011-2012)

The project involved a literature review on water quality and lake hydrodynamics, including a current update on the Lake Bellfield water quality issues.

GWMWater was the research partner and provided funding of $5000 for the project.

Murrayville arsenic removal trial 

(2011-2012)

The project involved providing a report to GWMWater based on the results of a trial previously carried out by GWMWater, including recommendations for delivering potable water to the Murrayville.

GWMWater was the research partner and provided funding of $4933 for the project.

Australian ecosystem services event: towards essential services in Australia 

(2011)

The project incorporated a series of Ecosystem Services events in Canberra, the Riversymposium in Brisbane and the Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference Wageningen in the Netherlands. The aim was to explore ways of integrating ecosystem services into land use planning, water management and carbon management and opportunities for developing a more consistent and collaborative way forward to the development of ecosystem services information and assessment in Australia.

SEQCatchments, Murray Darling Basin Authority, University Sydney, Australia 21/EcoInsights, University of Maryland, ANU, US Environmental Protection Agency, Dept. Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Bureau of Meteorology, Bureau of Meteorology, Australia 21, International Water Centre and National Water Commission were research partners.

WINDSCREEN - a tool for water allocation decisions: can it also be an educational tool for university students? 

(2011)

The project involved investigation into the capacity for WINDSCREEN to teach university students about the trade-offs that occur in water allocation decisions.

Deakin University was the research partner.

Understanding farmers' attitudes to climate change – broadacre sector analysis

The main aim of this project was to further investigate the farming typologies and behaviours of the grains and mixed sectors (called broadacre) in order to better understand the social perceptions towards climate change of these farmers.

Insightrix Research and DPI Horsham were research partners.

Funding of $11,072 was provided by DPI for the project.