Funding for environmental research

Environment Minister Rob Stokes today welcomed the announcement of Federal Government funding for new environmental science research hubs, and urged NSW universities and research institutions to apply for the programme.

Tuross Lake reflecting mangroves, Batemans Marine Park

The National Environmental Science Programme will provide $102 million over four years to fund six research hubs focusing on:

  • Clean Air and Urban Landscapes
  • Earth Systems
  • Marine Biodiversity
  • Northern Australia Environmental Resources
  • Threatened Species Recovery
  • Tropical Water Quality

Mr Stokes encouraged NSW institutions to apply for funding through the programme, which has been established to help policy makers protect Australia’s environment with world-class class biodiversity and climate science.

“These research hubs will play a vital role in protecting and preserving our marine life, our threatened species and making sure we keep our air clean,” Mr Stokes said.

“The Clean Air and Urban Landscapes hub in particular will complement the NSW Government’s ongoing efforts through the NSW Environment Protection Authority.

“NSW has one of the largest air quality monitoring networks in Australia, and the Government has opened new monitoring stations in the Hunter, Central Coast and Western Sydney.

“The network now totals 43 monitoring stations located in strategic areas and towns across the state.

“I encourage all NSW institutions to throw their hat in the ring to host these hubs.”

The programme will be implemented through a competitive process in which groups of research institutions will apply to form research hubs. The hubs are planned to commence operating early next year.

For information go to http://www.environment.gov.au/science/nesp. Applications close November 5.