Professor Bradley Eyre is heading a research project which has just received new national ARC funding.
Professor Bradley Eyre is heading a research project which has just received new national ARC funding.

$303,000 for coastal waterways

SOUTHERN Cross University has received $303,000 in new national funding for a project to assist in the management of tropical coastal waterways.

The funding through the Australian Research Council's Linkage Projects scheme was announced yesterday by Senator Kim Carr, Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

Southern Cross University has received the funding for a project led by Professor Bradley Eyre, director of the University's Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry Research. The centre's mission is to be a world-leader in biogeochemical research that is regionally relevant and globally significant.

"This allows the continuation of a project we have been doing in the Cook Islands which has the potential to provide cheap alternatives for treating waste water, and an extension of a project we have been doing at Heron Island, in Queensland, looking at nitrogen cycling in permeable sands,"  Professor Eyre said.

The total cost of the three-year research project is $528,000, which includes a new ARC Fellowship for Dr Dirk Erler. The project is being done in collaboration with AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development), the Cook Islands Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning, the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and the University of Queensland.



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