Additional funding for technical support of the GEIF

Posted 20 August 2013

The Connected Waters Initiative (CWI) has received additional funding from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE) for the Groundwater Education Investment Fund (GEIF).

In a flurry of activity before the current government went into caretaker mode on Monday 5th August, contracts were exchanged for a further $350,000 of funding to support the GEIF infrastructure over the period 1 August 2013 to 30 June 2015. While this additional funding was announced by the Treasurer in the 2013-14 Budget for the renewal of NCRIS, the details were finalised more recently.

The NCRIS funding augments the earlier Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (CRIS) funding of $488,250 received at the beginning of 2013.

The additional funding will support the appointment of Technical Officers at the based at Flinders University GEIF sites at Willunga and Ti Tree and the UNSW GEIF sites at Namoi, Fowlers Gap and Wellington.

The funding will also cover the costs of maintenance of the GEIF for the two years ending on 30 June 2015.

Evan Jensen has been appointed at UNSW under the CRIS funding.  Evan has a BS Eng. (Hydrology and Water Resources) from the University of Arizona and is based at the CWI offices at Manly Vale. Evan is responsible for managing the Namoi and Wellington GEIF Sites.

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