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Posted 26 May 2014
Ochre House artists' retreat at Fowlers Gap Research Station
The CWI groundwater monitoring project at the Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station near Broken Hill was officially launched on May 9.
The monitoring project, which is led by Professor Ian Acworth, the Gary Johnston Professor of Water Management in the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre at UNSW, involves a network of nine observation bores.
Fowlers Gap is the only research station in the arid zone of NSW. Some areas of the property have been continuously monitored for more than 30 years, providing a unique, long-term ecological record of a dry region.
UNSW holds a lease in perpetuity on the property, which is an important site for teaching as well as research.
Artists, experts on kangaroos, birds and water resources, and senior UNSW staff including two Deputy Vice-Chancellors and two Deans converged there on the day in recognition of the artistic and scientific significance of the site.
Scientists in attendance included Emeritus Professor Terry Dawson, UNSW (kangaroos); Professor Ian Acworth, UNSW (water); Professor Andy Baker, UNSW (water); Associate Professor Simon Griffiths, Macquarie University (birds), Dr Steve McLeod, NSW Department of Industry and Investment (kangaroos).
Dr Wendy Timms was recently appointed to the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development (IESC).
Contributions from the CWI team feature in a new open access book that is among the first to cover hydrogeology, sustainable development, water policy, governance, and management.
Outcomes of the recent meeting of water law specialists hosted by the UNSW Faculty of Law and the Connected Waters Research Initiative Research Centre (CWI) have been brought together in a special issue of Environmental Planning and Law Journal (EPLJ).