Aug 1, 2008

Rudd Government Delivers $230,000 for Rural and Regional Research

Rudd Government Delivers $230,000 for Rural and Regional Research

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 1 2008

The Rudd Labor Government is delivering more than $230,000 to support high quality research into rural and regional Australia and help establish closer links with communities.

Five projects are being supported through the Regional and Rural Research and Development Grants Program including a landmark study on the social impacts of drought in the Murray-Darling Basin, a Telethon Institute long-term study into children’s wellbeing and development in regional communities, and two studies addressing rural and regional labour shortages.

We are also supporting two major conferences, including the 2008 Desert Knowledge Symposium, to bring together regional experts and leaders and promote regional development.

Rural and regional communities faced serious challenges today with the worst drought on record, widespread infrastructure bottlenecks and persistent skills shortages.

Despite these challenges, Australia’s regions play a vital role in our economy – generating 65 per cent of export income and employing over a third of Australia’s workforce.

By supporting high-quality research and development projects, the Rudd Labor Government’s is recognising the resilience and innovation in our regional communities.

The seven projects we are contributing to are as follows:

  • $110,000 over four years to support a multi-partner research project in the Mandurah/Peel region of Western Australia focusing on the impact of the family and community environments on child development and wellbeing;
  • More than $38,000 for Charles Sturt University’s Centre for Social and Rural Research to assess the downstream social impacts of drought in the Murray-Darling Basin;
  • $11,000 towards a three year project at the University of Western Australia into “Regional Development diversification and addressing the rural labour shortage”;
  • $16,500 towards a three year project being undertaken by the Sydney University of Technology into “New Migrants in regional and rural Australia: attraction and retention”;
  • $11,000 towards a two year project being undertaken by the University of Western Australia into “What makes a Resilient Community”; 
  • $22,000 for sponsorship of the 2008 Desert Knowledge Symposium and Business Showcase being held in Alice Springs; and
  • $22,000 for sponsorship of the 2008 Australian and New Zealand Regional Science Association International national conference in Adelaide.