January 2018 CoI and Funding update

January 31, 2018

Here is the monthly update on status of and progress on project proposals and requests for funding


PFAS COI Workshop

The PFAS COI workshop was held in December 2017 and was jointly run by WaterRA and WSAA. 35 attendees worked through the major knowledge issues and prioritised research in human and environmental health, regulation, analysis and monitoring, fate and treatment, and risk management. The workshop notes are now available on the PFAS COI webpage. WaterRA are seeking input from members to develop the projects ideas into proposals for funding. Please contact Ian Overton if you are interested in any of the project ideas. Please note that the ARC funding call for PFAS remediation technologies closes on February 28. If you are preparing a proposal and would like industry input then please send it to us for commercial-in-confidence distribution to our industry members. If you would like to be part of the COI, or nominate for the leadership team, please register with Ian Overton. The PFAS COI page contains further information and a forum to discuss issues in developing and sharing knowledge on PFAS.

Catchments COI Workshop

The Catchment Management CoI gathered for a workshop, held in December at Melbourne Water. 38 attendees prioritised a large list of issues that have been raised in catchment management over the past 4 years. The major issues that were highlighted in the workshop include; catchment modelling, emerging contaminants, future land use and climatic change impacts, wastewater discharge issues and groundwater decision support systems. The workshop notes are being finalised and will be available on the Catchment Management COI webpage around the end February, so watch this space!

When finalised, we will be seeking interest from members to further develop the priority work packages identified in the workshop into proposals for funding. Please contact Kelly Tadiar if you are interested in joining the catchment management Community of Interest, and would like to be updated with the workshop outputs.

Carp COI Workshop

The Carp COI met via a teleconference in December 2017. The group supported a proposal from the Australian Water Quality Centre on better understanding of the implications for water supply in the event of the Carp Virus release. The proposal will soon be released as a Request for Funding. For further information please contact Ian Overton.


Rural, Regional and Remote COI Workshop

On February 28, WaterRA will be hosting a COI workshop addressing issues of water supply and management in rural, regional and remote Australia. The workshop will be held in Adelaide following the WaterRA member’s meeting. Please register to attend. See the events section of our website for details. Please contact Ian Overton for further information.

Customer Preferences COI

We are planning on developing a COI for customer preferences and holding a workshop in March 2018. Please contact Claire McInnes for further information.

Data Sharing COI

We are planning on developing a COI for data and code sharing, holding a workshop in March 2018. Please contact Kelly Tadiar for further information.


Request for Funding:

Requests for funding are open for the following projects:

-          Management of Burkholderia pseudomallei (B.ps)

-          Health Risks Associated with ENM

Please contact Claire McInnes for further information.


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