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$25 million for new National Desal Centre at Murdoch

Murdoch University has been awarded $20 million by the Federal Government to host Australia’s new National Centre of Excellence in Desalination.

The federal funding over five years was announced by parliamentary secretary for regional development and federal member for Brand, Gary Gray. It will be topped by up to an extra $5 million from the Western Australian state government.

The WA-based Centre, at Murdoch’s Rockingham campus, will bring together the country’s leading desalination and water science research organisations.

Murdoch University now becomes an integral part of the federal government’s 10-year $12.9 billion ‘Water for the Future’ strategy, which recognises the importance of developing research to address current and future demand for water in Australia.

Murdoch University vice chancellor professor, John Yovich, said the new Centre would draw together the nation’s top scientists in desalination to provide solutions to the water crisis, and build on Murdoch’s historical research strengths in renewable energy, water and environmental sciences.

“Murdoch University is excited to lead and coordinate national and international research collaborations in energy-efficient desalination technology for use in Australia’s unique circumstances and indeed rural, city and industrial locations around the world,” Yovich said.

“This important new national research hub at Murdoch will offer energy-saving solutions to safeguard future water supplies for both consumers and industry, and these new technologies will have widespread application for the benefit of all Australians.”

Yovich said the Centre’s location at Murdoch’s Rockingham campus would enable immediate use of ready infrastructure including laboratories, offices, and pilot plant facilities.

It was ideally placed near commercial areas, the coastal strip and major industrial water users at Kwinana, and would be a major boost to the regional city of Rockingham.

A spokesman for one of the international consortium partners, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), New Mexico, said it was thrilled to hear of Murdoch’s successful bid to host the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination.

“Strong international research collaboration is essential for solving the world’s problems, and this new centre will enable Australia to make meaningful progress to the pressing problem of global water security,” senior manager and SNL Water Program lead, John Merson, said.

“We look forward to building strong ties with Murdoch University and the other centre participants.”

Murdoch expects to engage with many national and international water and desalination research organisations to develop the site.

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