CQuni to help track Great Barrier Reef water
CQUNIVERSITY will share in $31 million funding to investigate water quality in the Great Barrier Reef.
The university is part of the Federal Government's Tropical Water Quality Hub, one of six scientific groups working on biodiversity and climate science from 2015 to 2020.
Over six years, the Australian Government will invest a total of $142.5 million under the National Environmental Science Program.
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said the $31 million for the Tropical Water Quality Hub was an important development for the coast.
She said Queenslanders wanted the Great Barrier Reef kept in pristine condition.
"People are expecting the government to act with the reef and the quality of water, so we really need to be aware of what does happen, particularly when we're got coal ports and we've got farming," Ms Landry said.
"This is a way of monitoring it and being on top of it in case anything does arise."
CQUniversity economics professor, John Rolfe said each university in the hub would play to its strengths, with a focus on the economics of water quality locally.
"Scientists know a lot more about water quality and what the impacts are, now the challenge is to manage it and reduce the impacts of water quality so it improves," Mr Rolfe said.
"It's partly about trying to identify what are the more cost-effective ways of achieving improvements and making those recommendations to the government, but some of it's much more practical, working with the landholders … to make improvements as the research continues."