Focus issue 189 April 2015
Water is our most essential substance, so we need to focus on optimising its use and stewardship.
Water reform needs to be back on the national agenda
By Ken Matthews
Our national water research effort is fragmented, non-strategic and lacks leadership.
Budgets and resources are allocated without clear logic and process.
Water in regional Australia: who's holding the baby?
By Karlene Maywald
Communities are now suffering from reform fatigue and the willingness
to commit to new reform investment has waned.
Have we got enough urban water? How can we best use it?
By Tony Wong
Cities and towns have more than enough water. Having a diversity of water sources is the insurance needed for water supply security.
The heart of the nation’s water
By Neil Andrew
It was the Millennium Drought (2000–09) that set new parameters for river sustainability and gave a sobering but timely impetus to the need for sustainable water extractions.
Stewarding our hidden groundwater asset
By Craig Simmons
We must create an enduring, proactive, non-partisan approach to water reform and reject water reform that waxes and wanes as droughts come and go and political parties change.
Optimising water use in agricultural production
By Snow Barlow, Tony Fischer and Iven Mareels
The water productivity of Australia’s major field crop, wheat, has increased almost four-fold in the past 100 years through R&D-driven agronomic and breeding advances.
Living with Australia’s variable climate
By Rob Vertessy
Although Australians must contend with the world’s most acute rainfall and runoff variability, they are now equipped with world-leading forecasting capability.
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