IWC collaborates with National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training in training project
IWC ran the program in collaboration with the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT). The program's aim was to build the capacity of department staff to review their groundwater management plans for agricultural issues and to support the management of issues such as water security, increasing contamination and water allocation.
The program employed a range of classroom-based technical training activities on topics such as hydrology, aquifer characterisation, management and recharge, groundwater quality, and groundwater harvesting. In addition, the staff participated in training led by IWC in integrated water management, water governance and law, stakeholder collaboration and conceptual modelling.
Participants also took part in a workshop with government staff from the Murray Darling Basin Authority and Queensland Government, and visited various field sites in the Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba district.
"This is the first time IWC has collaborated with the NCGRT," said Fiona Chandler, IWC Program Manager, Program and Knowledge Services. "I think it was a great success, and we look forward to working more closely with both the NCGRT and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in the future."
"It was a very dynamic class that encouraged all the participants to get involved," one participant reported. "We're frankly a bit tired after it, but we managed to get very useful information and tools to use for groundwater planning processes."