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Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Category: Organisation
Date: 1 January 2003
Sub Category:Public Company
Place:Alice Springs
State/Country:Northern Territory, Australia
Subject Matter: | Research
Summary Information:
The Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre (DK-CRC) was launched in September 2003. The DK-CRC is a venture to increase the social, economic and cultural capital of inland Australia by providing a research base to develop 'desert solutions for desert problems'. It links 28 partners in supporting the 500,000 Australians who live in the desert. Government, business, Indigenous organisations, researchers and local communities have joined together to collaboratively design better opportunities and services for desert people.
Detailed Information:
The four key aims of the DK-CRC are to provide:
1. Natural resource management for better livelihoods;
2. Technical services for improved community viability;
3. Governance, management and leadership for sustainable futures; and
4. Integrated systems for desert livelihoods

It is anticipated that these four research themes will increase self reliance and foster sustainable prosperity. Specifically, the DK-CRC hopes to provide the research necessary to ensure that solutions be carried out successfully. The DK-CRC is located in a desert centre to assist the research process.

The client base of the DK-CRC includes Indigenous interests, small businesses, local communities, government agencies and corporations. Research is conducted in partnership with these groups.

(AUD)$90.5m has been committed to the DK-CRC over seven years. $20.68m of this is federal government funding, with private companies, research institutions, state government agencies and Indigenous bodies also contributing.

Centre Partners are ATSIC, the Central Land Council, Charles Darwin University, CSIRO, Curtin University of Technology, Department of Agriculture WA, Desert Peoples Centre, Griffith University, James Cook University, Murdoch University, Newmont Australia, Northern Territory Government, SingTel, Optus Pty Ltd, University of South Australia, WA Department of Conservation and Land Management.
Associate Partners are Adelaide University, Australian Inland Energy and Water, Australian National University, Bowerbird Enterprises Pty Ltd, Flinders University (Centre for Remote Health), Northern Land Council, NSW Agriculture, SA Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation, Southern Cross University, Tapatjatjaka Community Government Council, University of Queensland, University of Western Australia, University of Wollongong.

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