The International Centre for Balanced Land Use is a $1 million collaborative initiative between the NSW Government and the University of Newcastle, providing independent research to develop a clear evidence-based policy framework to support the complex challenges of balanced land use.
The Centre will be based at the University’s flagship research hub, the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER).
University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, said the University’s partnership with the Government would deliver an initiative of fundamental importance to communities in the Hunter, the state and around the world.
“This partnership positions the University and NIER in a lead role to contribute to the Government’s policy framework around how we use our land and assist our communities and industries to respond to the challenges of issues such as food and energy security within the context of environmental and economic stability.
“The Centre will bring together the collective strengths of government and academia with national and international partners to address this issue of global significance. It will be led by a Global Innovation Chair to be recruited from the world’s foremost academics in the field,” Professor McMillen said.
This announcement comes on the back of significant recent industry and government collaboration for NIER including $30 million for technologies for abatement of methane emissions from coal mining and $3.2 million for a research hub in advanced technologies for Australian iron ore.
NIER Director, Dr Alan Broadfoot, said NIER’s strength in providing global research leadership on the rapidly evolving issues connected with energy and resources continued to grow.
“NIER is a national hub for energy and resources research with an international reputation for delivering innovative solutions to global challenges. The new Centre places the institute in a strong position to drive with the Government rigorous and independent research in balanced land use with real impact.
“Our aim is to achieve significant gains in energy efficiency and resource productivity to support Australia’s competitive and sustainable goals. A balanced approach to land use is critical to meet the challenges facing communities locally and globally,” Dr Broadfoot said.