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Grants to support arts and culture flood recovery

Nearly 50 arts and cultural organisations, screen practitioners, individual artists and collaborative groups impacted by recent floods will have access to $500,000 in funding.

Southern Cross University has secured $960,000 in grants over three years from the Australian Research Council (ARC) funding program, for a range of projects.

Key Southern Cross University projects funded in this round include:

• a study of the impact of major re-flooding on freshwater wetlands

• a new-generation mass spectrometer to help Australia lead the way in cutting-edge geo-science research

• a high-precision, automated system for studying greenhouse gas measurements in coastal environments.

Minister for the north coast Don Page said securing the funding was a great achievement by Southern Cross University.

‘This achievement by Southern Cross University underlines its value in generating knowledge, and the NSW government is determined to work with our research community and industry to harness the value from this research,’ Mr Page said.

‘Research and scientific advancement play a crucial role in supporting the NSW economy, strengthening our competitiveness, productivity and innovative capacity.’

NSW deputy premier and minister for trade and investment Andrew Stoner said, ‘this is a great result for NSW, and particularly for the NSW scientific research community and their industry partners, and will assist in building the state’s research and development capabilities.

‘The NSW government supports research and development in fields as diverse as biotechnology, information and communications technology, education, quantum computing, nanotechnology, capital markets, photonics, robotics, energy, clean technology and environmental science.

For more information on the Australian Research Council’s funding programs visit the website www.arc.gov.au.

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