No faith in science shown in Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre closure

Former Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre scientist Dr Bernard McCarthy (right) pictured with then-National Water Commission chief executive Ken Matthews at a dry Sunraysia wetland during the Millennium drought in 2007.

Former Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre scientist Dr Bernard McCarthy (right) pictured with then-National Water Commission chief executive Ken Matthews at a dry Sunraysia wetland during the Millennium drought in 2007.

LOOMING closure of a leading freshwater research laboratory in Mildura is a reflection of governments’ failure to properly value science, according to former staff devastated at the decision to shut it down.

La Trobe University said a recent failure to win a tender left it without enough funding to keep the Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems open in Mildura, when it announced its intention to shut the 22-year-old lab at the end of the year.

Victorian Water Minister backs Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre

Previously known as the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre, the laboratory has produced groundbreaking research into riverine ecosystems and its scientists have gone on to establish findings critical to the future of the Murray-Darling, including an understanding of the importance of the Menindee Lakes to golden perch populations basin-wide.

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