ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Regional Centre of Expertise Murray-Darling

  • About
  • Engagement
  • Launch


Aligned with the Environmental Justice and Governance for Social Change is the Regional Centre of Expertise Murray-Darling (RCE-MD). The RCE-MD, which is acknowledged by the United Nations University, is a consortium of regional stakeholders within the Murray-Darling that supports and promotes sustainable development through integrated research. CSU is one of the partners in the consortium which is anchored within ILWS and was officially launched in October 2013.

The EJGSC SRA in collaboration with the RCE-MD obtained government has obtained funding for two projects. They are:

  • Our Place-Riverina and Murray project (2013-2014) received $90,000 from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. The project, which aims to help communities protect their local natural environment and live more sustainably,  focused on the communities of Holbrook, Deniliquin and Albury. Project details
  • Our Place-Riverina, Masterman-Smith, H.,  Sheahan, M., & Rafferty, J. (2015-2017) NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, $29,500. The above project has been extended to include Corowa.

RCE-MD engagement

The first activity for the RCE-MD was a meeting of 35 environmental educators from across the Murray-Darling Basin at CSU's Albury-Wodonga campus on April 11/12, 2013. The educators (from primary schools, TAFE, local land services and catchment management authorities, state agencies and research institutes) explored education for sustainable development. The RCE-MD is developing a professional network of Environmental and NRM educators across the Basin.

A second event was the official launch of the RCE-MD on October 31, 2013 at CSU's Albury-Wodonga campus with TV personality Costa Georgiadis, who is also the RCE-MD's Patron. Costa returned to Albury-Wodonga in October 2014 to take part in the cities' Sustainable Living Week, of which the RCE-MD was a joint sponsor.

The RCE-MD also supported a Climate Change and the Community Forum held at the Albury Entertainment Centre, August 19, 2014 attended by more than 120 people.

Official launch of RCE-MD

Host of the ABC's Gardening Australia program and environmental educator Costa Georgiadis certainly "stole the show" at the official launch of the Regional Centre of Expertise for the Murray-Darling Basin (RCE-MD)  Thursday  October 31.

"We can become change-makers," Costa told his audience of more than 100 people, including the University's Vice-chancellor Professor Andrew Vann and representatives from partner organisations in the RCE-MD,  at the Blake Theatre, at CSU's Albury-Wodonga campus. "We've just got to get in there and take the risk."

Costa, in praising the establishment of the RCE-MD, said it was important to work on sustainability at the local and regional level.

"If you get that right, then the global will sort itself out," he said. "....each and every one of us can say 'At my local level, I'm going to make an innovative change.'"

The RCE-MD is a consortium of key regional stakeholders within and across the Murray-Darling communities that supports and promotes sustainable development through the integration of research. It is the fourth such centre to be established in Australia and is acknowledged by the United Nations University CSU is one of the partners in the consortium which is anchored within ILWS.

Pictured left: Head of the Albury-Wodonga campus Prof Julia Coyle with Costa Georgiadis

Professor Max Finlayson and Professor Andrew VannProf Vann, in his address, said the RCE-MD was a way of bringing together a wide range of partners, of linking people together, to address the multi-dimensional problems we are facing.

Pictured right Prof Max Finlayson and Prof Andrew Vann (photo Will Inveen MDBA)

The launch came at the end of a day's activities attended by Costa in the Border Region which included tours of the City of Wodonga Waste transfer Station;  Wodonga Middle Years College Sustainable Gardening Program and Birallee Park Neighbourhood House "Our Table to Yours" program; and the Albury City Council's Banjora Children's Centre, Glenroy.