Applications for the 2023 Great Artesian Basin Lynn Brake Scholarship are open until 23 January 2023.
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The $20,000 annual Scholarship Grant will support new or continuing Postgraduate students (PhD, Masters, Honours, Diploma or Graduate Certificate) to undertake research within an Australian tertiary institution in a field related to the Great Artesian Basin (the basin), including water resource management, hydrogeology and management of springs connected to the water resources of the Basin. Funding for the Lynn Brake Scholarship will be available for twelve months, with students able to re-apply for further support through annual competitive public calls in future years.
The Scholarship Grant Program honours Lynn Brake’s legacy in the area of water resources in Australia, in particular in relation to the basin, and aims to support the development of future scientists and researchers and foster the links between academia, the wider community, and governments. The grant will contribute to the delivery of the Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan (GAB SMP)
Mr Lynn Brake played a pivotal role on the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee (GABCC) in providing strategic advice on a range of matters, including the development of the Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan. The outcome of his efforts and those of the GABCC members has assisted in the fostering of a long-term cooperative approach with water users and other stakeholders, supporting Basin communities and industries. In particular, his enormous energy and dedication has enhanced the protection of the Basin mound springs located throughout the basin.
2022 Scholarship Winner
The 2022 Lynn Brake scholarship has been awarded to Mr Clint Hansen, a Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology PhD candidate and Indigenous Iman man. He will use the funds to contribute to his PhD research identifying culturally supported scientific methods of water management and allocation where coal seam gas exploration is expanding on the lands of the Iman People.
Mr Hansen’s research aligns with the Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management plan, specifically with the aim to protect and enhance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, cultural heritage and community values which is Principle 3 of the Plan.
Applications are open from 21 November 2022 and until 10 am on 23 January 2023. For further information and to submit your application, please email the Great Artesian Basin Secratariat.