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CRCS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

24 November 2003

From transforming the sugar industry to tackling polluted waterways, the CRC program has had a very successful year.

The many achievements of the CRC program have been highlighted in a book launched today by Australian Government Science Minister Peter McGauran.

“CRCs - Connecting Communities is a snapshot of the ongoing benefits to Australia in manufacturing, information and communications, mining and energy, medicine, agriculture and the environment from the many and varied CRCs in the program,” Mr McGauran said.

“CRCs bring together universities, research organisations, government and industry to cover these six important sectors for

Australia’s health, environmental and economic prosperity,” Mr McGauran said.

“This year there will be a record 71 CRCs, sharing $200 million of Government funding,” Mr McGauran said.

Mr McGauran said there were outstanding achievements in all sectors, with some notable examples in the areas of agriculture and the environment.

“The CRC for Sustainable Sugar Production is helping farmers who have been hard hit by the recent drought by identifying what changes need to be made in the industry for it to remain competitive,” Mr McGauran said.

“By varying practices such as cane supply and cropping schedules, farmers can harvest their cane when it has its highest sugar concentration thereby improving the international market for our sugar producers,” Mr McGauran said.

“Keeping rubbish and chemicals out of our waterways and bays was the driving force behind the CRC for Catchment Hydrology, which developed a natural, environmentally friendly method of removing pollutants from stormwater,” Mr McGauran said.

“The CRC program is delivering innovation through practical results for Australia’s social and economic future,” Mr McGauran concluded.

Further information on the CRC program can be found at http://www.crc.gov.au/

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