Innovative Indigenous-led water project wins ARC funding

Photo: Brian Martin, The Agency of Bunggabi (trees), 2021

Monash ADA is celebrating the success of a new Indigenous-led water project in the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Linkage Project scheme.

Repairing Memory & Place: An Indigenous-led approach to urban water design is one of 67 new research projects selected to keep Australia at the forefront of emerging technologies and benefit the wider community. The project will sit within the Faculty’s Wominjeka Djeembana Lab and be led by Associate Dean, Indigenous, Professor Brian Martin, along with N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM and Professor Nigel Bertram.

Repairing Memory & Place intends to integrate Indigenous ways of knowing with urban water management, will receive $240,000 in funding and should provide significant benefits by enabling the repair of ecological and cultural memory of place and enabling government agencies to apply Indigenous practices to everyday management of urban water towards a more sustainable water future.

The interdisciplinary team will also include Dr Laura Harper, Dr Maria de Lourdes Melo Zurita, Ms Catherine Murphy, Dr Shannon Faulkhead and Rhys Coleman, in partnership with Melbourne Water Corporation, Museums Victoria, Bayside City Council, City of Port Phillip and Boon Wurrung Foundation.

The Wominjeka Djeembana Lab was established in 2019 to provide an identity of Indigeneity at Monash ADA and on Caulfield campus. It aims to articulate the synergies between Indigenous ways of knowing with practice led research in the areas of art, design and architecture, and beyond.

Wominjeka Djeembana are Boon Wurrung words translating as come here to learn, listen at a place of knowledge and sharing.

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AC said the ARC funding recognised the significance of collaborations with industry and communities.

Monash University researchers are working to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. This funding will enable them to progress their research with strategic partnerships that are designed to deliver innovative ideas and solutions.

Professor Margaret Gardner AC

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