Celebration of Science and Art at Fowlers Gap Research Station

Posted 26 May 2014

Ochre House artists' retreat at Fowlers Gap Research Station

The CWI groundwater monitoring project at the Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station near Broken Hill was officially launched on May 9.

The monitoring project, which is led by Professor Ian Acworth, the Gary Johnston Professor of Water Management in the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre at UNSW, involves a network of nine observation bores.

Fowlers Gap is the only research station in the arid zone of NSW. Some areas of the property have been continuously monitored for more than 30 years, providing a unique, long-term ecological record of a dry region.

UNSW holds a lease in perpetuity on the property, which is an important site for teaching as well as research.

Artists, experts on kangaroos, birds and water resources, and senior UNSW staff including two Deputy Vice-Chancellors and two Deans converged there on the day in recognition of the artistic and scientific significance of the site.

Scientists in attendance included Emeritus Professor Terry Dawson, UNSW (kangaroos); Professor Ian Acworth, UNSW (water); Professor Andy Baker, UNSW (water); Associate Professor Simon Griffiths, Macquarie University (birds), Dr Steve McLeod, NSW Department of Industry and Investment (kangaroos). 

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