Excellence in Innovation Award Winners: Perth 2007

The Awards for Excellence in Innovation were initiated in 1999 to recognise outstanding examples of the transfer of CRC research results, knowledge and technologies that have been developed for a wide range of users of research, including the community, companies and government agencies.

Awards were in the categories of innovation in application and utilisation of research and innovation in education and training and public outreach activities.

In 2007 the Awards for Excellence were presented at a Gala Dinner in the Ballroom of the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday 17th May, as part of the CRC Association’s Annual Conference.

Dr Jim Peacock, AC, FAA, FRS, FTSE, FAIST, Chief Scientist, Australia presented the awards.

CRC for Beef Genetic Technologies 2007 winnersCRC for Beef Genetic Technologies – Winner – Award for Excellence in Innovation 2007 for education and training and public outreach activities, (from left) The Hon T Staley AO, Chair of CRCA); Dr H Burrow (Beef CRC CEO); Professor D Pethick (representing MLA); Mr G Fitzhardinge (Beef CRC Chair); Mr C Knight, Beef Processor; Mr P Chalmers, Beef Producer; Dr J Peacock, Chief Scientist

In order to improve beef profits across Australia and New Zealand a network of partnerships have been formed. The initial focus of the project is to produce an additional five percent improvement in business growth of the partners by June 2008. The key elements underpinning this project’s success is to focus the partners on the common goal of accelerating the rate of improvement and innovation in the beef industry.

Long-term outcomes indicate that this project will boost economic growth in the Australian beef industry by around $60 million per annum from 2012.

CRC for Plant-based Management of Dryland Salinity 2007 winnersCRC for Plant-based Management of Dryland Salinity – Winner – Award for Excellence in Innovation 2007 for the application and use of research, (from left) Dr D Masters (CSIRO), CRC’s Grazing Systems Program Leader; Mr A Campbell, Chair of CRC Salinity Board; The Hon T Staley AO, Chair of CRCA; Mr K Bell (AWI); Dr J Peacock, Australia’s Chief Scientist; Mr D Petherick (MLA); Dr N Edwards, SCSL research project leader (SARD); Mr T York, farmer representative on research project steering committee

Dryland salinity is one of the major risks to agriculture and the natural environment in the medium to high rainfall zones of Australia. Grazing is one of the few activities that can make productive and profitable use of saline land. The states of Western Australia, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria have produced their own individual and unique set of resources for landholders to assist graziers based in these geographical regions.

The results from five research projects addressing these state-to-state and regional differences have enabled individual states to progress their own key research priorities within a framework that allows the national learnings to be pulled together.

Parker CRC for Integrated Metallurgy Solutions 2007 winnersParker CRC for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions – Winner – Award for Excellence in Innovation for the application and use of research, (from left) Dr P Greenhill, Chief Operating Officer, AMIRA; The Hon T Staley AO, Chair of the CRCA; Mr M Woffenden, CEO, Parker Centre; Dr P Fawell, Alumina Group, CSIRO; Dr J Peacock, Chief Scientist Australia

Gravity thickeners are large tanks used to separate fine, suspended mineral particles from the associated liquid. A project team from the Parker CRC for Intergrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions has made significant research advances enabling them to make recommendations that will improve thickener performance in industry. The achievements have been achieved through modifying operating practices, retrofitting existing thickeners and introducing new feedwell designs.

The performance improvements achieved by applying the project’s results means that mineral processing plants can put more material through thickeners, increase water recovery and cut capital and associated running costs.