THE HON DAN TEHAN MP
Minister for Education
 
PHILLIP THOMPSON OAM MP

Federal Member for Herbert

13 November 2019

World-leading research in Townsville’s backyard

World-leading research will take place in Townsville thanks to Morrison Government funding.
 
The Morrison Government is providing $416,000 to fund a research project at James Cook University, through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).
 
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson congratulated Dr Gergely Torda who will conduct world-leading research on the impact of climate change on coral reefs.
 
“We are investing in research to protect our Great Barrier Reef,” Mr Thompson said.
 
“In Townsville we understand how important it is to protect this incredible natural wonder. Dr Torda is also a wonderful inspiration to local students that you don’t have to leave town to conduct research that can make a difference in the world.
 
“This is a world-leading research project addressing important issues that will make a real difference to every Australian.”
 
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said research done at our universities led to the development of new products and innovations that drive job growth, business opportunities and productivity gains.
 
“The productive capacity of our nation relies on educated workers, able to access innovation and research, to drive growth and opportunity,” Mr Tehan said.
 
“Our Government is making a significant investment in Australia’s next generation of researchers working in key priority areas to grow our research and innovation capacity.
 
“This research will generate new knowledge, develop new technologies, and lead to new products and jobs. The research targeting natural disasters will make Australians safer and improve how we prepare for future challenges.”
 
The Morrison Government is providing $81.8 million to fund 200 research projects through the DECRA program.
 
Media contact:
Tehan: Byron Vale – 02 6277 7350 | minister.media@education.gov.au 
Thompson: Philip Calder – 0467 444 760