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Winner announced for $10,000 Travel Youth Fellowship to study sustainable irrigation


An active role in researching and promoting the use of recycled water in Australia has won Matthew Shanahan the prestigious 2008/2009 National Program for Sustainable Irrigation/ Irrigation Australia Limited (IAL) Travel Fellowship.
Matthew’s win was announced last week at IAL’s industry dinner in Canberra. To win the $10000 Travel Fellowship, Matthew, a young, enthusiastic and committed irrigation industry professional currently working with RM Consulting Group (RMCG) in the fields of recycled water and sustainable irrigation management, had to make a case for how his proposed travel would help to achieve his vision for water reuse in irrigation.
Alison Carmichael, Acting CEO of IAL, said Matthew’s application was excellent. “Applicants must demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of major strategic issues facing the industry in the next ten years and communicate their own vision for the industry,” she said. “Matthew’s vision is for a productive, profitable and sustainable irrigation industry through the access to and the use of recycled water.
Matthew says it’s a very exciting win for him. “I will use the opportunity to travel to the United Arab Emirates, Israel and Spain to see first hand alternative water use options in use by other countries’, who have been managing severe water limitations for decades.
Alison Carmichael said the travel fellowship supports the aim of the National Program for Sustainable Irrigation to build research capacity in the irrigation industry. Program coordinator, Guy Roth, said Matthew is passionate about his work. “Matthew has worked on innovation for the Werribee Tourist Precinct Recycled water scheme using Class A water for the irrigation of pasture, sporting fields and open space. He is currently helping Victorian irrigators modernise their practise”.
The National Program for Sustainable Irrigation is managed by Land & Water Australia on behalf of fourteen partners, including irrigators, water authorities, research agencies, State and Commonwealth government agencies and commodity groups. The Program coordinates major irrigation research projects across Australia.
Previous Fellowship winners have included Kimberly Graham, who travelled to China and Brasil looking at diverse models for community engagement in water use, and Anna Price from Kununurra who travelled to Pakistan, Malaysia and Brazil to look at environmental and irrigation management in tropical climates. 
Matthew will develop a program for communicating the results of his study to the irrigation science community and industry as part of his fellowship studies including the IAL conference in Swan Hill in late 2009 and Reuse 2009.
“I can’t wait to explore and identify opportunities to overcome barriers to the adoption of alternative water sources in Australia, says Matthew.
For further information:
Alison Carmichael, Acting CEO, IAL 02 9476 0142
Matthew Shanahan: 03 5441 4821


Land & Water Australia. 2008. Winner announced for $10,000 Travel Youth Fellowship to study sustainable irrigation. [Online] (Updated March 27th, 2009)
Available at: [Accessed Saturday 26th of October 2013 04:29:59 PM ].

id: 2723 / created: 07 October, 2008 / last updated: 27 March, 2009