Large investments in water research over the past 15 years have improved water management significantly and have brought Australia to the top of water engineering. The extreme droughts and floods on large scales have forced the Australians to rethink their approach to agriculture. And the continuous growth of the resources market makes it crucial to get better insight in its effects on the environment. Mining has had a substantial environmental impact in some areas of Australia and the coastal developments needed to meet the demands of the exporters could potentially threaten the coastal ecosystems of Australia. A growing population and industry have initiated substantial developments in integrated urban water management and the development of water sensitive cities.
These investments and developments have led to a highly skilled community of researchers and consultants in Australia. However, the scale of the problems is such that there still is a need for expert input from outside Australia; both in expertise and capacity. Additionally, high tech markets like in Australia allow Deltares to accelerate innovation through international collaboration and potentially access to local R&D funding. This is where Deltares can offer added value.
The scale of our activities in New Zealand is somewhat smaller, but we can offer expertise to address some of the problems New Zealand has with water quality and we see potential there as well. Our connections with the academic world are good and we can build upon those as well.
What can we offer to Australia and New Zealand?
We want to be an innovative, reliable, independent partner that wants to share its knowledge and expertise with both clients and consultants. To support our activities in Australia and New Zealand we have local staff based in Brisbane (Alex Minett) and Taupo (Rogier Westerhoff). We are currently investigating possibilities to have a permanent base on the West Coast of Australia (Perth) as well.
Top 5 Projects in Australia:
Simone van Schijndel
Manager Operational Water Management and Early Warning
Regional Coordinator Australia