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Fairclough appointment to help Werribee market-garden district

Victoria University's Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI) has announced the appointment of Dr Bob Fairclough as Adjunct Professor.

ISI's Director, Professor Stephen Gray said: "Bob's appointment will enhance research into water resource management and into the behavioural aspects of water use. He will be involved in assisting in the development of grant proposals, mentoring staff and developing and maintaining linkages with relevant industries and community organisations.

"Professor Fairclough will also work with Werribee South farmers and Southern Rural Water, as well as other stakeholders, to reduce the salinity (salt levels) of recycled water from the Werribee Waste Treatment Plant."

Recycled water from the plant is used to irrigate the market-garden district but high salt concentration in the water has the potential of harming farmers' yields.

Professor Fairclough said he is looking forward to working with a range of interested parties on research to reduce salt levels in the recycled water.

He said: "Collaboration with a number of parties, including local industries and the Wyndham City Council, will be a key feature of the research program, which will also include an advocacy campaign to encourage household consumers to switch to using washing detergents with a lower salt content."

Professor Fairclough joined VU in 1992 and was Head of the School of Life Sciences from 1997 to 2002. Prior to his appointment at the University, Dr Fairclough was the Director of the Animal Research Institute in Werribee.

Throughout his career, he has published 91 research papers and received research grants totalling $5.9 million, and funding of $3.8 million for equipment and research facilities at Victoria University. Professor Fairclough is a serving councillor at the Wyndham City Council following his re-election to council for a second term in 2008.

A photo of Bob Fairclough is available on request.

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