The Mallee Regional Innovation Centre’s purpose is to mobilise a network of collaboration, innovation and adaptation that enhances the position of the mallee region as a globally competitive food bowl in an environment that is prosperous, sustainable and resilient.
The Mallee Regional Innovation Centre’s vision for the region is as global leader in collectively innovating and adapting to achieve sustainability of its natural resources and food systems.
The Mallee Regional Innovation Centre acknowledges the generous support from the Victorian State Government. The University of Melbourne was awarded $1.7 million in funding through Regional Development Victoria, with the support of the Mallee Regional Partnership to establish the Centre.
The MRIC team is made up of the Centre Director, Co-Directors and staff.
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Mallee Hydrogen Technology Cluster
Adding value to the region through collaborative projects that will make an impact.
Through the Mallee Regional Innovation Centre, business and industry have the opportunity to work with our University partners, the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, and local technical and training education provider partner SuniTAFE, to identify, formulate and advance research and development projects.
Our focal areas: horticulture, water, energy and the environment
The Centre prioritises engagement with projects that strategically address key challenges of the region in the Centre’s four focal areas of horticulture, water, energy and the environment in irrigated production and natural resource management.
The Centre does this in two ways:
Option 1: Research and Development Team Project
- Define the merits of a project and work with the project partner to scope the project.
- Identify research and development staff from the University of Melbourne and/or La Trobe University that can engage with the project.
- Work as a project group to source funding and execute the project plan.
Option 2: Fee for Service
The Centre provides an opportunity for business and industry to access a gateway to university academics, researchers and PhD candidates for specific projects that require specialised skills.
Have a project idea?
If you have a project idea that aligns with the Centre’s four focal areas, please contact us. We would be happy to talk about the best avenues through which the Centre can support, problem solve and further advance your project.
Find out more about who we are working with and what we are doing.
Green hydrogen in the Mallee
Integrating data to drive decision making on a farm
One Basin CRC
Connecting communities, industry, business and researchers to manage climate and water risks in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Technical innovations for the winter pruning operation for dried vine fruit
Hyperspectral remote sensing for water and nutrient stress detection in orchards
Projects in the Mallee region on biotic and abiotic stress detection using hyperspectral and thermal imaging
Impact of climate change and environmental water delivery on floodplain vegetation: a case study of a connected floodplain-lakes system
Modelling Lake Shore Vegetation in Lake Victoria, NSW
Horticulture Skills Capacity Framework to Build Resilience and Skills Retention
The urgency of finding a coordinated way to address the challenge of attracting and retaining staff in the local horticulture sector was a recurring theme in consultations run by the Victorian Drought Hub’s Northwest Irrigated Horticulture Node. Skills passports and competency frameworks were explored as ways to attract and embed skills into the main horticultural industries of almonds, citrus, table grapes, wine grapes, dried grapes, and summer fruits.
Drivers of Horticultural Growth in the Victorian Mallee
This paper reports on the factors that have driven the significant expansion in irrigated horticulture in the Victorian Mallee over the last twenty years. The report was commissioned by the Mallee CMA and was delivered by MRIC who led a multi-disciplinary team from the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University with considerable support from local experts and industry stakeholders.
Submission to Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) & TransGrid
In response to the Victoria to New South Wales Interconnector West (VNI West) Regulatory Investment Test for Transmission (RIT-T) Project Specification Consultation Report (PSCR) March 2020
Submission to Victoria State Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
In response to the Green hydrogen discussion paper Victorian hydrogen investment program, November 2019 February 2020
Submission to The Department of Agriculture on
Modernising the Research and Development Corporation System December 2019
The tools framework allows the user to search content or to filter it through the four themes of horticulture, water, energy and the environment. Search results will provide direct links to where information is housed.
The Mallee Resource tool will play no role in accessing the materials once the tool has directed the user to the content. The Centre acknowledges that some content is freely available, and others may require the user to pay a fee to access content. Mallee Resources itself holds no copyright and offers no subscriptions to content at this time.
If you have an enquiries about Mallee Resources tool or would like your content to be linked through this gateway, please contact the Centre’s administration via MRICfirstname.lastname@example.org
Mallee Regional Innovation Centre
Building T, SuniTAFE
453 Benetook Avenue, Mildura VIC 3500
The Centre’s footprint encompasses the Mildura Rural City Council and Swan Hill Rural City Council areas. It extends along the Murray River from Swan Hill through Mildura and down to the South Australia border.
Mallee Regional Innovation Centre Office
Telephone: 0481 059 730