The Mallee Regional Innovation Centre’s purpose is driving collaboration to promote innovation in practical research, development and the adoption to address the key challenges of the region in horticulture and natural resource management.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Mallee Resources is a gateway to information (research data, maps, reports, submissions and other like sources) about the region. 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 MRICemail@example.com
Thursday 2:30pm–4:00pmMallee Regional Innovation Centre BriefingEvent
The Mallee Regional Innovation Centre (MRIC) will be a leading partner in The University of Melbourne’s Victoria Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub.Media release
The people of the Mallee have a long-held reputation for producing new technologies. Now the Mallee Regional Innovation Centre is drawing on this expertise to tackle some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing Victoria’s north west, and beyond.Media release
Local expertise will play a crucial role in work by the proposed ONE Basin Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to ensure the region’s farms and businesses are well-prepared for changing climatic and market conditions.Media release
The National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) today announced funding to develop an Australian network of hydrogen clusters, one of which will be led by the Mallee Regional Innovation Centre (MRIC) in Mildura.News
Regional and remote communities are shaping the way research and development is designed, built, integrated and serviced to create real-world impacts in around the world, with collaboration at the heart of these efforts.News
WednesdayRegional research & innovation in water and agricultureVideo of Water Security Event
Subtle shifts in the way light interacts with crops plus changes in plant temperature are just two of the early signs of infection used to detect some of the most threatening plant diseases for Australian agriculture.News
New University of Melbourne research finds grapevine prunings – an abundant source of agricultural crop waste – can be turned into recycled building materials.News
Mildura Base Public Hospital has taken another big step in the fight against the coronavirus by unveiling five new Isolation Hoods.News
An article from Vine magazine. See page 14 to read more about the Dried Vine Pruning project.News
Read Regional Institute Australia's Co-CEO Dr Kym Houghton's article from the Canberra Times about 'building, back better' post COVID.News
The launch of the Mallee Regional Innovation Centre (MRIC) in Mildura has been haled as the beginning of a new commitment to research, innovation and collaboration for the Mallee region.News
A new report for the government that investigates the causes of the recent mass fish deaths in the lower Darling River finds climate change and water access agreements helped create a deadly mix.News
Good science is vital to rescuing the Basin, but the SA royal commission pushes the argument too far.News
The death of up to a million fish on a stretch of the Darling River highlights the need for the full implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.Pursuit
Drones will one day help Australian farms think for themselves: living, breathing self-sufficient pieces of land.Pursuit
After more than 100 years of degradation, a plan limiting and returning water to Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin is seeing positive results
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.
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Communications Manager (Media)
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, The University of Melbourne
Telephone: +61 3 9035 4306
Mobile: +61 466 473 741