Australian Cotton Cooperative Research Centre 1999-2005

The Australian Cotton Cooperative Research Centre (Cotton CRC) commenced operations on 1st July 1999, succeeding the Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Cotton Production, which was established in 1993. It has played a vital role in the development and growth of an economically and environmentally sustainable Australian cotton industry.

Working in close collaboration with various industry bodies, the Cotton CRC has been a member of the Australian Cotton Industry Council where, together with the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, it represents the interests of the cotton research community.

Close ties with the Australian Cotton Growers Research Association and Cotton Consultants Australia has ensured the relevance of research and extension priorities. The Cotton CRC has interacted widely with the community and industry through specialised discipline groups, an Advisory Committee and various liaison committees.

While much of the Cotton CRC has been centred at the Australian Cotton Research Institute near Narrabri, New South Wales, personnel were also located throughout the eastern states at Wee Waa, Sydney, Canberra, Armidale, Geelong, Emerald, Toowoomba, Dalby, Biloela, Brisbane, St George, Goondiwindi, Moree, Bourke, Gunnedah, Tamworth, Warren, Hillston and Griffith; and in northern Australia at Darwin, Katherine, Douglas Daly, Broome, Kununurra and Richmond.

The Cotton CRC’s term ended on 30 June 2005, following the welcome decision by the Australian Government to fund a new, larger Cotton Catchment Communities CRC, which, as its name implies, will bring a broader focus to the relationship between the Australian cotton industry and its local catchments and communities.

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