[ASC-media] Innovation Award Winners announced last night in
jenni at econnect.com.au
Fri May 20 09:12:04 EST 2005
Lighter, stronger aircraft, better pest control, detecting health fraud and
Indigenous land knowledge
- CRC Association Awards for Excellence in Innovation
Sky no limit for lighter, stronger aircraft
Research conducted by the Advanced Composite Structures CRC will result in
lighter, stronger, and more economical passenger aircraft that is also more
comfortable for passengers.
A core participant in the CRC, Hawker de Havilland, will use the outcomes of
the CRC's research in the design and manufacture of all the flaps, spoilers
and ailerons of the new Boeing 787. These components are crucial for
control, landing and braking.
This huge "Tier One" contract for Hawker de Havilland is likely to span
three decades, directly support hundreds of Australian jobs and result in
export sales of $4 billion over the life of the program.
Australian Cotton CRC researchers have developed a new pest management tool
that will reduce insecticide use and ensure the sustainability of the cotton
Their Magnet® technology uses chemicals which can kill insects by luring
them to a deposit of insecticide. Less than 2% of a field needs to be
treated with insecticide when Magnet® is used.
The Australian cotton industry is Australia's fifth largest agricultural
industry with exports of around $1.5 billion. The benefits of Magnet® will
be substantial to the cotton industry where insect control represents 35% of
growers' annual operating costs.
Doctoring the figures
The Capital Markets CRC has produced the world's first real-time health
fraud detection technology known as Dtechtive.
Health fraud is estimated to be costing Australia $1.8 billion per annum.
This is around 10% of health claims. Successful early trials of Dtechtive
have identified fraud levels of 4%, a possible saving of $720 million per
annum to the health industry.
These savings could mean a substantial difference to the Australian health
industry, for example in reducing waiting lists and increasing available
Passing the torch
Yalanji-Warranga Kaban. Yalanji People of the Rainforest Fire Management
Book has evolved from collaborative fire research between the Rainforest CRC
and Yalanji Traditional Owners from the World Heritage listed Daintree
The book explores traditional natural resource management, transfers oral
history into written words, both in English and - for the first time - in
Yalanji language. The passing on of this intimate traditional knowledge in
natural resource management will make a significant contribution to future
All award winners will be available for interview by the media today. The
submissions of each award winner giving full details of their research are
available from Jenni Metcalfe. Additional media releases and photos of award
winners are also available.
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