Communities around Australia want trusted information about coal seam and shale gas, the techniques used in the extraction processes, the environmental risks and social and economic impacts.

Message from the director

The New Year is fast approaching but before we look towards what 2015 will bring, I’d like to take stock of the last six months of 2014.

Throughout the many presentations, workshops, briefings, forums and conferences that I’ve attended, the one key theme that keeps coming up is communication! The need for timely, accessible and effective communication of the research and research results is critical to evidence-based decision making.

Communities around Australia want trusted information about coal seam and shale gas, the techniques used in the extraction processes, the environmental risks and social and economic impacts associated with these developments.

GISERA is inclusive in its science communication and engagement with advocates and opponents of CSG and shale gas development. Its communication program is based on providing trusted, accessible and effective communication in situations where the community has little to no shared values and high uncertainty about desirable outcomes.

GISERA’s extensive communication program has prepared the foundation upon which research results will be positively received. GISERA’s communication has focused on establishing and maintaining trust, gaining endorsement of our goals and methods and demonstrating transparency. These positive and hard-won attributes underpin the value of the investment in research. All GISERA research and outcomes are publicly available on our website.

The continued demand for information and advice from GISERA shows that GISERA is meeting the needs of a range of stakeholders and that it is seen as a source of trusted information.

Some of our key communication highlights over the last six months include:

  • Production of two short animations, unearthing coal seam gas and unearthing shale gas that provides an overview of the extraction process; from drilling the well to what happens with the extracted gas and water. Also explained are some potential impacts of development.
  • Developing Shale gas in Australia information
  • Running a series of community information sessions for Traditional Owners in the Carnarvon Basin (WA) about shale gas
  • Raising awareness of GISERA’s social and economic research portfolio via profiling the community wellbeing and functioning survey on radio, print media and online.
  • Hosting the community Social and economic CSG research forum in Chinchilla.

GISERA intends to host more CSG research forums in 2015, the next two will focus on the research in our Surface and groundwater and Agricultural land management portfolios.

I look forward to sharing more research updates with you in the New Year. Wishing you all a great and safe festive season.

Cheers,
Damian Barrett, Director GISERA and CSIRO Research Director, Unconventional Gas

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Last updated: 31 January, 2019

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