Griffith University

Developing sustainable management strategies.

The team of Griffith researchers and industry and government partners were awarded an Australian Research Council grant of r over $690,000 to advance this work to co-design a digital and community toolbox to assist residents living in remote communities with the sustainable and efficient management of water and energy.

The iKnow, WE know™ toolbox, named to reflect the interaction of Indigenous Environmental, and traditional knowledge and culture around water and energy practices, combined with digital approaches to create practical, culturally appropriate tools that support sustainable, climate resilient water and energy use and management.

Founder of Indigenous Technology, Cheryl Bailey, enabling Indigenous communities through design and delivery of ethical and sustainable business technology outcomes.

Project partner and Director and Founder of Indigenous Technologies, Muruwari woman Cheryl Bailey said the challenge is to find ways to engage communities appropriately using day to day means such as smart phones and Apps.

By understanding the challenges of life in remote Australia and working closely with locals, we will identify and co-design with local communities some reasonable and realistic ways to reduce non-essential water and energy use, Ms Bailey said.

This will include near-real time feedback of water and energy use, community digital notice boards, virtual water stories from community Elders and online leak reporting and repair training and tracking.

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