Media Release - DKA releases its new Strategic Plan 2023-2025
Mar 14, 2023
Services: Desert Knowledge Precinct
Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) is pleased to announce the release of its Strategic Plan 2023-2025
Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) is pleased to announce the release of its Strategic Plan 2023 – 2025, which delineates a roadmap of priorities and key initiatives developed in consultation with partners, stakeholders, government agencies and the local business community.
In December 2022, an energised Board renewed DKA’s purpose to ‘share our place on country to innovate, progress social wellbeing and sustainability for desert and arid communities.’
While DKA’s objectives broadly focus on socioeconomic development and environmental sustainability, the new Strategic Plan highlights a return to DKA’s founding purpose – as advocate and facilitator for the progress and sustainability of the desert region and its people – but with initial actions strategically focused on two priority timelines: short term, and long term.
The short term pillar aims to accelerate development of DKA’s ecosystem through activation of the Desert Knowledge Precinct (DKP), strengthening existing partnerships and networks, and expanding revenue streams via prospective partners.
Immediate projects include developing onsite accommodation, to be made available to DKP students and research alumni, nurturing synergies between partners, tenants and visitors, and effectively increasing utilisation of the space.
The long term pillar will see DKA’s key partnerships progress the Desert Resilience Initiative via the establishment of a ‘Living Lab’ to collaborate on deep dive research into the most urgent needs of our remote communities, such as:
- Climate resilience
- Water scarcity
- Renewable energy
- Extreme heat mitigation
- Climate adaptive housing
This will allow DKA to better explore and coordinate implementation of sustainable service systems, thereby accelerating the roll-out of solutions to address the most prevalent problems being faced by desert communities.
‘The DKA Board is proud of our strategic plan and thanks all the people across government, education and community sectors who willingly gave their time and offered valuable insights into it. The hard work is ahead of us now to deliver on this ambitious but timely plan that will see benefits and positive impacts across the region’, said DKA Chair, Sera Bray.
“With Precinct Partners, Batchelor Institute & Centre for Appropriate Technology, we’re working to ensure the potential of the Precinct is realised, and its value to the wider community clearly demonstrated. Ultimately, our collective goal is to be established as a national and international Centre for research and education on sustainable desert living – and, we want our central Australian community to be a part of the journey, because we truly are all in this together,” said CEO Jimmy Cocking.