Southern Queensland and Tropical Northern Queensland to each receive a Hub to promote drought resilience technologies, innovation and uptake in the region
As part of the Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program, the Hubs are two of eight to be established around the country through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.
The stated goal of the project is to pioneer, trial and refine new agricultural and agritech solutions to drought resilience in monitored conditions. By being the first lines of testing for new technologies and innovations in the area, the Hubs will allow local agribusiness to adopt these solutions with greater confidence, with the knowledge that they have already been trialed in local conditions.
Local universities—the University of Southern Queensland for the Southern Queensland Hub and James Cook university for the Tropical Northern Queensland Hub—are set to be the Hub leads, overseeing the co-design with farmers and communities of innovative projects to ensure they deliver what is needed in the region.
The primary location of the Southern Queensland Hub will be in Toowoomba, while the primary location for the Tropical Northern Queensland Hub will be in Cairns.
In addition, the design of the Hubs includes secondary 'nodes' to the primary hub, to ensure that the entire region has access to the research and development. The Southern Queensland Hub will have five nodes, located in Longreach, Roma, Stanthorpe, Lismore and Narrabri, and the Tropical Northern Queensland Hub will have four, located in the Gulf, Mackay and the Whitsundays, Cape York and Burdekin.