The University of Southern Queensland led Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales (SQNNSW) Hub is one of eight national Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs, a flagship of the multi-billion-dollar Future Drought Fund. The Australian Government is investing $10 million in the University of Southern Queensland led hub over four years, with more than $10 million contribution from Hub Partners.
The SQNNSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub, headquartered in Toowoomba, will have resources spread throughout the region in a ‘hub-and-spoke’ model, to work collaboratively to address local drought resilience research and innovation priorities, with the core aim of ensuring primary producers and our regional communities are better prepared for, and resilient to, future droughts.
The hub will empower stakeholders to co-design drought preparedness activities for the region. Hub members will apply proven drought-resilience research on the ground to improve innovation and adoption across agriculture, industry and the community.
Australian farmers live the reality of a changing climate with sometimes devastating impacts on production and profit. What do they need to not just survive, but thrive into the future?
World renown climate scientists and community experts from USQ will lead this Federal Government hub to help drought-proof the country. The national four-year program will see $86million shared across the regionally based hubs to harness research, development, extension, adoption, commercialisation and knowledge.
USQ is a regional university at the heart of our community and aims to drive productivity for the regions; and undertake research with impact in key areas of focus, including space and defence, health, agriculture and regional development. From dedicated climate science and drought mitigation through our Centre for Applied Climate Sciences to our Institute for Resilient Regions’ economics, cultural heritage and mental health research, we have the ideal expertise to lead the Federal Governments efforts in this space.