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Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

Striving to drought-proof Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
USQ Vice Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, Professor John Bell and David Littleproud MP smiling at the camera.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management the Hon David Littleproud MP has announced details of the first of eight Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs, a flagship of the multi-billion-dollar Future Drought Fund

The Australian Government will invest $8 million in the University of Southern Queensland led hub over four years, with more than $11 million contribution from hub members. USQ will head the Southern Queensland/Northern New South Wales hub, headquartered in Toowoomba with nodes in Stanthorpe, Roma, Longreach, Lismore and Narrabri.

USQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor John Bell emphasised the importance of a holistic approach to drought preparedness. 

'By connecting research expertise with existing on-the-ground knowledge, we’ll help empower primary producers to be more profitable and adaptable, as well as reduce community vulnerability.'

The Southern Queensland/Northern New South Wales hub will work closely with industry, community and First Nations People and Traditional Owner groups throughout the region

USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the announcement recognised the University’s global leadership in drought and resilience research.

'We are a key service centre supporting rural communities and farmers through highly relevant research and outreach throughout the region,' she said.

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