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SQNNSW Innovation Hub

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?

The UniSQ-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 Members and Network Partners. The collaborative venture was announced on 9 April 2021. The Hub’s capacity to support agricultural innovation was expanded with a further funding announcement to expand the agricultural innovation focus of the Hubs on 6 October 2021.

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.

World renowned climate scientists and community experts from UniSQ Research will lead this Federal Government Hub to help drought-proof the country. The national four-year program will see $86 million shared across the hubs to harness research, development, extension, adoption, commercialisation and knowledge.

Helping to drought-proof Southern Queensland & Northern New South Wales

The University of Southern Queensland will lead an Australian Government hub to help drought-proof Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

Connecting research expertise

Helping to empower primary producers to be more profitable and adaptable, as well as reduce community vulnerability.

Drought and resilience research leader

UniSQ is a key service centre supporting rural communities and farmers through highly relevant research and outreach throughout the region.

Supporting our communities

By working together, we can ensure the future growth and success of our regions and communities, in the face of the ever-present threat of drought.

Email: SQNNSWhub@usq.edu.au
Phone: +61 7 4631 1297
Hub Director: Prof Hon. John McVeigh
Hub Knowledge Broker: Saleena Ham
Hub Manager: Ms Leia Grimsey

Industry and collaborators

This project received funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.