Earlier this year saw the announcement of the Tropical North Queensland Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub (TNQ Hub) based in Cairns and led by James Cook University. This hub is one of eight sprawled across Australia and are a centrepiece of the $5 billion Future Drought Fund. The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment will lead the co-ordination of the Hubs and support them to become interconnected agricultural innovation precincts.
Federal ministers; Hon. Michael McCormack MP, Hon. David Littleproud MP, Hon. Michelle Landry MP, Hon. Warren Entsch MP along with TNQ Hub members and associates attended the announcement of the Tropical North Queensland Hub in April at the JCU Ideas Lab.
For the interim, Dan Christie holds the position as Director and Dr Rachel Hay as the Knowledge Broker for the TNQ Hub. The JCU team also include Prof Stewart Lockie (Director, The Cairns Institute), Prof Yvette Everingham (Director, JCU Centre for Agriculture), Luke Deacon (JCU Connect), Prof Hurriyet Babacan (Professorial Research Fellow) and Prof Allan Dale (Tropical Regional Development Leader).
“The Hub embodies a vision of Tropical North Queensland as a region characterised by an innovation and profitable agricultural sector, resourceful and adaptable communities and sustainable farming landscapes. The region’s exports of produce, knowledge and technology. To achieve drought resilience in Tropical North Queensland, the Hub, must take a whole of systems approach that is transformational, inclusive and strategic.” Prof Stewart Lockie.