Southern QLD/Northern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

The Southern QLD/Northern NSW Hub is led by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).


The Australian Government will contribute $10 million over 4 years through the Future Drought Fund. Hub partners will provide co-contributions of $10.8 million over 4 years.



SQLD-NNSW Hub and node locations

The core site is at USQ in Toowoomba.

Hub nodes are in:

  • Longreach
  • Roma
  • Stanthorpe
  • Lismore
  • Narrabri

The University of New England will host a dedicated node in Armidale to service Northern NSW.

Key industries

Key industries include:

  • horticulture and viticulture
  • grains
  • grazing
  • sugarcane
  • tree crops
  • livestock
  • cotton

Major focus

The hub will engage with farmers, traditional owners, agribusinesses, and mental health services. The hub will empower stakeholders and existing service providers to co-design drought preparedness activities for the region. Hub members will apply proven drought-resilience research on the ground. The hub will improve innovation and adoption across agriculture, industry and the community.

SQLD/NNSW Hub leaders

Director: Interim: Professor John McVeigh

Knowledge Broker: Dr Ann Starasts



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Hub members

  • University of New England
  • Queensland College of Wine Tourism (University of Southern Queensland)
  •  The University of Newcastle
  • The Regenerative Agriculture Alliance & Farming Together (Southern Cross University)
  • TAFE Queensland
  • Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • New South Wales DPI (through the Department of Regional NSW)
  • Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD)
  • Healthy Land and Water Ltd
  • Southern Gulf NRM Ltd
  • Local Land Services (NSW)
  • Southern Queensland Landscapes
  • Australian Meat Processor Corporation
  • Sugar Research Australia
  • Agri-Business Development Institute
  • Willis Towers Watson
  • AgRee Commodities
  • Landcare Farming Program (on behalf of National Landcare Network).

Network partners

  • Queensland Farmers’ Federation
  • Australian Organic Ltd
  • ThinkPlace Australia
  • Beanstalk/Impact Innovation Group Ltd
  • Celsius Pro (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Growcom
  • Canegrowers Queensland.


  • Australian Red Cross
  • The University of Queensland
  • Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprises
  • Queensland Cropping Research
  • Meat & Livestock Australia
  • GreenCollar Group
  • Sunshot Energy Pty Ltd
  • CRC for High Performance Soils
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • LGAQ
  • AgForce
  • GRDC
  • Agrifood Connect
  • The proposed ONE Basin CRC
  • The World Meteorological Organisation.



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Future Drought Fund: Southern Queensland/Northern New South Wales Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub PDF  2 360 KB
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Last reviewed: 17 September 2021
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