Tropical North Queensland Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

The Tropical North Queensland Hub (TNQ Hub) is led by James Cook University (JCU). The hub will support farmers and communities in Tropical North Queensland to become more drought resilient.


The Australian Government will contribute $8 million over 4 years through the Future Drought Fund. Hub partner will provide co-contributions of $18.5 million over 4 years.


FDF Hub map QLD

TNQ Hub and node locations

The core site is at the JCU Ideas Lab in Cairns. Hub nodes are in:

  • Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Tropical North
  • Fitzroy
  • Burdekin
  • Mackay and the Whitsundays.

Key industries

Drought has significant impact on the wellbeing of people and communities across Tropical North Queensland.

Drought affects all industries but particularly Tropical North Queensland agriculture industries including sugar, beef, dairy, vegetable, citrus and tropical fruit.

Major focus

Through the hub, farmers, Indigenous landholders, communities, researchers and business will come together to co-design approaches and solutions for drought resilience in Tropical North Queensland.

Innovative approaches will be explored that translate into the Tropical North Queensland context and knowledge will be made available, shared and curated to ensure approaches and solutions are well informed.

The hub will also help build critical skills as a key input in building resilience to drought and leveraging new tools, approaches and technology.

TNQ Hub leaders

Director: Dan Christie

Knowledge Broker: Dr Rachel Hay



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Hub members

  • Enterprise Management Group Pty Ltd
  • Fitzroy Basin Association
  • Landcare Australia Ltd
  • Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Ltd
  • NQ Dry Tropics Ltd
  • Reef Catchments (Mackay Whitsundays Isaac) Ltd
  • Sensand Technologies Pty Ltd
  • Southern Gulf Natural Resource Management Pty Ltd
  • Sugar Research Australia Ltd
  • Torres Cape Indigenous Council Alliance Inc
  • University of Queensland


Document Pages File size
Future Drought Fund: Tropical North Queensland Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub PDF  2 373 KB
Future Drought Fund: Tropical North Queensland Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub DOCX  2 890 KB

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Last reviewed: 23 June 2021
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