Newsletter #2

We are excited to see the contract between the Commonwealth and JCU for the Tropical North Queensland Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub has been fully executed as of 16th June 2021.

We are now working towards establishing contracts with Hub Members and for key personnel.  From there we will move towards initiating meetings with each of the Hub Nodes to begin the initial co-design and co-identification workshops to understand the needs, wants and challenges of Tropical North Queensland towards building drought resilient communities. 

In parallel the TNQ Hub will establish a formal Steering Committee that will be accountable for strategic prioritisation of operations of the TNQ Hub.

In addition, a Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee will be established and provide additional support to the TNQ Hub Director to draw together research expertise and to advise on research design, integrity, funding and translation pathways.

We are looking forward to getting out into the regions, working with all the Hub Members, Partners, and Stakeholders and will send out more information about our visit to your region in the near future.

Dan Christie, Director

Know someone who wants to be involved?

Whats Next?

Hub Members and Network Partners have received a Co-Contribution Declaration* Form, which is due back to the TNQ Drought hub on the 21st of July (revised date) for submission to the department by the 30th of July 2021. 

*The declaration is to be completed by each Adoption and Innovation Hub member every six months as outlined in the Grant Agreement. The TNQ Hub will submit declarations  to the National Centre for Adoption and Innovation Hubs, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment for verification.

Are you a Network Partner who is interested in becoming a Hub Member OR did you miss out at application stage and  are interested in becoming a Network Partner, then click the find out more button below:

TNQ Hub (Wet Tropics Node)

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 to building resilience to drought and leveraging new tools, approaches and technology.

TNQ Drought Hub Team


Yvette Everingham

Transformational Agricultural Systems


Stewart Lockie

Coordination & Outreach

Brook Orr

Innovation & Commercialisation


Allan Dale

Sustainable Aboriginal Enterprise


Hurriyet Babacan

Building Human Capacity


Dan Christie

Interim Director

Rachel Hay

Rachel Hay

Interim Knowledge Broker

Introducing Simon Page –
Project Officer

Simon was born and bred in Townsville and has many years’ experience working in complex, large and geographically dispersed organisations based from both Townsville and Brisbane. Simon’s previous experience includes working with JCU Connect, Queensland Country Health Fund and many years with the Department of Health. Simon brings a wide range of skills to the TNQHub and is looking forward to being involved in a program that will help Australian farmers and communities prepare for, and become more resilient to, the impacts of drought.

Simon Page

TNQ Drought Hub Nodes

1 TNQ Hub Cairns
   James Cook University
2 Tropical North node
   Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Ltd
3 Gulf of Carpentaria node
   Southern Gulf Natural Resource Management Ltd
4 Fitzroy node
   Fitzroy Basin Association
5 Mackay and Whitsundays node
   Reef Catchments (Mackay Whitsundays Isaac) Ltd
6 Burdekin node
   NQ Dry Tropics Ltd

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