What is the TNQ Hub?

Photo Credit: Cape York, NRM, Fitzroy Basin Association, Reef Catchments and Southern Gulf NRM

The Tropical North Queensland Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub (TNQ Hub) led by James Cook University is helping land managers and communities build resilience to future drought.

TNQ Hub Vison and Mission

Vision: Northern Queensland becomes drought resilient through an innovative, profitable and sustainable agricultural sector and resourceful and adaptable communities.

Mission: The Hub leads a regional, collaborative approach with northern Queensland stakeholders to support the agricultural sector and communities to become more drought and climate resilient.

The TNQ Hub is led by James Cook University and based out of the JCU Ideas Lab in Cairns.  Working in a ‘hub and spoke’ model, the TNQ Hub is partnered closely with six natural resource management (NRM) groups across Tropical North Queensland (TNQ) to deliver drought resilience activities across the region.

Funded by the Australian Governments Future Drought Fund under the Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program, the TNQ Hub is one of eight Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs across Australia established to support land managers and communities prepare for drought.

The Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program objective is to invest into collaborative research, development, extension, adoption and commercialization activities. These activities will help land managers and Tropical North Queensland communities to become more prepared for, and resilient to, future droughts.

Focus of the TNQ Hub

The TNQ Hub brought together farmers, Indigenous landholders, communities, researchers, industry and businesses to collaborate and co-design innovative approaches and solutions for drought resilience in TNQ.

In collaboration with the Node NRMs, the TNQ Hub’s programs will explore transformational change for agriculture in TNQ that aligns with the region’s priorities and the Future Drought Fund’s three interconnected strategic priorities:

  • Economic resilience for an innovative and profitable agriculture sector
  • Environmental resilience for sustainable and improved functioning of farming landscapes
  • Social resilience for resourceful and adaptable communities

You can read about program and activity updates in the latest TNQ Hub Status Report

Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs

The objective of the Federal Government’s Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program is to invest into collaborative research, development, extension, adoption and commercialisation (RDEA&C) activities.

These activities will help primary producers and rural and regional communities to become more prepared for, and resilient to, future droughts. 

Hubs Located across Regional Austalia

Eight Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs in regional Australia

Regional Climate Locations

Hubs will be located in regions within major climatic and agricultural zones across Australia.

Transformational Change

Hubs will facilitate transformational change through co-design of RDEA&C activities.

Community Collaboration

Opportunity for farmers, researchers, local entrepreneurs, Indigenous groups, NRM practitioners, and industry and community groups to work together.

Collaboration Enabling Innovation

Collaboration will enable user-centred innovation, research and adoption where it is needed.

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

TNQ Drought Hub

Photo Credit: Lynne Eagle 

Major Focus of the TNQ Hub

Through the TNQ 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 input into building critical skills as a key input in building resilience to drought and leveraging new tools, approaches and technology.

The Hub’s program activities will align with the Future Drought Funds three interconnected strategic priorities:

  • Economic resilience for an innovative and profitable agriculture sector

  • Environmental resilience for sustainable and improved functioning of farming landscapes

  • Social resilience for resourceful and adaptable communities

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