- Emerging rural and regional policy considerations for Queensland: an overview paper
- Rural economic issues: a background paper
- Sowing the seeds: creating a regional innovation ecosystem in Goondiwindi
- Connectivity and inclusion in Far North Queensland's agricultural communities
- Rural and regional work force policy: the Queensland scene
- Irrigation from the Boyne River: the Value of Improved Water Security
- Place-value and ‘partnership, collaboration and cooperation’-focused development in remote areas
- Varying impacts of Covid-19 across Queensland Regions
- Social and Economic Impacts of Digital Connection in Remote Communities: Central Western Queensland
- Describing, analysing and comparing edible oyster supply chains in Australia
- Can cooperative business models coordinate horizontal and vertical supply chains? A case study in the Australian pineapple industry
- Describing and analysing the Pacific oyster supply chain in Australia
- Consumer demands - seizing the opportunities in the beef industry
- Leveraging digital development in regional and rural Queensland: Policy Discussion Paper
- Supply Chains of the Sheep and Goat Meat Industry
- Examining Innovative Policies to Sustain Environmental Offsets in Rural Communities
- Oct 2021- Making Sense of Markets for Ecosystem Services
- Nov 2021 - Changing rural economies
- Dec 2021 - The future of regional and rural workforce
- Leading economic recovery in regional communities
- An Introduction to Nature Valuation
- Striving for Digital Connectivity
- Production Economics – Modelling production at the enterprise level
- Supply Chains – Analysis from input suppliers through to end markets
- Annual Forum 2021
Drought Innovation Hubs: Southern QLD and Northern NSW
Australian farmers live the reality of a changing climate with sometimes devastating impacts on production and profit. What do they need to not just survive, but thrive into the future?
The Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales (SQNNSW) Hub based at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba is one of eight national Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs, a flagship of the multi-billion-dollar Future Drought Fund. The Australian Government is investing $10 million in the Hub over four years, with more than $10 million contribution from Hub Members and Network Partners. The Hub has more than 20 members and partners, a list that will continue to grow.
The Hub is based at Toowoomba in Southern Queensland, with Nodes strategically positioned at Longreach, Roma and Stanthorpe in Queensland, and Armidale, Lismore and Narrabri in New South Wales.
The Hub will empower stakeholders to co-design drought preparedness activities for the region, across a range of agricultural industries and communities in the areas of wellbeing and employability, agribusiness, climate and finance, and mental health.
There’s a wealth of research that can help agricultural industries and regional communities build resilience and innovation, and it’s the role of the Hub to make sure the best of that knowledge reaches the people who can make the best use of it.
The Hub’s planned activities include:
- developing and maintaining co-innovation networks around each Node
- producing decision-focussed drought management toolkits , tailored to specific industries
- connecting regions and industries with capacity building activities and information
- establishing four demonstration sites across Northern New South Wales, to give farmers the opportunity to experience first-hand the application of new technologies/approaches to increase drought resilience in farming systems
- consult with First Nations to gain cultural knowledge for environmental/ecological values for water and caring for country, and developing training packages to share and build Indigenous knowledge of drought
- developing and delivering online wellbeing & employability toolkit(s) specifically targeted for communities impacted by drought
- participating in the annual Future Drought Fund Science to Practice Forum
- providing additional support for funded cross-sectoral innovative R&D projects via PhD student top-up scholarships
- initiating innovation awards, and
- identifying opportunities for the commercialisation of innovations designed to support improved drought resilience.
The Hub is about helping people find a way to maintain the sustainability of the landscapes, families, businesses and communities (human and natural) of the region. The Hub will work closely with RECoE and its Future Drought Fund projects to support our regions and communities. The next few years are going to be exciting, but more importantly, they’re going to support our communities and sectors as they move forward towards that sustainable future, with help from the team at the Southern Queensland Northern New South Wales Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub.