Issue 5
Wednesday, 07 July 2021
Charles Darwin University
Charles Darwin University has joined peak organisations in the NT and WA to boost drought resilience
Charles Darwin University has joined peak organisations in the NT and WA to boost drought resilience

Drought hub rolls out in the Territory and Western Australia

Charles Darwin University (CDU) has partnered with other organisations to boost drought resilience and agricultural productivity.

The Northern Western Australia and Northern Territory (NWANT) Hub is part of the Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub with the Federal Government’s Future Drought Fund Science to Practice Innovation Forum, ‘Building the Foundations of Drought Resilience’.

The Hub will connect communities and producers with innovative technologies and practices that will benefit the Northern Territory and Western Australia environment, economy and people.

In addition to CDU, the NWANT Hub coordinating group includes the Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association, Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association, Northern Territory Farmers Association, Territory Natural Resource Management, the Rangelands Natural Resource Management, Regional Development Australia NT and the Western Australia and Northern Territory Governments.

The NWANT Hub will build upon research, extension and adoption projects and practices across Northern WA and NT and operate from partner locations including Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs, Broome, Carnarvon and Kalgoorlie.

CDU Director of Research and Innovation Dr Steve Rogers said drought preparation offers real value to Northern regional and remote communities.

“This is an important first step in getting Hub partners together to deliver practical solutions and strategies to assist producers to better manage drought in our communities,” Dr Rogers said.

“A key goal will be future research priorities. It will be up to the Hub to set the research agenda which will best support primary producers in the NT and WA,” he said.