Search for a resource

National drought hub Directors collaborate in Launceston

Published by TasFarmHub on 3 April 2023

The Directors of Australia’s Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs are visiting Tasmania this week as part of a nation-wide collaboration to build drought resilient communities.

There are eight hubs across Australia, funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund. They include the TAS Farm Innovation Hub which is based at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) at the University of Tasmania.

TAS Farm Innovation Hub Director Sandra Knowles said it was a real coup for Tasmania to host the national Directors.

“The national hub Directors work together closely to discuss progress towards projects and opportunities to assist farmers to increase drought resilience,” Ms Knowles said. 

“Having the team here in Tasmania is a fantastic opportunity for them to get out on the land and see the work we are doing with our partners and then apply this knowledge to their own projects back home.”

The national Directors will meet with the Tasmanian hub’s Industry Advisory Board on Tuesday. The Board includes representatives from TIA, University of Tasmania, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, Tasmanian Irrigation, Rural Business Tasmania, Tasmanian Women in Agriculture, Cradle Coast NRM, Hydro Tasmania, the state Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

The visit includes a field trip on Wednesday to TIA’s Forthside Vegetable Research Facility on Tasmania’s North West Coast. The 54-hectare farm is used for diverse research trials and teaching that directly contribute to the sustainability and productivity of Tasmania’s agriculture industry. The Directors will hear about a soil restoration project managed by Cradle Coast NRM in partnership with Simplot and Greenham Tasmania which is trialling practices to improve soil health in grazing and intensive horticulture. 

The Directors will also visit two other sites.

“One is a project site managed by Ag Logic and uses soil moisture sensors and current data to inform on-farm decisions,” Ms Knowles said.

“The other site visit is Costa, a commercial berry production facility.”

The visit concludes on Wednesday afternoon. 

Media contact: Melissa Lewarn, 0427 354 058.

Information released by:

Communications Office University of Tasmania

+61 3 6226 2124

Our ParTners

The hub is proud to work with a diverse network of over 20 Industry Partners, Delivery Partners and collaborators to build drought and climate resilience through hub activities. Through this network, we span the entire breadth of the Tasmanian agriculture sector and can support farmers, agricultural businesses and communities.
TAS Farm Innovation Hub - Growing Climate Resilient Communities

Funding & AcknowledgmentS

This program received funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

The Australian Government is contributing $12.4 million over 4 years through the Future Drought Fund under various grants. Hub partners and the University of Tasmania will provide co-contributions of an amount at least equal to the Australian Government funding over the same period.

We acknowledge the palawa/pakana people, the traditional custodians of the land upon which we live and work. We honour their enduring culture and knowledges as vital to the self-determination, wellbeing and resilience of their communities.

Stay Connected 6334 3295
Authorised by Tasmanian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub 2023
© University of Tasmania, Australia. ABN 30 764 374 782. CRICOS Provider Code 00586B.
Forms on this website are protected by reCAPTCHA  (Privacy | Terms)