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Project name Adoption and Innovation Hub for Drought Resilience – Tasmania (the Innovation Hub)
Funding bodies The Australian Government will contribute $8 million over 4 years through the Future Drought Fund. Innovation Hub Partners will provide co-contributions of $13.2 million over 4 years.
Lead researcher Innovation Hub Director, Associate Professor Katherine Evans
Partners Beanstalk Agtech, Bush Heritage Australia, Cape Herbert, Definium Technologies, Highland Conservation, Horticulture Innovation Australia, Hydro Tasmania, NRM Cradle Coast, NRM North, NRM South, Private Forests Tasmania, Rural Business Tasmania, Soils for Life, Southern Cross University, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, Tasmanian Irrigation, Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Tasmanian Women in Agriculture, TasWater, The Derwent Catchment Project, University of Tasmania.

The Adoption and Innovation Hub for Drought Resilience – Tasmania (the Innovation Hub) will seek to build the capabilities of farmers and rural communities to better prepare for drought. Diverse partners and network supporters across a spectrum of values, expertise, and relevant experience will work together to ensure the Innovation Hub’s purpose is realised - to empower Tasmanian farmers, and those who support them, to build valuable relationships, access critical information and participate in knowledge-building activities to drive more innovation in their businesses. Through its activities the Innovation Hub will also seek to enhance community well-being to mitigate the increasing risk of drought and other extreme climatic events – to make a real difference in the lives of primary producers and the communities in which they live.

Part of a strong national network of eight hubs located in key agricultural and climatic zones around Australia, the Innovation Hub is funded under the Commonwealth Government’s $5 billion Future Drought Fund. Its operations are based in Launceston and Hobart, at campuses of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture at the University of Tasmania.

Find out more about the Tasmania Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub.

See the Innovation Hub’s introductory video.

Innovation Hub Operations Team
Director - Associate Professor Katherine Evans
Deputy Director - Professor Caroline Mohammed
Knowledge Broker - Dr Liana Williams
Industry Development – Brian Field
Communications Manager – Tamara Clark
Operations Manager – Paulene Harrowby

Contact us at FDF.Tas.Hub@utas.edu.au