Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

Welcome to the Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub: a consortium of nine regional partners including primary producers, Indigenous, industry and community groups, researchers, entrepreneurs, education institutions, resource management practitioners and government agencies.

Charles Sturt University is proud to lead the Southern NSW Innovation Hub, one of eight hubs being established across Australia to combat drought and form the epicentre of user-driven innovation, research and adoption and facilitate transformational change through the co-design of research, development, extension, adoption and commercialisation (RDEA&C) activities.

Based at the Charles Sturt University AgriPark in Wagga Wagga, the Southern NSW Innovation Hub will enable regional stakeholders to have a voice in drought resilience activities, collaborate with experts, gain access to resources, and participate in adoption programs such as workshops, seminars and field days.

Program highlights

Economic resilience for an innovative and profitable agricultural sector

Social resilience for resourceful and adaptable communities

Environmental resilience for sustainable and improved functioning of farming landscapes

About the Hub

Southern NSW Region

The northern boundary of the Southern NSW Innovation Hub is described by a line from Broken Hill to Cobar, which joins the Macquarie catchment northern boundary near Quambone. We include most of the Macquarie River catchment, specifically the higher elevation areas in the upper reaches and Macquarie River-dependent irrigation areas, and lower reaches of the Darling River, south of 32 degrees latitude.

The Hub boundary follows the western and southern edges of the Hunter catchment and joins the northern edges of the Sydney Catchment near Kandos and meets the coast near the mouth of the Hawkesbury River. The Hub's southern and western boundaries are the VIC and SA state borders.

More information on the Australian Government Future Drought Fund

We are looking for prospective PhD candidates

Are you interested in gaining a doctoral qualification, while working with primary producers and industry partners? Are you interested in delivering new ways of thinking that help producers and communities vulnerable to drought become more resilient and to flourish? Would you like to receive a stipend of $28,854 per annum (tax free*) while you undertake your research?

The Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub is looking for a prospective PhD candidate. Applications close 5.00pm AEDT Monday 31 December 2022.

Find out more

Events and news

Science to Practice Forum 2022

Join us for the Future Drought Fund’s second annual Science to Practice Innovation Forum - June 7-9, 2022 - connecting researchers, practitioners, farmers, agri-businesses, governments, and end-users who are making regional Australia more drought resilient.

Hear from best-practice experts, government representatives, and on-the-ground practitioners working across sustainable agriculture, climate science, community development, and farm business management.

Register now

Get involved

As a regional stakeholder, the Southern NSW Drought Resilience Hub gives you a voice in drought resilience activities and an opportunity to collaborate with experts, gain access to resources, and participate in extension and adoption programs such as workshops, seminars and field days.

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or email the Hub direct on southernNSWhub@csu.edu.au

Funding and collaborators

Partners

  • Charles Sturt University (Hub lead)
  • Australian National University (ANU)
  • Farming Systems Groups Alliance (represented by FarmLlink and include Central West Farming Systems, FarmLink Research Ltd, Holbrook Landcare Network, Irrigated Cropping Council, Irrigation Research & Extension Committee, Riverine Plains, Southern Growers, Monaro Farming Systems and Tablelands Farming Systems).
  • First Nations Governance Circle (Charles Sturt University)
  • Local Land Services (LLS)
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI)
  • Rural Aid
  • University of Canberra (UC)
  • University of Wollongong (UoW).

Partners of the Southern NSW Innovation Hub

Funding Acknowledgment

The Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub received funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.