The Northern Hub is one of eight national Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs created as an initiative of the Future Drought Fund.
The core consortium partners include industry bodies ( Northern Territory Farmers Association, Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association, Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association) as well as NRM organisations (Territory NRM, WA Rangelands NRM), Regional Development Australia and government agencies (WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the NT Department of Industry Tourism and Trade).
The Hub will transform the drought resilience of farmers, traditional owners and communities in the Northern Territory and Northern Western Australian tropical Top End and rangelands. This will be achieved by focusing on pastoral, broadacre, horticulture and forestry systems and water management.
Servicing businesses and communities across an area of approximately 3 million km2, Hub engagement and extension activities will be delivered through the regional delivery centres of consortium partners. These delivery centres will include Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs, Carnarvon, Broome and Kununurra.
NT Farmers manages the Katherine node, with Simone Cameron as Node Manager, and Steph Coombes as Extension and Adoption Officer. All Hub nodes work closely together to share knowledge and opportunities for farmers.
Current Northern Hub funded projects include:
- Modern soil moisture monitoring to improve irrigation management