Port Augusta Drought Hub Node gets cash boost

MORE FUNDING: SA Drought Hub Interim Director, Professor Chris Preston, pictured at Roseworthy where the Hub is based.
MORE FUNDING: SA Drought Hub Interim Director, Professor Chris Preston, pictured at Roseworthy where the Hub is based.

Port Augusta is set to benefit from a new drought hub expansion.

The South Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub in Port Augusta and the rest of its locations is being expanded following an injection of additional funding from the Australian Government.

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud has announced that extra funds will be allocated to the SA Drought Hub, which then the University of Adelaide will use to undertake broader innovation activities.

An extra $20 million in additional funding will be injected into eight of Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs across the country to catalyse agricultural innovation, drive commercialisation and create jobs.

The Hub's Interim Director, University of Adelaide Professor Chris Preston, welcomed the announcement.

"The extra funding and broadening of the SA Drought Hub's scope is an endorsement by the Australian Government of the importance of our Hub and its pivotal role in delivering research innovations to strengthen the resilience of farmers and regional communities," Prof Preston said.

"Following a recent series of collaborative regional workshops across the state involving hundreds of participants, the SA Drought Hub is well down the path of developing the co- design activities for drought resilience that will be delivered through the Hub.

"While this work will remain the immediate priority for the SA Drought Hub, the announcement by the Australian Government offers exciting new opportunities for the Hub and its partners to deliver innovation in other aspects of agriculture."

Federal Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey, said the Roseworthy-based SA Hub would become the flagship for agricultural innovation in this state.

"The Hub will continue to support farmers and communities right across South Australia, with its nodes located at Minnipa, Port Augusta, Orroroo, Loxton and Struan," Mr Ramsey said.

"The Hub provides a physical platform for stakeholders from across our great state to come together and translate research and knowledge to make real impacts on the ground.

"The SA Drought Hub already has a fantastic partner network of grower groups, universities, government, agribusinesses, industry RD&E partners and industry bodies and organisations, all working together."