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Drought Adoption & Innovation Hub

The Grower Group Alliance has been awarded a major $8 million tender to lead the South West WA Adoption and Innovation Hub which will run over the next four years to June 2024.

The eight Hubs are part of the Australian Government’s $5 billion Future Drought Fund and the centrepiece of the Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program. The Hub is set to transform the way farmers and communities prepare for and respond to drought. GGA is the only non-university lead out of all eight hubs across Australia.



Tender No.1| Deadline 9am 12 July, 2021 |South-West WA Primary Industries & Farming Systems – Situation Analysis. Details here

Diary Dates

July 13 | Climate Services for Ag
As part of the Future Drought Fund, the team from the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO will be running a WA workshop on a new digital platform, Climate Services for Agriculture, next Tuesday 13th July at 1pm via webinar. More details here.

June 29 to 1 July 2021 | FDF Drought Resilience Science to Practice Innovation Forum
The first annual nationwide flagship event for the Drought Adoption and Innovation Hubs; ‘Science to Practice Forum- Building the Foundations of Drought Resilience ’, ran over three days the last week of June. Most formal sessions took place from a central location in Canberra with the Future Drought Fund Team supplemented with a physical presence in each eight regional Hub. GGA hosted a SW WA Hub component from the Merredin Dryland Research Institute. Click through here for a debfief of the event and to access presenter recordings (available end of July), 2021. Mark your diary for the next one March 2022.

June 2| Phase 2 National Consulting – Research Providers And Investors Workshop
Further to the Public Stakeholder workshop for the southern hubs of Australia held on May 6, there is one more workshop on Jun 2 calling for input into the Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Investment Plan. Details here.

May 19 | GGA Hub Consortia Information Forum
First information update on federal plans and local status of GGA activities during the development phase.
Download presentation by Graham Smith – GGA Interim Hub Director
Farm Weekly News Story

May 6, 2021 | Phase 1 National Consulting – Public Stakeholder Workshop
For stakeholders interested in drought resilience in Southern WA and SA. The workshop sought input for identifying needs in relation to information, tools and resources to help farmers and industry build economic and social resilience to future drought. More details here

South West Hub Geographical Area

The geographical area of the WA South West hub extends far beyond what Western Australians know as our South West region. Within this national project, the Hubs are organised into regional areas that broadly reflect the key agricultural and climatic zones across the country. The WA SW hub is essentially everything south of the Pilbara, and includes what those in the agricultural industry know as the entire southern agricultural growing region of WA. Read more within the SW WA Hub Factsheet.

GGA Hub Steering Committee

GGA has established a separate steering committee to oversee the WA SW Hub project governance. This comprises two GGA representatives and two industry representatives chosen for their experience and broad understanding of the WA Agricultural context.

Hub Operations Team

Recruiting for a Hub team of around 5 personnel to operate the SW WA Hub is underway with some team members onboarding already. In the interim, the following hybrid team of existing GGA staff and new Hub staff are driving the project.

Graham Smith, GGA Independent Director – Interim Hub Director & Spokesperson
Thomas Davidson – Drought Adoption and Innovation Hub Director (commencing early August)
Niki Curtis, GGA CEO – Hub Agreement & Recruiting
Tanya Kilminster, GGA Program Broker – Hub Knowledge Broker
Mark Holland, GGA Program Broker – Hub Agreement, Consortia & Partnerships
Annabelle Bushell – Business Development Manager, Drought Adoption and Innovation Hub
Natalie Lee – Stakeholder & Communications Manager, Drought Adoption and Innovation Hub

National Hubs at a Glance

The 8 Adoption and Innovation Hubs are:

Each Hub will service a broad area and will respond to the needs and opportunities in their region. A hub and spoke model will see drought resilience shopfronts across every region.

SW WA Climate Context

Extract from BOM State of the Climate Report 2020: The drying trend in southern Australia has been most evident in the southwest and southeast of the country. Rainfall analyses in these regions can be extended back to around 1890 due to greater data coverage, enabling current droughts to be compared to historical droughts such as the Federation drought (1895 to 1902). The recent drying across these regions is the most sustained large-scale change in observed rainfall since the late 1880s.

The trend is particularly strong for the period from May to July over southwest Western Australia, with rainfall since 1970 around 20 per cent less than the average from 1900 to 1969.  Since 2000, this decline has increased to around 28 per cent.

Source: BOM State of the Climate Report 2020


GGA will engage with stakeholders as the Hub takes shape. Meanwhile, FAQ may be answered at these sites:
* Australian Government – Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program
* A new era in drought resilience research and innovation – Statement by Minister Littleproud
* Developing the Drought Resilience Research & Adoption Investment Plan & Upcoming Public Workshops
* Subscribe to “Have Your Say” the main Federal engagement point for Hub activity

Official Media Releases

16 April Federal Media Release 1 – GGA wins SW WA Hub
16 April – GGA Media Release 1 – GGA to lead SW WA Hub
19 April – Federal Media Release 2 – More Information on Program


Posted on

30 May 2021