Creating a prosperous, sustainable and healthy Northern Australia


CRC for Developing Northern Australia

The Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) is investing $75 million in Australian Government funding to support scienced based research and development in the north over 10 years: 2017 to 2027. Investments are developing new technologies, products and services which address industry issues unique to Northern Australia.

Our Mission

To invest in industry based research that de-risks development in Northern Australia to realise a resilient and sustainable economic future.

Our Focus Areas

  • First Nations-led business development
  • Agriculture (incl. horticulture and forestry)
  • Water security
  • Aquaculture
  • Health service delivery
  • Education

Our Vision

To support a prosperous, vibrant and healthy Northern Australia.

Our objectives


Broker partnerships across governments, jurisdictions and industry to achieve positive environmental and social change.


Alignment with Australian Government policies to deliver place-based research, development, extension and adoption with impact.


Deliver a coordinated approach to sector development that is nature positive and inclusive of First Nations aspirations.


Position the north as a global leader in climate resilience and development that has environmental sustainability at its core.


Provide evidence and genuine collaboration for improved community, supply chain development, land and resource use, infrastructure policy, planning and delivery.


The Board

Ms Sheriden Morris – Chair

BAppSc (Hons), GAICD

Ms Sheriden Morris – Chair

Sheriden is currently the Managing Director and Company Secretary of the Cairns- based non-profit Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC) and Deputy Chair of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef. read more

Cr John Wharton AM

Deputy Chair

Cr John Wharton AM

Councillor John Wharton AM is Mayor of the Richmond Shire Council. He received a Member of the Order of Australia Award and Centenary Medal for his service to the community of North-West Queensland and local government. read more

Duane Fraser


Duane Fraser

Duane Fraser is a Wulgurukaba and Bidjara Traditional Owner and has extensive experience advising Commonwealth and State Governments on matters relating to Indigenous Affairs and Environmental Policy. read more

Dr Rebecca Mohr-Bell

B. Nat. Res. Econ, PhD (Economics)

Dr Rebecca Mohr-Bell

Rebecca is a pastoralist and agricultural economist from Katherine, NT and has extensive experience in supporting agricultural producers to improve their business performance and supporting agricultural organisations with strategic planning and research. read more

Mr Brendon Douglas


Mr Brendon Douglas

Brendon is experienced in executive leadership in the higher education, commercial, community and public service sectors. read more

Peter Long

GAICD,BE (Hons), BA, BSc (Env Sc), Peter Long CPEng (1989-2012), FIEAust

Peter Long

Peter is a professional engineer and environmental scientist and has lived in the north for 32 years, he was the Mayor of the City of Karratha from 2013 to 2023. read more

Dr Scott Davis

Phd; MIPH; fellow ARLF; fellow CRANAplus

Dr Scott Davis

Dr Davis is committed to the sustainable development of Northern Australia and is an experienced CEO and Board Director, having worked in complex cultural and political environments, in Northern Australia, the Pacific, Asia and North Africa over the last 25 years. read more

Mr David Larkin AM


Mr David Larkin AM

David is a visionary business leader and award-winning entrepreneur with extensive experience in industry and private leadership and Board roles. read more

Margaret Marty

Company Secretary

Margaret Marty

CRCNA Board Secretary read more

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Our Staff

Chief Executive Strategy & Engagement

Anthony Curro

Chief Executive Operations

Sarah Docherty

Senior Project Manager

Dr Ian Biggs

Creative Content

Belinda Carlson

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Shucksmith

Office Manager

Vicki Forster

Chief Scientist

Professor Allan Dale