The Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) has welcomed two new Senior Project Managers to its team.

Anthony Curro joins the CRCNA having completed project work with the North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority and brings with him a wealth of experience supporting private and corporate business, research organisations, universities, local, state and federal government and natural resource management companies in relation to agriculture and community health initiatives.

Mr Curro will spearhead the CRCNA’s water security research projects, following the organisation’s recently announced partnership with the Northern Australia University Alliance.

“I am looking forward to working with our government, industry and university partners to identify R&D opportunities which demonstrate how agricultural growth and environmentally healthy and sustainable eco-systems can coexist in a water context.

“We will be looking for projects which provide innovative solutions for water storage, allocation and planning and help de-risk the Northern Australian investment and development landscape by improving water sustainability across the region and providing a pathway for the future development of key sectors,” he said.

Meanwhile, former high-school teacher Sarah Docherty brings more than a decade of project management and business development experience to the CRCNA.

Sarah has most recently worked with the North and West Remote Health in Mount Isa where she was responsible for overseeing the delivery and compliance of the service’s Community, Aged and Disability programs and contracts.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with project teams across Northern Australia and support them to deliver high-impact research outcomes which inform and drive future investment and planning decisions across our key agriculture, health services and First Nations sectors,” she said.

CRCNA CEO Anne Stunzner said as born and bred north Queenslanders, Anthony and Sarah demonstrated a genuine desire to be a part of the exciting work the CRCNA undertakes across the north.

“I welcome Anthony and Sarah to the CRCNA and am excited about the work ahead for 2022.

“Each brings unique skills to the team, bolstering our capacity and capability to identify and deliver meaningful research outcomes for the north,” she said.

Anthony Curro will be based in the Townsville head office and Sarah Docherty will work from her base in Mount Isa.

More information

Carla Keith, CRCNA General Manager | 0499 330 051