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The CRCNA newsletters provide updates on recently launched projects, the latest project reports, upcoming events and details of our funding calls.

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22 March 2024

At the CRCNA, we understand how important it is to sustainably develop Northern Australia through collaborative and evidenced based research. We’re a team that’s from the north, based in the north, and working with Northern Australians to contribute to a future we can all be proud of. The March edition includes: New leadership for the CRCNA; new CRCNA board member; Beef2024; and more stories on northern research in the news...

22 February 2024

The CRC for Developing Northern Australia welcomes a new Board Director, Mr Duane Fraser, following the resignation of Mr Ronald (Ricky) Archer.

15 December 2023

Happy holidays from the CRC for Developing Northern Australia. December updates on the CRCNA Annual Report; Ricky Archer's new appointment; Health eMinds survey and the CRCNA PhD student workshop.

14 July 2023

Welcome to our July edition of the CRCNA’s newsletter. This month you’ll find interesting articles on: ‘Tree Traditions’ the ABC Landline story about forestry on the Tiwi Islands ; The Anindilyakwa Land Council’s modern data mapping project ; The next tranche of Project Echo online and in-person sessions for telehealth skills and health eMinds ; among others...

28 June 2023

We want to hear from you! As a valued stakeholder of the CRCNA, we’d like to hear your feedback on how we are going. The survey takes less than 10 minutes and your responses will help us create relevant and engaging content. It’s open until 14 July 2023, please share across your networks, thank you 🙂

15 June 2023

Collaborations creating positive change: Welcome to the CRC for Developing Northern Australia’s newsletter 🌱 We’re thrilled to share this edition with you as we put the spotlight on our research partners and their stories of impactful research, and empowering partnerships that is shaping the future of development in Northern Australia.

15 June 2023

Collaborations creating positive change: Welcome to the CRC for Developing Northern Australia’s newsletter 🌱 We’re thrilled to share this edition with you as we put the spotlight on our research partners and their stories of impactful research, and empowering partnerships that is shaping the future of development in Northern Australia.

03 April 2023

It’s been an exciting start to 2023 for the CRC for Developing Northern Australia. We’ve contracted seven new projects that range from aeronautic spatial planning of the Indigenous estate on Groote Eylandt, to cotton-grains-cattle farming systems, mobilising strong water governance, progressing health equity through the First Nations health workforce, and developing innovative health services with telehealth technicians. You can read more about these and others in the article below.

31 August 2022

CRCNA secures seat at national jobs and skills summit. A clear vision for population growth and workforce development is needed to drive the economic development of Northern Australia. That’s the call coming from the CRCNA ahead of the Federal Government’s national Job and Skills Summit.

05 July 2022

July 2022 update on CRCNA activities: The submission window for our Activating the Indigenous Estate project proposal EOI has been extended until 5pm AEST Friday 22 July 2022; Become a CRCNA board member; Future skills short courses - digital health; R & D forestry investment delivering for Tiwi; CRCNA welcomed Susan Maas to the team to support the delivery of the our largest research program to date: the Cotton, Grains and Cattle (CGC) initiative...

04 April 2022

April 2022 update on CRCNA activities including: EOI: Water partnership to unlock Rockhampton’s Fitzroy Food Bowl, Northern integrated farming systems EOI, New partnership to tap into entrepreneurial talent across East Kimberley, First spice orders replace imported kalonji..

07 March 2022

Call for innovative projects to improve health service delivery across Northern Australia. The CRCNA has launched its latest open funding call, looking for new ideas and R & D collaborations in health service delivery and models of care across Northern Australia.

09 February 2022

Northern Australia officially has its own “brand” of Tropical Rock Oysters – with the native Blacklip Rock Oyster (Saccostrea echinata) formally added to the Australian fish name database.

16 November 2021

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, Hon. David Littleproud has today announced a new $10 million partnership between the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) and three northern based universities and industry to develop a comprehensive program of research focused on water security in Northern Australia.

22 October 2021

The 2020/21 CRCNA Annual Report provides an overview of our research activities and highlights for the year 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021.

08 October 2021

It's been a busy quarter for the CRCNA team, with two new projects contracted and several more starting their research activities. Earlier this month I had the privilege of joining a live webinar event with the team working on our Tiwi Island-based Maximising northern tropical forestry-linking communities and cutting-edge technology project... [Anne Stünzner, CEO]

13 July 2021

The CRCNA is seeking nominations for two (2) highly capable, motivated and values-driven individuals to join our Board of Directors, for an initial 3-year paid term with the option to re-nominate in 2024.

7 June 2021

Since joining the CRCNA in mid-April, I have been focused on understanding the business and meeting our stakeholders, research co-funders and collaborators. My travels have taken me from Brisbane to Darwin, Perth, Kununurra and Broome, where last week we launched one of our largest research collaborations to date with Ornatas and Maxima Rock Lobster Company.... [Anne Stünzner, CEO]

12 April 2021

The CRCNA today welcomed its new Chief Executive Officer Anne Stünzner – a north Queensland local with more than 20 years’ experience in agriculture, strategic economic and policy development.

01 April 2021

Share your research or insights on how we can develop our northern regions and WIN! We are looking a student/ researcher to share their passion for Northern Australia. If you are currently studying your PhD or Masters at any Australian university and your research topic aligns with one of the CRCNA’s research programs, then we want to hear from you.

15 March 2021

Jed Matz has given notice of his resignation from the CRCNA. Jed was the inaugural CEO of the CRCNA and has spent the past four years building the organisation from the ground up in July 2017 to today, where the CRCNA partners in 42 projects, has 190 participants, $26m in co-investment and $40m in overall project value.

24 February 2021

The CRCNA Board recently completed a review of the organisation, which included engaging with a range of external and internal stakeholders.

29 January 2021

The publication of the northern Western Australian de-risking agricultural development report concludes the first stage of the CRCNA's broader program of research in this space, 11 higher education scholarships are finalised and two of our project participants take out an Australia Day award.

18 December 2020

The CRCNA commits $6.8 million towards 13 new projects from the 2020 open funding call, a new project looking at new using sugar cane for energy kicks off, blockchain technology helps far north Queensland irrigators and a new telehealth project hopes to transform telehealth care service delivery across the north.

27 November 2020

The first State of the North is launched at the Developing Northern Australia conference in Rockhampton, the CRCNA holds its first professional development workshop for its student cohort and the Business on Country land diversification strategy and Land Use Plans goes live.

13 November 2020

Two new Directors are appointed to the CRCNA Board, read the CRCNA's Annual Report for 2019/20, a new report finds new agricultural development across the NT is tipped to reach $1 billion in next decade and the final research report for the Queensland de-risking agricultural development is now available.

9 October 2020

Our Tropical Rock Oyster project in WA reaches a significant milestone, learn more about our new co-mapping project with Centrefarm Aboriginal Horticulture and don't forget to register for the Developing Northern Australia conference in Rockhampton 23-25 November 2020.

24 September 2020

A reminder about our EOIs closing, read our latest research output from the expanding horticulture industries in Northern Australia, our Tropical Rock Oyster team in the NT update us on their recent activities and a date saver for our Annual General Meeting.

21 August 2020

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Hon Keith Pitt MP drops by our Townsville office for a meet and greet, in case you missed it watch the Northern Australia health situational analysis webinar and catch up the latest from our sesame trials in Central Queensland.

24 July 2020

Read about a proposed 5-year roadmap to improve digital inclusion and connectivity across Northern Australia, meet our new Qld Project Manager and our fourth open funding call opens seeking EOIs for research collaborations in agriculture and food, northern health service delivery and Traditional Owner-led business development.

12 June 2020

A new report from Advance Cairns examines the export opportunities for FNQ producers, read our discussion paper on reframing smart supply chains in Northern Australia and meet one of our embedded PhD students working on our Kakadu Plum project with UQ QAAFI.

15 May 2020

Our new blockchain water trading project kicks off in FNQ, our project team in WA have a major breakthrough breeding Black Lip Oysters for the first time in a hatchery and have your say on the National Agricultural Workforce Strategy with links to the discussion papers and online survey.

1 May 2020

Read our Northern Australia forestry and forest products situational analysis report, we welcome our new full-time Western Australian project manager and read our international market analysis report on South Korea.

9 April 2020

Meet our AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship winners, catch up on the latest developments in our Spicing up the North project and read the team's market analysis reports and learn more about a recent field trip to China, Singapore and Hong Kong.

28 February 2020

A report identifies new opportunities for producers in Mackay, Isaac, Whitsunday region, appointment new Board Director endorsed, our Qld & NT Project Managers switch roles, R & D tax incentive webinar.

14 February 2020

CRCNA releases its first discussion paper, project updates from the Tropical Rock Oyster team, the spicing up the North and the broadacre cropping teams and read the latest sesame seed market analysis report.

20 December 2019

Funding boost for hi-tech mangoes, a new project to de-risk Top End agricultural development , updates from our Kakadu Plum/Gubinge and condiment cropping project teams, save the dates for the Northern Australia aquaculture workshop in Rockhampton and our R & D tax incentive information session with AusIndustry.

15 November 2019

The CRCNA's annual report is now available to read, project leaders lead discussions at international conference, the world is our oyster - the CRCNA launches it's largest project to date, catch up on the latest project activities and read our latest key market reports from the team completing the NA horticulture export project.

18 October 2019

The CRCNA gears up for TropAg Conference, call to Qld horticulture producers to complete an online survey and watch a new video about transforming the future of mangoes.

20 September 2019

Project investment update, identifying investors for NA agricultural development, and an update from our forestry and communications projects.

26 July 2019

Reframing NA supply chains launch, NT aquaculture workshops, Kakadu plum and Horticulture updates, Education Coordinator appointed.

14 July 2019

New study identifies billions in unmet market demand, project investment update and our northern Australian communications analysis kicks off.

10 May 2019 

New project announcements, CRCNA teams up with AustCham ASEAN, bush products workshop in NT hears from industry, new mango crops planted in FNQ.