Grower Group Alliance

Projects

Projects Already Underway

The SW WA Hub has helped to attract investment into the State that directly benefits producers and the agricultural industry. This has included providing information, guidance and co-design opportunities to many stakeholders that have applied for Australian Government Future Drought Fund (FDF) grant rounds.

As of October 2023, the Australian Government and FDF has funded 31 projects in South-West WA worth $28 million, not including co-contributions. The Hub’s involvement in these projects ranges from the Hub being the lead organisation through to investing capability into projects or maintaining contact with project representatives and communicating outcomes.

View the projects below.

Or click here to view the projects grouped according to the SW WA Hub’s themes and priorities.
Project NameLeadDescription

WaterSmart Dams
GGA/SW WA Hub

Better understand how dams can function in dry years, and through co-design develop new farm water planning tools to create more drought-resilient farm enterprises and regional communities

Kondinin Group Drought Resilience for Agriculture Research Extension and Adoption programAspermont Limited A comprehensive farmer-focused extension and adoption program aimed at seeking out the most successful drought-related techniques, strategies and technologies being used by farmers and agribusinesses around the country.
A Sustainable Weather Certificate Industry projectArquus Pty LtdThis project will establish a sustainable Weather Certificate Industry.
Wheatbelt Drought Resilience Small to Medium Enterprise PlanningWheatbelt Business Network (Inc)This project will engage with small and medium enterprises in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region through workshops and one on-one focus sessions to develop Drought Resilient Plans.
The Benefits of Shelter BeltsMurdoch UniversityThe project will undertake a comprehensive review to evaluate the use of shelterbelts in the South West region of Western Australia.
Revitalising the Drought Resilience of Western Australia’s Southern RangelandsDPIRDThe project will implement and demonstrate mature drought resilience strategies and land management practices to pastoralists in WA’s Southern Rangelands, spanning 52.3 million ha
Making Every Drop Count – Below and Above Ground Targeted Soil Moisture Conservation from Paddock to LandscapeMingenew – Irwin GroupThe project demonstrates a combination of practices to improve drought resilience of cropping and grazing lands. This involves maintaining permanent groundcover by managing pasture legume systems, sowing techniques, stubble height and other elements.
Improving sowing opportunities for increased farm resilience in a changing climateCSIROThe project demonstrates the impacts on drought resilience of practices involving early sowing and optimal soil water storage. The program spans regions in WA, VIC, SA and NSW.
Drought resilient landscapes with profitable native shrub and legume systems across southern AustraliaCSIROThe project demonstrates the use of novel forage systems based on native shrubs and self-regenerating annual legumes to address feed gaps during drought. This will improve profitability and drought resilience of mixed farming and rangeland enterprises
Modern soil moisture monitoring to improve irrigation managementGGA/SW WA HubThis project will establish on-farm demonstration sites at growers’ properties in WA, Northern Territory, and Victoria to build their capacity to strategically implement soil moisture monitoring.
Managing rangelands for drought resilienceNorthern HubThis project will demonstrate management strategies and technology to assist Rangelands producers to improve grazing management, pasture regeneration and water use efficiency, making their businesses more drought resilient.
Fast tracking WA and NT to align nutritional feed base mapping technologiesNorthern HubThis project will test and refine the Cibo Labs satellite-based biomass monitoring platform in WA and NT.
Value added lupin exportsDPIRDEstablishment of an incorporated lupin value-adding syndicate to advance the production and export of lupin food ingredients, finished food products and concentrated livestock feeds.
Digital Edge: Next generation agribusiness analytics for the Eastern WheatbeltCurtin UniversityDeploying the next generation of agribusiness models aimed at improving climate resilience in the eastern wheatbelt of WA by targeting profitability and sustainability at paddock, farm and farm enterprise scale.
Avondale First People’s Traditional Produce Innovation and Manufacturing HubNoongar Land Enterprise GroupThe Avondale First People’s Traditional Produce Innovation and Manufacturing Hub (‘Avondale Hub’), a commercially viable not-for-profit organisation, will support existing and aspiring Noongar and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional produce entrepreneurs to develop and grow traditional produce businesses.
Agtech decoded: growers critically analysing the role of new technology in on-farm decision makingLiebe GroupThe objective of this project will be to critically assess the ability of modern data analytics to address farming system challenges and improve in-season decision making when faced with a variable climate.
Paddock Level Carbon BenchmarkingFarmancoDevelopment and implementation of Clean Energy Australia-approved University of Melbourne GAF10.4 (and future updated versions of the same) Carbon Calculator within a cloud-based data capture and benchmarking platform.
Reducing technical barriers for malting barley market access using innovative technologyAEGICThis project will generate value to barley growers, barley breeders and the entire barley industry by supporting a faster pathway to market and market acceptance of new higher yielding barley varieties.
Implementing improved vineyard floor management for premium grape productionUWAThis project partners with Wines of Western Australia, the Agricultural Produce Commission (Table Grapes), and directly with at least four leading WA growers, to test and demonstrate whether cover crops can be used in vineyards to address this challenge.
Drone-Mounted Feral Species Recognition SystemSouthern Rangelands Pastoral AllianceThis project aims to use a drone mounted species recognition system to locate and visually record feral animal species that contribute negatively to total grazing pressure.
Developing automated technology to assess natural capital on pastoral leasesSouthern Rangelands Pastoral AllianceThis project will develop automated technologies for the assessment of the natural capital elements of biodiversity and soil organic carbon to remove the current human requirements which impact resources, time and costs.
Supporting the adoption of biodegradable mulch technology in vegetable and perennial fruit enterprisesDPIRDDemonstrating a novel, semi-commercialised Sprayable Biodegradable Polymer Membrane (SBPM) developed by CSIRO.
CRC for High Performance Soils Long-term Trials of Drought Resilient Farming Practices GrantsCRC for High Performance Soils LtdEvaluating novel approaches to build drought resilience in farming systems and soils through capitalising on an established network of long-term trials.
Deakin University Long-term Trials of Drought Resilient Farming Practices GrantsDeakin UniversityInvestigating diversity in pastures to build resilience and support 365 days of feed production in southern temperate grazing enterprises.
De-risking the seeding program. Adoption of key management practices for the success of dry and early sown crops.AG Excellence Alliance IncorporatedPartnering with fifteen prominent Grower Groups and four Drought Hubs, the project will aim to deliver a program that accelerates the adoption of strategic dry and early sown crop management approaches.
Up-skilling farming communities with landscape rehydration infrastructure and farm system solutions for drought resilienceThe Mulloon Institute LimitedWorking across five states with both land managers and NRM professionals, this project will increase adoption of landscape rehydration practices.
Cropping Resilience 2025 – Delivering lasting large-scale practice change by building capacity and infrastructure for adoption of soil health drought resilience practices amongst Australian croppersSoils for Life Pty LtdThe project supports building capacity and infrastructure for large-scale practice change and adoption of drought resilience practices to improve soil health in cropping systems.
Adoption & extension of digital weather and soil moisture monitoring technologies to drive climate-resilient farming practices in the South-West Agricultural region of Western Australia.Stirlings to Coast Farmers Inc.The project will promote adoption of digital weather and soil moisture monitoring technologies to drive climate-resilient farming practices in the South-West agricultural region of Western Australia.
Better Making and Use of Hay and Silage – Mitigating drought and season variability effects for WA livestock industry.Western Beef Association IncThe TopFodder (TF) program will be used to up-skill dairy, beef and sheep producers in WA on successfully making, storing and feeding silage.
The project will also enable these producers to improve the quality of traditionally produced hay, which further improve the quality feed for their stock in times of drought.
The Wheen Bee Foundation LimitedCRC for High Performance Soils LtdThe project will use the proven, science-based Bee Friendly Farming (BFF) Certification program to help farmers in pollinator-dependent industries, such as nuts, avocado, berries, and stone fruits, to protect, preserve and promote pollinator health on their farms. This will improve drought resilience by bolstering food security, biodiversity and ecosystem health.
Managing water in a changing climate – An extension toolkit to facilitate adoption of best practice water management for pork and poultry producers in Western AustraliaPork Innovation WA IncThe project focusses on increasing adoption of best practice water management in the Western Australia pig and poultry production systems to improve resilience to drought.
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