CQUni welcomes $5 million AgTech commitment

Published:10 May 2019

CQUniversity Associate Vice-Chancellor Wide Bay Burnett Region Luke Sinclair (far right) with Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pittat (centre) and Bundaberg Deputy Mayor Cr Bill Trevor at the $5 million funding commitment announcement to support the establishment of an AgTech precinct in Bundaberg.

CQUniversity has today welcomed a $5 million funding commitment from the Coalition, to support the establishment of an AgTech precinct in Bundaberg.

The announcement was made by Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt, as part of the Hinkler Regional Deal.

The precinct which would be led by CQUniversity Australia’s Institute for Future Farming Systems would benefit the agricultural industry by facilitating industry collaboration between researchers, producers and technology developers.

CQUniversity’s Associate Vice-Chancellor Luke Sinclair welcomed the funding commitment and said that the funding would help to develop capacity, opportunity and entrepreneurship in the emerging AgTech space.

“The funding will be directed towards the establishment of a precinct that will form a regional network to test and develop new ag technology, including data logging and big data application.

“As well as university staff working on the data and developing a public interface, research staff will work with farmers and AgTech developers to identify, develop and test technology solutions aimed at improving productivity within the ag industry,” Mr Sinclair said.

“The establishment of this precinct has the potential to create not just local impact but impact across Australia and the world.

“We look forward to working with all levels of government and industry to establish this precinct and position the Bundaberg region as a leader in AgTech innovation.”