Nearly a dozen landholders (pictured) from the far west of NSW have travelled up to 250 kilometres to get a better understanding of how the NRM Spatial Hub can improve the sustainability and profitability of their businesses.
The workshop was hosted by the NSW Government through their Local Land Services Western Region (LLSWR) office in Broken Hill, to give graziers a hands-on demonstration of the technology. Coordinator Jasmine Wells from LLSWR said the effort landholders went to in attending the workshop reflects their interest in the technology.
“Considering how far it is between places here, yes the workshop was well attended,” she said.
“The majority of landholders travelled more than 250kms, and we had three landholders the first day and seven the second day.
“Most participants had heard of the NRM Spatial Hub, but none had ever had the opportunity to see or try using it, although most had experience with other mapping systems such as Phoenix.”
The Western Local Land Service region is the largest in NSW, covering more than 314,000 square kilometres, or 40% of the state, and is bigger than Victoria and Tasmania combined. However, despite its size, it’s the least densely populated region, with a population of around 42,873 people, nearly half of which live in the city of Broken Hill. Given its dimensions, the opportunity for landholders to use a technology that allows them an enhanced bird’s eye view of their operations is highly attractive.
“There was a lot of interest in the mapping functions of the NRM Spatial Hub – in particular – the ability of the service to map property infrastructure,” Jasmine said.
“In a few months time, we would like to run another refresher workshop once boundaries have been set up and people have had time to familiarise themselves with the system.
“This should help keep the momentum going.”