Mike Digby : Mike is a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Property Planning Specialist and is one of the architects of the NRM Spatial Hub. Mike has an extensive background in GIS plus an ongoing commitment to the remote rural grazing industry and communities. The role of his position with Australian Rangeland NRM Alliance – NRM Spatial Hub is to research, develop and apply computer based GIS and GPS methods to natural resource and infrastructure mapping to support sustainable property management and planning processes. Additionally Mike provides advice and training in the development, implementation and operation of GPS/GIS hardware and software. Email : Mobile : 0428 606 122

Niilo Gobius: Niilo has commenced work with the NRM Spatial Hub as a Geospatial Specialist. Niilo brings a wealth of experience integrating Agricultural Science, ruminant animal nutrition and GIS. Niilo has been mapping extensive cattle properties and running Grazing Land Management workshops for over a decade throughout Cape York and Northern Gulf regions of North Queensland. He has also spent many years developing a geodatabase framework and GIS models to spatially analyse multiple indicator datasets as part of an ‘Eco Accounting’ project quantifying land health of Cape York and the Northern Gulf.

Niilo lives and bases his office on a small beef property near Malanda, with natural air conditioning (865 metres a.s.l.) on the Atherton Tablelands west of Cairns. His role within the NRM Spatial Hub is to assist in regional coordination with NRM Groups, the development of geospatial tools for the ‘Hub’, training the trainers and graziers, and managing the datasets.

Niilo’s interests outside of work include: the home farm, family woodwork, sport, squash, and music.

Email : Mobile : 0409 105 881 


Kate Forrest : Kate works as the coordinator for the Rangeland NRM Alliance. She works with the Alliance Chairman, as well as the fourteen regional NRM bodies and a number of other partners to improve the profile and programs to support Natural Resource Management in the rangelands. The Alliance members are providing a national network for delivery and extension of the NRM Spatial Hub project. The Alliance members are excited about how the Hub will enable better use of spatial and remote sensing information for rangeland management and monitoring at a large number of scales. Email :

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Our Partners

The NRM Spatial Hub project is supported through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme and other significant cash and in-kind support from Meat and Livestock Australia and other partners, including:

The Rangelands Alliance members comprising of 14 NRM Regional Bodies; the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI); the Queensland Remote Sensing Centre, the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the NT Departments of Primary Industries and Land Resource Management, and multiple other organisations across Australia.