The first stage of the NRM Spatial Hub initiative commenced in April 2014 and concluded on May 31, 2016. When the project was conceived, we set the ambitious goals of developing the technology, testing it on 40 properties, and raising the level of knowledge on a further 240 grazing enterprises. We far exceeded those expectations with more than 300 properties registered by April 2016.
As of early August we have over 400 registered users covering around 50 million hectares, with requests for access growing every week.
One of the priorities over the next 12 months is to trial the NRM Spatial Hub in southern grazing systems. MLA and AWI are currently seeking expressions of interest to identify another 100 “champions” in higher rainfall systems that want to trial the technology and provide feedback.