Frequently Asked Questions

  • My local Natural Resource Management body has passed on some information about the NRM Spatial Hub Project. I’m interested in being involved, but I’ve got some further questions I need answered first. Who should I talk to?

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    If your local representative can’t answer all of your queries, our specialist NRM Spatial Hub Project team members will be able to help out. Send your questions to nrmhub@gmail.com and you’ll have a personalised response within the working week.

     

  • How much will it cost to be part of the NRM Spatial Hub Project?

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    There is no financial cost to you, but it will cost you some time during the initial mapping phase.

    There is no financial cost to you, but it will cost you some time during the initial mapping phase. You might also be asked to take ground cover measurements from your paddocks to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the ground cover estimates derived from the satellite.

    You might also be required at a regional workshop to talk about the progress of the project, and how you feel it can benefit the the local grazing community.

  • Who owns the Property Infrastructure data?

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    All property infrastructure data and/or data derived from the infrastructure data is classed as PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL and access to this data is at the complete discretion of you, the landholder. The regional natural resource management bodies and all involved State Governments acknowledge that if the landholder is actively involved in the capture and attribution of the data, then the landholder owns the data.

    In South Australia, Western Australia & Northern Territory, some property infrastructure data has been captured for leasehold lands by the relative departments and/or pastoral boards responsible for leasehold lands. These departments have agreed to make available property specific infrastructure data to respective landholders.

    Data Usage & Management Agreements have drawn up to acknowledge ownership, purpose of use and constraints to be placed on these data.

    Data usage & management agreements have been drawn up to acknowledge ownership, purpose of use and constraints to be placed on these data.

    To view a sample agreement please click here

  • Who can access the Property Infrastructure data and/or data derived from the infrastructure data?

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    All property infrastructure data and/or data derived from the infrastructure data is classed as PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL and access to this data is at the complete discretion of you, the landholder. Generally, people that you may want to grant access to your data could include regional natural resource management staff, consultants, government extension staff or any other person that is helping you with planning & the management of your property.

  • Will government be using this system to track land management practices?

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    No – they have their own systems in place. The online property planning information system and access to the data will be strictly controlled by the NRM Spatial Hub team on behalf of the landholder.

  • We’re a bit cautious of “Big Brother” when it comes to satellite products. How can we be sure that the information gathered won’t be used against us in the future (in terms of possible overgrazing or vegetation management)?

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    This system does not feed any of that sort of information back to government, as they have their own systems in place. The on-line property planning information system will ensure that only authorised personnel have access to data or products relating to individual properties.

    Satellite products used for compliance and regulatory roles have already been made available to producers. This is being done so that the producers can interact with these products and their own property data. This allows the consistent development and maintenance of digital property plans, infrastructure maps and plans of on-ground work across the rangelands.

  • The NRM Spatial Hub was regarded as a pilot program. How will that change this year?

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    Stage two commenced in July 2016 with the goal of moving from a joint-funded research project to a self-sustaining collaborative business, which can capitalise on the enormous efficiency gains the Hub technology can deliver the private and pubic sector. Currently, there are around 350 properties involved with the Hub. Our goal now is to build on those existing connections and build new ones within southern grazing systems. Landholders will have the opportunity to have continued input into this process.

  • But what happens if Stage 2 doesn’t commence? What happens to my data?

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    If the NRM Spatial Hub project concludes a copy of all property infrastructure data and any specific property related products will be returned to the landholder. The landholder will also be asked if they require a copy to be sent to another entity. This could be a Regional NRM body, a consultant or anyone authorised to keep a copy of the landholder’s data on their behalf. Once this process is acknowledged as being completed, all data held by NRM Spatial Hub project will be formally deleted.

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Sustainable Ecosystem

The NRM Spatial Hub is using cutting edge developments in geospatial technologies, satellite remote sensing, and rangeland science to provide land managers with systems, tools, data, and skills needed to dramatically improve access to property-scale information and knowledge.

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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.