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.”
The NRM Spatial Hub (the Hub) was interviewed by Robin McConchie from the ABC Country Hour in Queensland this week.
It was a great opportunity for Business Development Manager with the Hub Phil Tickle to articulate the current status of the project and where it is heading.
Here is part of the interview…..
The NRM Spatial Hub is moving out of initial research and into commercial development thanks to a deal with Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation.
Manager Phil Tickle, who is with the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information, said the Hub was a new mapping and monitoring technology for pastoralists and graziers across the country.
“It offers simple internet access to a range of new mapping tools and the ability to monitor ground cover on your property over the last 30 years,” he said.
“The user has now got the ability to look at 30 years of data in 30 seconds.
“What we are doing is providing an easy-to-use cloud-based platform; it is about you creating data for yourself, in a secure and safe environment and then deciding who you want to share it with.
“It’s about bringing government data [satellite mapping data] to you, rather than you putting your data into government systems, which means that you have control over that data.”
You can check out the full interview by going here.
The NRM Spatial Hub has been encouraged by the feedback received from high level government officials, the board of MLA, and individual producers at a Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Industry Breakfast in Brisbane recently.
Program Manager for the NRM Spatial Hub Phil Tickle gave an update on the groundbreaking initiative as it enters a new and exciting phase in its development.
Speaking after the event, Mr Tickle said it was a great opportunity to keep key people informed on progress, and to seek feedback on where the industry wants to take the new capabilities.
“In its first two years, the NRM Spatial Hub has involved a lot of people and organisations, so the MLA breakfast was an excellent chance to update some of them on where we’re headed,” he said.
“Our core focus hasn’t changed; it’s about developing a service that allows land managers and producers from small family operations, indigenous and corporates to harness world leading mapping technology and analysis capabilities, to more effectively manage Australia’s pastoral lands, and to help drive productivity, profitability and sustainability across the supply chain.
“However the structure of the NRM Spatial Hub and the way we engage with our funding partners and end-users is always changing, so we need to keep people abreast of those changes and seek their input into the business model going forward.”
After an initial two-year development phase, the NRM Spatial Hub, (through the CRCSI and the Australian Rangelands NRM Alliance), has now partnered with Australian Wool Innovation and MLA, as it moves into a period of consolidation and commercial development.
The NRM Spatial Hub was developed by the Rangelands NRM Alliance partners; the Australian Government National Landcare Programme, Meat and Livestock Australia, State Government Primary Industry, NRM agencies, and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI).
In a recent survey of more than 100 Landholders who participated in the first two years of the NRM Spatial Hub, 95% said it had the potential to measurably improve the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of their property.
Program Manager for CRCSI Phil Tickle will be giving an update on the groundbreaking NRM Spatial Hub, at a Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) industry breakfast this Wednesday the 14th of September.
The NRM Spatial Hub is entering a new and exciting phase following the decision by Australian Wool Innovation and MLA, to partner with the project as it moves out of its initial research phase and into a period of consolidation and commercial development.
The NRM Spatial Hub’s world leading mapping technology has the potential to revolutionise the productivity and sustainability of Australia’s grazing industry, and brings together in one place the world’s largest archive of satellite data and mapping and analysis capabilities, giving graziers a never before seen view of their property.
The NRM Spatial Hub was developed by the Rangelands NRM Alliance partners; the Australian Government National Landcare Program, Meat and Livestock Australia, State Government Primary Industry, NRM agencies, and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI).
A recent survey of more than 200 Landholders who participated in the first two years of the NRM Spatial Hub put some hard dollar values on how the technology can increase grazing profitability.
The survey revealed some astonishing benefits to Landholders.
- 95% said the Hub had the potential to measurably improve the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of their property
- Half the respondents felt the financial benefit to their business over the next 5 years would be between $15,000 and $25,000 – just through having a clearer understanding of their property assets.
- One property said that it would be worth more than $500,000 to their business alone
- More than 50% felt the Hub would save them up to a month of labour time a year
- Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they could increase live weight gain by around 3% annually because they could better utilise the pastures available – no matter what the season.
About NRM Spatial Hub:
The NRM Spatial Hub (The Hub) is a central element of the 15-year Blueprint of the Australian Rangelands Initiative. The purpose of The Hub is to provide land managers with systems, tools, data and skills needed to dramatically improve access to property-scale information and knowledge. These capabilities will underpin better management decisions and measurable improvements in landscape condition and productivity. For more information visit www.nrmhub.com.au
EVENT LOCATION: Customs House Brisbane, 399 Queen Street. Presentations commence at 7.30 am.
Prior to the conclusion of stage 1, we undertook a survey of Landholders who had been involved with the Hub. Here is what the survey revealed.
- 90% of respondents said they found the NRM Spatial Hub easy to use
- 95% said the NRM Spatial Hub has the potential to measurably improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of their property
- More than 50% felt the NRM Spatial Hub would save them between 10 and 30 labour days a year.
- 75% said it would measurably increase safe carrying capacity through better pasture utilisation
- 72% rated this type of technology as important to making their business both viable and sustainable in the future
- If we took an average property size from our sample and assumed they used the NRM Spatial Hub technology to guide their future investment in infrastructure development, they could conservatively increase annual revenue by more than 35% through improved pasture utilisation and increased stocking rates.
More information can be found in the final report.
Or if you missed the survey but want to give some feedback – we would love to hear it. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org