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.
If you want to register your property to use the NRM Spatial Hub, please fill in a registration form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
We welcome Niilo Gobius who has joined the NRM Spatial Hub team.
Niilo comes to the team from Northern Gulf Resources Management Group where he’s been undertaking GIS mapping on extensive cattle properties; running grazing and land management projects and trialling regional environmental accounting schemes.
Niilo has worked in agriculture all his life doing extension and research in animal nutrition, grazing management and improve pasture production. Niilo has a wealth of practical experience and will be looking after regional extension and support for the NRM Spatial Hub, along with assisting Mike Digby in technical management.
The NRM Spatial Hub team have been continuing to work with our partners to both raise awareness of the new tools that are available and to undertake training with graziers and extension staff.
In recent months we have been continuing to undertaken training sessions for land managers and extension staff, and presenting at numerous grazing forums such as the NT Cattleman’s Association conference; the Gulf Cattleman’s Association, Northern Gulf & MLA BeefUp Forum; the Southern Gulf and MLA BeefUp Forum; QLD Regional Landcare Facilitators workshop; Southwest NRM NRM Spatial Hub training workshops; and Qld Police – Stock & Rural Crime Investigation Squad annual conference.
Dates have been locked in for several upcoming events including:
- Charters Towers & Spyglass Station training days 23-26 August
- NSW Local Land Services extension staff 2 September
- Port Augusta and Adelaide training 6-8 September
- Beef Industry Breakfast, Brisbane 14 September
- National Rural Women’s Coalition webinar 20 September
- National Landcare Conference, Melbourne 21-23 September
- Sheep Technology Field day, Dirranbandi 28 September
- Innovations Expo, Broken Hill NSW 26 September
- Grazing BMP workshop and training Birdsville, QLD 29 September
Additional dates are being finalised in collaboration with NRM Regionals and the Pastoral Profit Program in QLD and WA in October and November. If you are interested in hosting or attending a workshop, or hands-on training please contact the NRM Spatial Hub team, or your local extension officer
July 2016 has marked another key milestone in the development of the NRM Spatial Hub, with a new and extended partnership between the Rangelands NRM Alliance (RA) regions; the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI); Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA); Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and our stage 1 collaborators. The focus of this partnership over the next 12 months is to consolidate and support the existing service to industry and government stakeholders; extend the service to southern grazing regions; scope future development, and to transition the NRM Spatial Hub to a self-sustaining business model.
It’s a very exciting time for the team and our partners!
More information on what we plan to deliver over the next 12 months can be found here
Stage 1 of the NRM Spatial Hub concluded in May 2016, with June and July spent getting the wheels turning on Stage 2. There are a very large number of organisations and individuals to thank.
Stage 1 of the NRM Spatial Hub project was supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and received significant cash and in-kind support from: Meat and Livestock Australia; the Rangelands NRM Alliance comprising 14 Regional NRM 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.
Input, guidance and feedback from regional extension staff, property owners and managers has been fundamental to the success of the project. In particular, we would like to thank Russell Lethbridge, Mark Perkins, John Hall, Craig Young, Barry Hughes, Joe Rolfe and Niilo Gobius for their insights and support, and all the property managers and extension staff involved in the demonstrations, who have played a crucial role in the development of the NRM Spatial Hub.
We are looking forward to working with you all through the next exciting stages of development as we take the NRM Spatial Hub into an operational service for industry.
Stage 1 Final Report
We have summarised all the activities and achievements of the NRM Spatial Hub over the 2 years of development. The final report can be downloaded here.
Other updated material has also been put on www.nrmhub.com.au/about