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.