Improving access to property-scale information and knowledge is just a glimpse into what the NRM Spatial Hub aims to do.
The Hub is game changing technology that will allow local graziers to make better management decisions based on the landscapes conditions and productivity.
In a time where drought proofing is essential, the hub is putting landholders back on the map.
Project Manager, Phil Tickle, spoke to local graziers at the recent South West NRM Caravan of Collaborations, which were held in Morven, Charleville, Quilpie and Tambo.
Mr Tickle says the NRM Spatial Hub, which is a central element of the 15-year blueprint of the Australian Rangelands Initiative, will enable landholders to make better management and investment decisions.
“It’s an online planning and property information system. It allows them to take a fresh look at their property infrastructure, to be able to then make investment strategies around that,”
“Most importantly it’s a secure environment where they can collect and map the information from the area that they need, they can integrate it with the government’s information and they can also bring information from government agencies to monitor their property,” he says.
The system will give graziers, regional bodies and land managers the appropriate data and mapping tools to enable the consistent development and maintenance of comprehensive digital property plans, infrastructure, maps and plans of on-ground work across the rangeland.
“What we’re basically doing is taking many terabytes of data that has been stored with the Government, and giving property owners direct access to that information,”
“So the issues we have at the moment around tree clearing, or land conditions, where landholders have been getting a bit of a hard time lately, this technology is going to give the property owners all of that same information,” says Mr Tickle.
Mr Tickle says the NRM Spatial Hub is an innovative initiative that utilizes an Online Property Planning and Information System (OPPIS) that will provide users with a secure, standards-based environment for capturing, managing, processing and disseminating information.
“Everyone has access to a lot of information, but this Hub will give landholders access to that information, plus more, to enable them to make decisions on their property around their land conditions, their pasture management, their grazing management,”
“Graziers will be able to demonstrate that they’re doing the right thing and using this information to really prove that overtime they’re improving their business, they’re sustainable and profitable,” says Mr Tickle.
The Hub is being rolled out to 125 properties across the Rangelands over the next few weeks, and Mr Tickle expects the Hub to be available for broader use within the next few months.
“We’re looking for feedback from the demonstration properties we’re working with at the moment, and then we hope to garner some support from their neighbours and other interested landholders from across the country,” he says,