South West Queensland graziers have been quick to recognise the possibilities offered by the NRM Spatial Hub technology.
According to South West NRM Regional Landcare Facilitator Darren Jennings, the Hub technology was first introduced to graziers last year as part of larger Natural Resource workshops.
However, in response to interest from graziers, Mr Jennings said they decided to host Hub specific workshops in Charleville this month.
“Being able to better manage their business is the primary motivation for graziers,” he said.
“That means they are very interested in using the Hub technology to improve their understanding of grazing pressure, manage their assets and contractors, and plan property infrastructure like water points.
“Given the size of some of these operations, getting a better handle on the overall ground cover is really important as well.
“Which can all be achieved through the Hub technology.”
The South West NRM region covers an area of over 187,000 square kilometres and is home to approximately 10,000 people.
The grazing enterprises are some of the largest and most remote in Australia, meaning a technology that can give them an enhanced bird’s eye view of their operations is highly attractive.
To assist land managers in the initial set up phase, South West NRM have set up a “Hub – ready” computer at their office which South West NRM graziers can book and use.
“An NRM Spatial Hub trainer is available to assist these land managers to ensure that things go smoothly during this set up phase,” Mr Jennings said.
“Once they are set up, they can then apply the technology using existing internet access at home.”
Sixteen people participated in the workshops which focussed mostly on mapping their property. Once mapped, further workshops are scheduled to help graziers do more analysis of their operations using the Hub tools.