An update on the NRM Spatial Hub at the second MLA Beef Industry Breakfast

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

EVENT LOCATION: Customs House Brisbane, 399 Queen Street. Presentations commence at 7.30 am.

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Our Partners

The NRM Spatial Hub project is supported through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme and other significant cash and in-kind support from Meat and Livestock Australia and other partners, including:

The Rangelands Alliance members comprising of 14 NRM Regional 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.