Australia: The Federal Government and some state governments may soon roll out free satellite mapping services to all graziers across Australia. Currently, the Queensland Government is funding this service to graziers in North Queensland, but it could be rolled out at a national level by the end of the year.
Mike Digby, regional mapping services co-ordinator with the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group in Queensland said that they”ve mapped 200,000 square kilometres within the northern gulf of Queensland.
“It all sounds expensive, but all that”s needed is the pastoralist”s time and the use of their vehicles. In return, maps are published for the grazier,” he added.
Through the Rangelands Alliance, Digby is working on a programme called a NRM Spatial Hub, which will hopefully lead to this service being rolled out across the rangelands nationally towards the end of the year.
Source: ABC Net