Mapping Workshop – Tackling Technology for Producers

08th Oct 2019

More than 2.5 million Australians are currently not online, with a further 4 million having limited digital skills.

On Monday October 14, Get Online Week 2019 launches in Australia, kicking off a week of more than 1000 events taking place around the country to provide support for people wishing to improve their digital skills.

GLENRAC is getting involved in the digital inclusion campaign by hosting the Tackling Technology for Producers Mapping Workshop this month, an event aimed at increasing farmer skills in using online mapping technologies for rebates and personal use.

“It has been identified through a lot of our drought assistance activities that farm mapping is a simple skill lacking in our farming community,” says GLENRAC Project Manager, Eliza James. “The water infrastructure rebate requires that landholders present a before and after farm map to demonstrate the change or improvement in infrastructure. Many thus far have been presenting our office with a hand drawn map, which we then have been scouting out on 6maps or Google Earth Pro.”

Presented by Land Planning and Mapping specialist, Glen Chapman of Southern Blue Regenerative, the workshop will provide simple, easy to follow steps that landholders can utilise to increase their farm productivity through the free program, Google Earth Pro.

Attendees will learn how to set up the program on their desktop, find their property and map its boundary, map paddocks, water and infrastructure, access external mapping data and export and print maps for rebates or personal applications. 

“The beauty of Google Earth Pro is that the user can save their own data and come back to it later,” continues Eliza. “Maps can be printed or saved as a pdf to the computer, which comes in handy for farm planning, presentation of spatial information for grants, rebates and loan applications. Beginner users can calculate paddock areas or the length of fence lines, while more experiences users can import contour lines, calculate elevations and plan for future water infrastructure or tree alley ways.”

Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop and wifi service. There will be limited laptops available for loan on the day. 

The workshop will also be followed by a webinar to allow Glen to answer any follow up questions attendees may have.

This free event is supported by the Good Things Foundation Be Connected grant.Thursday 17th October 2019 10am-2pm, GLENRAC, 68 Church St, Glen Innes. Light lunch provided.

For catering purposes, please RSVP by October 14th by email: eliza.james@glenrac.org.au, or phone: 02 6732 3443. Limited seats available.

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