The Queensland Government today launched a new online stock route management system to better help local governments better manage the State’s 2.6 million hectare stock route network.
“Queensland’s stock route network is vital to the cattle industry as it provides important travelling routes and reserves for travelling stock. We need to ensure information is readily and easily accessible to local councils who keep the routes maintained for our graziers,” said Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps.
The Minister shared that prior to the launch of the new system, councils had to rely on bush telegraph to find out if routes were opened or closed, in good condition or poor, and if watering stations along the routes were operating.
“With this technology in place, councils will now be able to better manage the network in their area, ensure the more heavily use routes are prioritised for maintenance and highlight which sections of the network can be made available for grazing when there is little demand for use by travelling stock.”
Furthermore, the GIS-based system will clearly identify all travelling stock traffic plus identify routes closed due to lack of pasture or water. In addition, councils will also be able to issue travel permits, agistment permits and water agreements online.
“This system will help strengthen the agriculture pillar of the Queensland economy and delivers on our election commitment to support the industry,” he said.
Meanwhile, according to Brett Bundock, Managing Director of Esri Australia, while GIS has been widely known for delivering considerable productivity gains to organisations, this is the first time it technology has been used to provide all councils with a single state-wide view of stock route information.
“The technology delivers an unprecedented level of clarity and precision to support decision makers – whether they’re determining the most appropriate route for cattle movements, or issuing travel permits to stock owners.
“In terms of GIS technology deployment, this system represents a paradigm shift – and it will no doubt serve as a blueprint for cross-organisation collaboration in other sectors, such as emergency services,” Bundock said.