Land Matters February 2017
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Image caption: Landgate aerial imagery of Flatback turtles, burrows and tracks on Barrow Island and Rosemary Island.
Landgate aerial imagery supporting turtle conservation
Landgate is helping wildlife authorities collect valuable information about Flatback turtles in the North West of Western Australia.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife approached Landgate last year to provide aerial imagery of the Pilbara coast to assist with their North West Shelf Flatback Turtle Conservation Program.
The aerial imagery will help the department map turtle tracks, identify breeding locations and estimate turtle numbers.
Landgate’s Aerial Imagery Team Leader Richard Nicholls said it was an unusual project for Landgate as it required the plane to fly at a much lower altitude than normal.
“In order to capture the high resolution images required, the plane was flown at 2.5cm resolution which is very high as we normally fly at 10cm for such projects,” Mr Nicholls said.
“We were given a specific window to capture the images - during the first week of December - as this was during low tide and while the turtles were hatching.
“Luckily it also coincided with clear weather so our flying contractors were able to capture the imagery.”
For more about Landgate’s aerial imagery or to order aerial photographs online, visit landgate.wa.gov.au/maps-and-imagery.
Exciting developments for Pastures from Space Plus
Pastures from Space Plus is offering greater value to subscribers with the development of a new multi-farm feature.
Landgate Product Manager Andrew Gordon said the new feature would enable farmers and consultants who manage multiple farms to access pasture data for all of their properties under a single login.
“Users also get a discount for managing multiple properties under a single subscription instead of having multiple subscriptions for multiple properties,” Mr Gordon said.
Pastures from Space Plus, which was officially launched at last year’s Wagin Woolorama by Lands Minister Terry Redman, integrates high-resolution satellite imagery, a stocking rate calculator, feed budgeting tool and Bureau of Meteorology rainfall data.
Mr Gordon said, since the launch, the farm monitoring tool had experienced steady growth in subscriptions.
“Interestingly, two-thirds of these sales have come from the eastern states."
“We’re hoping to build on this growth by developing the service for use in the New Zealand market."
“We are working on accessing new and improved satellite feeds from the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Constellation that uses higher resolution sensors,” Mr Gordon said.
“Throughout 2017, we are aiming to make further improvements to the service including shared view capability for the multi-farm version, data export functionality, historical productivity feature (to identify paddocks of consistently high or low production), a paddock boundary editing feature, a paddock diary to document any remedial action taken for future reference and an image slider to compare one season with another.”
Positive feedback for New Land Registry Plan
Since its launch in July 2016, the number of surveying firms using the New Land Registry Plan (NLR-P) has grown from seven to 22.
Landgate’s Principal Consultant Plans Reform Jack Ngo said initial feedback from surveyors had been very positive and they looked forward to further system releases.
“There has been consistent growth in both the number of surveyors using the NLR-P and the number of plan lodgements through the NLR-P,” Mr Ngo said.
“Almost 35 per cent of all lodging firms are now using NLR-P to lodge their plans and more than 50 per cent of all plans are now being lodged through NLR-P.
“These results reflect the dedication of the project team, positive engagement with surveyors and support from staff at Location Data Services, Customer Services and other areas of Landgate.”
The new plan lodgement system streamlines the way survey plans are lodged by introducing a digital validation service for surveyors.
“This will enable surveyors to check that plans conform to survey standards before lodging them with Landgate,” Mr Ngo said.
“It will also enable automated lodgement, increasing efficiency for both Landgate and its customers.
“A further benefit of the new system is the digitisation of plan lodgements, which will streamline processes and improve turnaround times for plan examination and issuing Certificates of Title for new lots in developments.”
Landgate is working with the remaining 90 firms t.o bring them into the system. For further information about NLR-P, visit landgate.wa.gov.au/business-and-government/specialist-services.
HackED 2017 set to be bigger and better
Western Australian secondary students are again being invited to put their creativity and entrepreneurial skills to the test in Landgate’s annual HackED competition.
The HackED event is designed to introduce high school students to the power of location information and technology by helping them solve real-world problems using open data.
“Through the program, Landgate hopes to ignite interest in location information and technology in the next generation of young people,” Mr Fordham said.
“It’s free for schools to participate and there are some awesome prizes up for grabs so we encourage those interested to get their teams together and register their interest now.
Mr Fordham asked that local groups and businesses provide challenges for the teams to Hack.
“We need real-world business challenges for the students to sink their teeth into – who knows, they might be able to provide a viable solutions for these organisations’ issues.”