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QUEENS­LAND farm­ers are em­brac­ing prop­erty com­puter map­ping to boost their busi­nesses and en­sure com­pli­ance with govern­ment reg­u­la­tions.

AgForce GIS tech­ni­cal man­ager Noel Brins­mead said over the past four months, 300 pri­mary pro­duc­ers had at­tended com­puter map­ping work­shops run by AgForce through­out the state, with more planned in Cun­na­mulla and Mor­ven later this month.

“Prop­erty com­puter map­ping is one of the most ef­fec­tive busi­ness tools avail­able to pri­mary pro­duc­ers,” he said.

“It can as­sist with man­ag­ing and plan­ning in­fra­struc­ture like fences and ir­ri­ga­tion lines, mon­i­tor­ing land con­di­tion and can help to re­duce the threat of bush fires.

“An ef­fec­tive prop­erty map can also form part of a biose­cu­rity plan, to en­sure com­pli­ance with veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment reg­u­la­tions and to con­test land val­u­a­tions.”

Mr Brins­mead said he had been de­liv­er­ing map­ping work­shops for more than a decade and had never seen in­ter­est as high as it was now, with wait­ing lists es­tab­lished in some ar­eas.

“The all day work­shops al­low pro­duc­ers to start map­ping their prop­erty, demon­strate how to link a hand­held GPS to the com­puter map, at­tach pho­tos and learn how to look at a prop­erty in 3D to de­ter­mine slope lengths and flood mod­el­ling,” he said.

The next com­puter prop­erty map­ping work­shops are: Cun­na­mulla, Oc­to­ber 23, 8.30am- 4pm and Mor­ven, Oc­to­ber 25, 8.30am4pm.

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