Mount Isa landholders to benefit from free satellite imagery and property data

A 3D image of Mount Isa from the Queensland Globe.
A 3D image of Mount Isa from the Queensland Globe.

Free satellite imagery, layered with more than 600 types of the latest property-specific data including terrain information, vegetation management rules, water bores and soil types, is now available to landholders via their mobile phones or tablets.

‘The Queensland Globe’ is a free, mobile-friendly tool which allows users to zoom in to any area of the state and then overlay that image with property-specific information such as water catchments, soil types and terrain.

Steve Jacoby, Executive Director at the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM), said the Queensland Globe has recently undergone a major upgrade.

“Similar to Google Earth, the Queensland Globe allows anyone to easily bring up satellite imagery of any location in the State. While this is useful, its real power is the ability to then easily overlay that picture with data layers - ranging from flood mapping lines to water catchments and vegetation management mapping.”

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Mr Jacoby said a new feature allowed people to easily create, save and share their own maps, search or choose their area of interest or add any combination of layers from the Globe.

“Property boundaries, CSG wells, soil types, proximity to local roads, rail lines, water catchments are all available on the Queensland Globe, together with detailed location-specific cropping, grazing land management, topography, and  hundreds of other datasets,” he said.

“Regional businesses working in Australia’s most decentralised state, can now access on-site intel or information about a specific property or location without having to spend hours on the road.

“Through the new Queensland Globe the latest satellite imagery can be accessed with a few clicks while working out in the field – and then shared with staff back in the office,” he said.

Mr Jacoby said that while the new Queensland Globe had obvious benefits for businesses, the spatial tool provided a one-stop-resource for any member of the community.

“You only have to use the Globe once to experience the convenience of being able to see your own house via satellite while on the go, and then overlay it with information that is important to you,” he said.

“Giving people the power to make informed decisions with reliable, up to date information in the one place is certainly worth celebrating,” Mr Jacoby said.