NBN Co partnered with Landcare Australia in late 2019 with the purpose of supporting Australian farmers to be more resilient in the face of a changing climate through driving innovative farming practices to improve sustainability and sharing the outcomes across national farming networks using the NBN.
In September 2020, the Meningie East Field Healthy Soils Group in South Australia received the inaugural NBN Sustainable Agriculture Landcare Grant. Funding of $40,000 was awarded to the group for an on-farm project demonstrating leadership in sustainable agriculture. The project involves using remote monitoring systems to improve knowledge and decision-making around dryland salinity management. Using the NBN is a key component for this project to improve environmental and productivity outcomes.
To support the advancement of farmer knowledge, the outcomes from the project around productivity, environmental and social benefits will be shared across national farming networks leveraging the NBN.
The second pillar to the partnership is to drive greater engagement and awareness by NBN employees about key sustainability and community priorities. NBN has committed 240 volunteers who will participate in corporate volunteering projects across Australia by working side by side with Landcare community groups to help support local projects.
NBN Co was established in 2009 to design, build and operate Australia’s wholesale broadband access network. Underpinned by a purpose to Lift the Digital Capability of Australia, NBN’s key objective is to improve social equity and economic prosperity by ensuring all Australians have access to affordable and reliable broadband. NBN is wholly owned by the Commonwealth of Australia as a Government Business Enterprise (GBE).