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 2020, the Meningie East Field Healthy Soils Group in South Australia, supported by the Coorong Tatiara Landcare Assistance Program, received the inaugural $40,000 nbn™ Sustainable Agriculture Landcare Grant.
The project involved 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. All the landholders, farmers and advisors who participated rated their involvement in the project as highly useful and the majority said it exceeded their expectations. Read the case study and social impact outcomes for this project.
The second pillar to the partnership is to drive greater engagement and awareness by NBN employees about key sustainability and community priorities through participation 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).