The NBN and Life on Red Hill

Kylie Stretton and her husband Shane run a livestock agency on Red Hill, a 13,000 acre cattle property 40km as the crow flies North East of Charters Towers.

One of their highest priorities is to improve the vibrancy of our natural environment and they use high-density rotational grazing methods to achieve this.

The property has a variety of red dirt, Burdekin River flats, Northern Goldfield’s country, black soil with basalt and spinifex country.

“We have all these land types on our on property that all need different management and this is where things like the internet and mapping comes into play because we really need to know how each parcel of land needs to be managed properly,” Kylie said.

“We are moving into an era where we have to prove ourselves that we are doing things really well and at best standards for industry. With the help of technology such as mapping and satellite imagery and using that data we can prove that we are really top of the game when it comes to raising beef around the world.

“Putting collars on cattle, rather than having to build real fences, we can do all this via the internet, which is a lot easier for me because I can’t go and shift a fence for us to practice high density grazing. I can’t shift it physically, but I can shift it on a computer.”

Kylie Stretton says she has been very pleased with the performance of NBN Co’s Sky Muster™ satellite service.*

“Sky Muster™ has actually worked really well for us. I was a little bit tentative about it to start off with, but obviously the past few years it’s just getting better and better and since we have moved here Sky Muster™ has actually been great,*” she said.

“It’s been our most reliable source of communication, been much better than our old radio phone and much better than our mobile phone.*”

Kylie says that at Red Hill they recently received nearly their annual rainfall within 10-13 days and Sky Muster™ did not falter.* Her images and videos on the rain event were shared around the world.

Kylie Stretton is co-founder of Better Internet for Regional, Rural and Remote Australia (BIRRR) and the Chairperson of the NFF Telecommunications and Social Policy Committee.

She runs Life on Red Hill on Facebook, documenting her family’s day to day farming life.

Production of this case study was made possible using funding from the Commonwealth Government’s Small Business Digital Champions project.

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