Government and Spatial Information Industry Forge Closer Links
31 July 2002
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Warren Entsch, today announced the successful tenderers for appointment to a Panel for the provision of topographic map and digital data production services for Geoscience Australia and the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation.
The successful companies - Sinclair Knight Merz Pty Ltd, Intergraph Corporation Pty Ltd, Airesearch Mapping Pty Ltd, Aspect North Pty Ltd and Photomapping Services Pty Ltd - were appointed to the Panel following detailed evaluation of tenders received from Australia and internationally.
Mr Entsch also announced that BAE SYSTEMS Australia Limited had been appointed as the Facilities Manager for the provision of topographic map and digital data production services.
Congratulating the successful companies, Mr Entsch noted that the current tendering process was built upon the successful outsourcing of the Commonwealth's topographic mapping requirements which began in 1997 by Geoscience Australia's predecessor, the Australian Surveying and Land Information Group.
Mr Entsch said, "The successful forging of cooperative and productive links with the private sector over the past five years has laid the foundations for an expanded relationship under the new contracts."
"It is significant," said Mr Entsch "that Geoscience Australia and the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation have been working closely over the last two years with a shared goal of achieving greater coordination and cooperation in the collection and management of spatial information over Australia.
The new contracts reflect the joint contracting arrangements recently established by Geoscience Australia and the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation under which Geoscience Australia will take on the responsibility for the large majority of Defence's onshore mapping of Australia.
"The joint contracting arrangements embodied in the new contracts will result in the funding of private sector activity to around $25 million over the three years of the new contracts and will contribute substantially to the further development of the Australian spatial information industry," Mr Entsch added.
Aaron Gladki Office of Warren Entsch (02) 6277 4656
Mr Peter Holland Geoscience Australia (02) 6201 4262
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