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Park maps help safety in remote areas30 July 2010
A map showing popular walking tracks, local safety risks and essential tourist services can be very useful for visitors anywhere in Australia, but in Australia's vast interior, it can be life saving.
Geoscience Australia has released two 1:100 000 scale topographic maps featuring the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the nearby Watarrka National Park, that compliment two previously released maps covering the West MacDonnell National Park in the (central) Northern Territory.
The Chief Executive Officer of Geoscience Australia, Dr Chris Pigram said the maps will provide State Emergency Services, Police, Fire Brigade, medical aid and other services with relevant and up-to-date geographical information.
"This will be particularly important for the coordination of search and rescue missions or dealing with bushfires and other natural disasters in these remote regions," Dr Pigram said.
"These maps will enhance tourism planning, provide an important reference for the tourist experience and for the safety of those seeking adventure in the Red Centre."
The four maps complete the Red Centre National Landscapes Initiative that sought to identify remote areas in Australia where topographic mapping was out of date and tourist activity was considered high. The completion of these maps means safer, more reliable information for the experience seeker travelling throughout these areas.
"As well as being an essential addition to a water bottle and sturdy boots for anyone exploring these rugged areas of Central Australia, the maps are both informative and a lasting memento for visitors," suggests Dr Pigram.
Each of the maps depict the landscape topography of the parks and surrounding areas on one side, with a satellite image of the same features on the reverse. Important features such as roads, camping areas, fuel services, water supplies, telephone access and medical facilities are also included.
The maps which have been developed by Geoscience Australia in consultation with the Department of Resources Energy and Tourism and other Australian Government and Northern Territory agencies, are available from the Geoscience Australia Sales Centre and selected map retailers.
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