22 September 2003
A seamless digital map of Australia's topography is one step closer to reality following completion of the latest series of topographic maps by Geoscience Australia.
"Completion of the latest 1:250 000 (250K) scale topographic maps of Australia known as NATMAP 250K, is a significant mapping milestone for Australia. For the first time since 1968, we have mapped all 7,660,000 square kilometres of the entire continent with information that has been collected over the past ten years," said Member for Eden-Monaro, Mr Gary Nairn, who added the final map of Kingston in Western Australia to the 17sq metre mosaic of 513 maps laid out at Parliament House on 22 September 2003.
The new map series, completed in five years, is a collaborative effort between Geoscience Australia and private sector mapping companies. The first national topographic map coverage at this scale began in the late 1940s and was completed in 1968.
"The completion of this stage of the project is a crucial stepping stone towards the production of a seamless electronic map of Australia which we will be able to update with the latest information as it becomes available. The seamless topographic database of Australia will be available on the Internet in early 2004."
250K NATMAPs are available in both paper and digital form. In line with the Government's policy on Spatial Data Access and Pricing, this fundamental spatial information in vector format is also available free online.
At the event, Mr Nairn also launched the new NATMAP Raster 2003, a CD product containing images of all the 1:250 000, 1:1 million and 1:5 million maps as well as a 50 metre resolution satellite image of Australia. All 513 250K maps are provided on just two CDs for $99.
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