Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

Minister for Housing and Works; Indigenous Affairs; Heritage; Land Information

    Two CORS sites up and running in an Australian first

    25/07/2008 12:00 AM
     

    The mining hub of Kalgoorlie and the coastal city of Albany have become the first Western Australian continuously operating reference station (CORS) sites to be completed as part of Landgate’s CORS project.

     

    Both sites have started streaming data to Canberra.

     

    In April, Land Information Minister Michelle Roberts announced that a network of 26 CORS sites would be built across WA to form part of a world-class initiative in the gathering of information about the earth’s surface across the continent.

     

    The State Government, through Landgate, would contribute more than $2million over five years to fund the CORS project.

     

    In addition, the Federal Government, through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), would contribute a further $1million.

     

    The Minister said WA was also the first State to start sending data to Geoscience Australia under a national initiative that aimed to build 100 CORS sites.

     

    “The generated data from Albany and Kalgoorlie will be used for research that will lead to better decision-making in the fields of hazard management, environmental protection and resource development,” she said.

     

    “It will also support research in the areas of seismic monitoring, sea level variation and atmospheric modelling for improved weather forecasting.

     

    “The CORS infrastructure will also form the basis for a future continent-wide, real-time positioning system, with applications in surveying and mapping, precision agriculture, vehicle navigation and tracking, location-based services and speed limiting systems.”

     

    Mrs Roberts said Landgate has developed a strategy to complete the 26 CORS installations over the next four years.

     

    “Other sites nearing completion are located at Esperance, Burakin and Kellerberrin,” she said.

     

    Meanwhile, representatives from government, the survey industry and academia and real-time positioning service providers have met as part of Landgate’s Survey Networks Reference Group.

     

    The Minister said the group had agreed that that the spatial industry needed to work co-operatively to build on the initial capacity of Landgate’s 26-station network.

     

    “It’s important that we aim to maximise CORS’ potential to deliver huge benefits to the WA community,” she said.

     

    Further information about the Survey Networks Stakeholder Reference Group is available from:  http://www.landgate.wa.gov.au/corporate.nsf/web/Survey

     

    Minister's office: 9213 6600