Paper plans of the mineral fields at Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie will no longer be maintained.
Mines Minister George Cash said from next Monday (March 13) the 185 public plans held at the Mining Registrar's counters at both centres would be available on the computerised tenement system, Tengraph.
Mr Cash said Tengraph would be the only source of up-to-date mining tenement boundary information on call at the Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie Mining Registrar offices. However, paper public plans would still be available to customers for research purposes.
He said that since Tengraph went on-line last year more customers were choosing to use Tengraph in preference to the paper plans.
"The Tengraph system is far more user friendly than current paper plans," Mr Cash said.
"It provides information in a way that is easy to understand, without users being forced to sift through all the fine writing on the paper plan to check on the boundary of reserves and other tenements.
"Prospectors and mining companies are using the Tengraph system more frequently in conjunction with Global Positioning System technology (GPS) because of greater positional accuracy."
Mr Cash said Tengraph had streamlined the tenement application process and provided the Department of Minerals and Energy with an opportunity to improve its efficiency and operating systems to serve the needs of its customers better.
By 1997 the Tengraph system would provide Statewide graphical information, replacing a total of 9,000 paper plans and servicing a window into Western Australia's entire mineral tenement system.
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