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Government launches online mapping system
1/03/2000 9:00 AM
A new online atlas will create a wide range of opportunities for people to create their own maps to meet specific information needs.
Launching the map in Fremantle this morning, Lands Minister Doug Shave said the new system demonstrated Western Australia’s leadership in technological innovation.
“The Western Australian Land Information System (WALIS) has maximised online technology opportunities to carry out its core function of improving access to geographic information," Mr Shave said.
The online WA Atlas was developed by WALIS in partnership with Environment Australia and allows a vast selection of geographic information to be viewed on the Internet.
It allows maps to be created, provides access to detailed information and is a great improvement on earlier information access.
Information available online has an emphasis on the State’s coastal and marine resources but includes cultural and environmental data such as Aboriginal sites, petroleum tenements, groundwater, and wetland information.
“The WA Atlas is a living atlas,” Mr Shave said.
“As more and more groups link to it, it will continue to grow as will the benefits it offers to users.”
Mr Shave said he hoped Government, business, community groups and individuals would use the atlas and be part of it by adding to its data base.
Information for the new atlas has come from the Departments of Land Administration, Aboriginal Affairs, Conservation and Land Management and Minerals and Energy, the Water and Rivers Commission, Fisheries WA, Transport WA, and the WA Museum.
The atlas can be found at
Media contact: John Clune 9213 6500