Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    State-of-the-art map for icon national park

    28/10/2005 12:00 AM

    One of Western Australia’s most spectacular tourism drawcards, Karijini National Park, has been re-mapped using state-of-the-art technology that will prove invaluable for emergency management planning and the tourism sector.

    Environment Minister Judy Edwards said the new map and digital data CD incorporated the latest technology and high-resolution satellite imagery to highlight cultural features such as buildings, roads, mining infrastructure, dams and bores, terrain, major tourist sites, areas of risk and emergency response information.

    “It also provides important information related to vegetation density to assist with fire management,” Dr Edwards said.

    “State and Federal emergency management and mapping agencies worked together with industry and landholders to produce this valuable tool.”

    The Minister said the visitor safety components of the Karijini National Park map originated out of meetings held in Karratha between CALM regional officers and Geoscience Australia mapping staff.

    “CALM’s detailed local knowledge of Karijini provided tremendous assistance to Geoscience Australia mapping staff who were updating maps and information that was more than 18 years old,” she said.

    “This included removing features that no longer existed, making changes to existing features and adding new ones.

    “CALM regional staff also identified the need for the new map product to contain detailed safety information for more than 100,000 tourists who visit the park each year, with the same information being of tremendous value to all emergency managers involved in potential search and rescue operations.

    “Karijini National Park is one of the jewels in WA’s tourism crown. But its famous gorges, waterfalls and swimming holes can mask an unforgiving environment that can prove extremely dangerous to visitors.

    “This new map focuses on the needs of emergency management and will set the direction for mapping in the future.”

    Copies of the map are available for $10 from the Karijini Visitors Centre, Karratha Newsagency and CALM offices.

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