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Communities to Benefit from Spatial Information Project

Thu 17 May 2012

Bryan Green

Minister for Primary Industries and Water

The Minister for Primary Industries and Water Bryan Green said local communities will benefit from the State Government's investment in the Spatial Information Foundations Project included in this year's State Budget.

Mr Green said funding of $2.986 million for the project will improve the Government's planning and decision making processes for communities across the State.

"This project is about using contemporary, web-based technology to enable us to link a vast array of location or map-based information to core information used in planning, economic development and responses to emergency incidents," Mr Green said.

Mr Green said one of the key benefits of the Project was enabling the Government to deliver better and more cost-effective decisions as well as more targeted services to people, businesses and communities.

"By bringing all this 'spatially-enabled' information together and evaluating the changing picture of our landscapes, communities and environment, it provides us with a more complete view on which to base our planning decisions.

"By improving ways we are able to find and use spatial information, we can respond more effectively to emergency incidents, knowing who and what may be at risk at a specific time and location. 
"By linking information about the location of existing and planned services with trends and the projected growth or decline in community numbers, we can make much more informed decisions and more precisely align the type and location of future services to areas of most need.

Mr Green said improvements in technology over recent years has drastically improved the ways in which people are able to find and use the vast array of spatial information available and that the Government has recognised the importance of capturing and utilising that information in its decision making processes.

"This platform for the management and distribution of spatial information will be able to be utilised across all tiers of government and the private sector.

"It will build on and enhance the core infrastructure of the Land Information System Tasmania (the LIST) which has been widely used since it was developed in the 1990s," Mr Green said.  

Communities to Benefit from Spatial Information Project