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Ministerial Statement Improvements in Land Information Systems in the Northern Territory



Ministerial Statement Improvements in Land Information Systems in the Northern Territory

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Tabled Paper 2140


Tabled papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Timothy Baldwin


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To preserve our lifestyle, Government and the private sector needs accurate, consistent spatial information to make responsible decisions. It is essential spatial data is managed properly and can be easily accessed, used and integrated to support the decision-making process. The Department has defined a framework within which agencies can effectively manage and share spatial information. This depends on open, standards-based technology, use of off-the-shelf products and agreed policies, procedures and standards. Initiatives Important initiatives begun in the early 1990s have set the benchmark for the leading edge technology we enjoy today. One of these initiatives was the adoption of the globally consistent Geocentric Datum of Australia and development of a Coordinated Cadastre. In 1996 the Territory became the first jurisdiction in Australia to implement the Geocentric Datum for its land boundary information and for mapping. This is important because it provides the reference base for all mapping and spatial information activities in the NT. When the Coordinated Cadastre is complete in a few years time, the Territory will be able to define land boundaries by use of coordinates, without the need for expensive ground surveys.

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