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Pin-point satellite imagery for south east Queensland.

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3 April 2007 07/121


South East Queensland can be viewed like never before following today’s release of high-resolution satellite imagery at the Griffith University EcoCentre by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Bob Baldwin.

“Although satellite imagery has been available in one form or another for years, this is the first time that the entire region has been captured at this resolution in one dataset. Previously available imagery was split up across state, regional and local authorities,” Mr Baldwin said.

Geoscience Australia, in collaboration with SEQ Catchments, the Burnett Mary Regional Group and the Queensland Government, bought SPOT 2.5 metre resolution satellite imagery which brings ground features like houses, sheds, dams and even individual trees into focus.

“This type of accurate data capture will be invaluable to the region's emergency management decision-makers and resource planners by showing a comprehensive up-to-date picture of current conditions,” Mr Baldwin said.

“Accurate data is vital for infrastructure planning, regional development, navigation, emergency management, environmental management, homeland security and tourism.

"Overlays can be added to the satellite images to provide specific information about property boundaries, soil types, wildlife corridors, waterways, remnant bushland, cleared areas, and erosion, among others.

“Mapping is by far the largest use of satellite and airborne images, followed by planning, engineering and natural resource management, all areas in which Australian and State Governments are working closely together.”