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TUESDAY. JULY 5. 1975 No. 105/75

AERIAL SURVEY TEST RANGE

(Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, the Hon. L."H. Barnard, MP)

Work by British and Australian Army surveyors

between August and November this year should ensure completion

of an aerial survey test range of world standard for the

Australian Army, the Minister for Defence, Mr. Lance Barnard,

said in Canberra today.

The Lake Hume Photogrammetric Test Range covering

an area of 100 km by 150 km is in the area of Bonegilla,

Victoria# Its purpose is to provide a facility for testing

photogrammetric procedures essential to the making of maps.

It has already been partly surveyed by the Royal

Australian Survey Corps and a British Army Survey Troop.

As well as completing the survey of the range, the

joint exercise from August to November will enable a troop of

British Army surveyors comprising an officer, two NGOs and 14

men, to obtain field experience in unfamiliar terrain.

A British Army troop previously assisted in survey:

the Bonegilla Camera Calibration R a n g e i n 197T. This is a

smaller range measuring 20 km by 20 km. The Bonegilla range

will be used to correctly calibrate aerial cameras and to

check all associated equipment such as lenses, and film types.

So that the ranges can perform these functions, the Army

surveyors are surveying and marking a large number of control

points which are clearly visible from the air. '

any Australian-based map-making authority to test their

equipments and procedures and to train operators.

Enquiries:

Both ranges when completed will be available to

Telephone:

Director of Public Relations, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT, 2600 j

65 2999 (Office hours) 47-8342 (After hours)