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Media Release The Hon Warren Entsch MP Parliamentary Secretary

3 June 2003

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THE SEARCH STOPS HERE — WWW.NATIONALMINESATLAS.GOV.AU

Information about Australia’s minerals industry has been opened up to the world, with the launch today of the online National Mines Atlas in Canberra.

Industry, Tourism and Resources Parliamentary Secretary, Warren Entsch, launched the National Mines Atlas at the Minerals Council of Australia’s Industry Seminar in Old Parliament House, saying the Atlas is a product of the world class innovation and technology.

“The Atlas provides an online public ‘window’ on Australian minerals resources information and spatial data on mines and processing centres,” Mr Entsch said.

“The best in information as well as IT, scientific and industry skills were brought together in Geoscience Australia for the development of the Atlas website, making it a great example of innovation in the provision of advice and services.

“For anyone going online looking for Australian minerals industry information, the search stops here at www.nationalminesatlas.gov.au .”

Minerals Council of Australia Chief Executive, Mr Mitch Hooke said the Atlas provides a comprehensive portal to the Australian minerals industry highlighting its rich geological assets, and exploration potential, its global position as a strategic location for minerals operations, as well as the industry’s substantial contribution to Australia’s economy and rural and remote communities.

Formally the National Atlas of Mineral Resources, Mines and Processing Centres, the Atlas is a joint initiative of Geoscience Australia, the Regional Minerals Program administered by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, and the

Minerals Council of Australia.

Mr Entsch said the Atlas goes beyond the conventional understanding of a resources map, covering more than seven million square kilometres… • with spatial information and cutting-edge technical capability, it provides search, query and online map-making for mines and mineral deposits; • a mosaic of detailed satellite scenes for most of Australia; and • the ability to link mines, processing facilities and ports in Atlas maps to other websites.

“Users will be able to construct, from the ground up, a purpose-built map tailored to their own specifications,” Mr Entsch said.

“It will help to maintain and promote mineral exploration and development, and provide fact sheets for educational, public and industry use. And because the Atlas’ information bases are dynamic, it will always be up-to-date.”

Other contacts: Greg Doolan (Mr Entsch MP) - 0418 213 243 or 02 6277 4656 Clare Ross (Minerals Council of Australia) - 02 6279 3630 Chris Lloyd (DITR Resources Division) - 02 6213 7294 Bill McKay (Geoscience Australia) - 02 6249 9003

NATIONAL MINES ATLAS INFO SHEET

The National Mines Atlas is a joint initiative of Geoscience Australia, the Regional Minerals Program administered by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, and the Minerals Council of Australia.

The National Mines Atlas focuses on Australia’s known mineral assets, mines and production/processing centres, existing and planned. It contains easy to use web-based tools to locate mines or mineral deposits, display data and make small-scale maps. It also provides links to websites with more information. Users have at their fingertips a broad spectrum of minerals and mining information, which will meet the needs of those with general, technical or educational interests in the industry.

The Atlas’ mapping capability makes it possible to construct, from the ground up, a purpose-built map tailored to the user’s specifications and needs. Maps can include satellite imagery, which is available for most mining areas, and can be printed at A4 size or saved to disk in PDF format.

The National Mines Atlas draws from Geoscience Australia's OZMin database to deliver its information on line. OZmin includes mine location, operating status, current owner(s), and publicly available data on resources. An array of information in pictorial format is also available.

The National Mines Atlas serves as an innovative and hands-on educational resource for teachers and students. Students can generate, save and print individualised maps and supporting information for a variety of research and classroom activities.

For government agencies and the private sector, the ready availability and interactivity of the Atlas will facilitate analysis and assessment mineral specific data in a spatial context and provide unparalleled real time planning and decision-support capabilities.

Geoscience Australia developed the Atlas as an online interactive system to replace an outdated, static, cumbersome Atlas of Australian Resources — Geology and Minerals, published in 1988.

For full details of the National Mines Atlas visit the website at: http://www.nationalminesatlas.gov.au

For further information contact: Bill McKay, Geoscience Australia +61 2 6249 9003

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