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PO Box 479, Horsham, VIC, 3402
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Article

New interactive map connects the Wimmera

Sep 13, 2017
 
Map showing Swamp Silo Art Trail The Swamp Silo Art Trail is one of the
features you can look up on the new
Wimmera interactive map
Map showing Aerial photography The Wimmera interactive map allows you to
zoom in to aerial views of wetlands,
paddock layouts and vegetation
Paul demonstrates Wimmera Map Wimmera CMA’s Paul Skeen
demonstrates how the new Wimmera
map can give you various perspectives
of the region from a google map to an
aerial photographic view to contact
details of your local Landcare group

This is no ordinary map!

During the past 20 years Wimmera CMA has collected data for the community on waterways, wetlands, floods, native vegetation, areas of cultural significance and Landcare activities.

Now, thanks to the latest mapping technology and a high resolution aerial photography project involving five councils, the CMA is launching a new interactive map that gives the community free access to all this information, and more, with a simple mouse click.

The Wimmera Interactive Catchment Map is an extension of a project involving the CMA and Horsham, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, West Wimmera, Pyrenees councils.

The Wimmera Southern Mallee Geographic Information Systems Shared Services project, completed earlier this year, has enhanced data access across the region. The project included updating 2010 aerial imagery to increase the technical capabilities of councils and the CMA for mapping-based projects.

Wimmera CMA GIS officer Paul Skeen says the catchment map offers unparalleled access to government natural resource management data from across the region.

“If people want information about their property, such as their local Landcare group or some key information about the landscape or wetlands and waterways, this map is a good place to start. We have a lot of data which we supply to people who come and ask us for information, and this map allows everyone to access it simply and easily.

“Thanks to this interactive mapping technology, people only need to go to one map to extract the data they need, instead of having to look at a static map, or multiple documents.”

Mr Skeen said the catchment map was a good add-on to the council maps that were available on individual council websites.

“It’s really great to be able to see how all the natural resource management work we’re doing with the community on farms, along waterways and at wetlands is all connected,” he says.

“It’s very similar to Google maps, the aerial photography is high quality and current, and it gives you a really clear overview of the Wimmera. You can zoom into your area of interest and see all sorts of interesting things like vegetation, paddock layouts, lakes and wetlands and the Wimmera River.

“We’ve also added things like the Swamp Silo Art Trail, which shows you some of the beautiful wetlands watered via the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline that are close to the silos, and coming into spring it’s a great time to get out and enjoy nature.