Western Australia Acting Minister for Lands Stephen Dawson
Western Australian Data Assisting Bushfire Response
Victor P Taffa
- Landgate data has been made available to Commonwealth agencies and not-for-profit organisations to assist with the national bushfire response
- Maps provide vital information on landscape and terrain
Landgate’s data has been made available to various organisations to support response and recovery efforts for the bushfire emergencies occurring across Australia.
“We’ve always said Western Australia stands ready to help those impacted by the devastating bushfires in any way we can.” Acting Minister for Lands Stephen Dawson said.
“Landgate is Western Australia’s land information authority and has the most extensive continuous dataset of fire burnt areas across Australia. The data provided will underpin environmental and community group recovery efforts.”
Topographic maps of Western Australia have been provided to the Australian Defence Force to support Operation Bushfire Assist in the event that Western Australia is severely impacted by bushfires for the remainder of this bushfire season.
Maps provide a summary of the landscape and terrain while displaying important physical (natural and man-made) features including road names, contours, spot heights, cities, towns and buildings.
They are particularly useful in remote areas where terrain and lack of internet access can affect operations on the ground.
National datasets for areas burnt during the current fire season have also been provided to support the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy in carrying out environmental impact analyses, and Landcare Australia in their community group recovery efforts.