DURING the past 20 years Wimmera Catchment Management Authority has collected data for the community on waterways, wetlands, floods, native vegetation, areas of cultural significance and Landcare activities.
Now, the authority has launched a new interactive map that gives the community free access to all this information.
The Wimmera Interactive Catchment Map is an extension of a project involving the authority and Horsham, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, West Wimmera, Pyrenees municipalities.
The project included updating 2010 aerial imagery to increase the technical capabilities of councils and the authority for mapping-based projects.
Authority’s Paul Skeen said the map offered unparalleled access to government natural resource management data from across the region.
“If people want information about their property, such as their Landcare group or some key information about the landscape or wetlands and waterways, this map is a good place to start,” he said. “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.
“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.”
Mr Skeen said the map was available online.