Project will create new detailed maps of the NT

A new mapping project will produce detailed maps to inform decisions about regional development, investment and sustainable and efficient use of soil and water.

“Farmers, industry groups, developers and many others will find uses for this information,” said Bob Williams, Director of Plant Industries Development.

“The data will also assist with biosecurity risk management and emergency disease preparedness. If a specific crop is threatened by a biosecurity incursion, for example, maps will indicate where that crop is being grown so we can take appropriate action.”

The project will produce the first major updates to the Territory’s land use maps in10 years, and is part of a nationwide mapping initiative funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in collaboration with the Northern Territory Government.

In the NT, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is leading the project in collaboration with DPIR and NT Farmers.

The maps will be freely available through the NRMaps web portal.

The Land Use Mapping Project is due to be completed in June 2017.

Land use change in the Darwin region, 2008–2015. Red lines show horticultural land use expansion

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