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Spatial information management toolkit assists local government (22 September 2004)

A new toolkit has been launched by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) and ANZLIC - the Spatial Information Council of Australia and New Zealand. The toolkit is a practical document developed from the experience of a cross-section of local councils from around Australia. It is essentially a teaching aid to help council staff compile, analyse and use spatial information to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of a broad range of functions; including planning, rating, community services, natural resource management and engineering.

Ten modules cover issues such as information management in local government; data management principles based on practical experience; spatial data priorities, standards and compliance; and guidelines for selecting spatial information systems.

In addition, there is a concise guide for technical managers with check lists and case studies explaining how spatial information has already become integrated into the operation of many councils.

The tool also describes the degree of interaction that occurs within councils and between local government, state/territory governments and Australian Government agencies.

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