Victorian public servants discuss geospatial technologies in government

By Shannon Jenkins

March 4, 2020

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Representatives from across the Victorian government will join together in Brisbane to explain how they have been using geospatial technology to better deal with serious challenges for the benefit of the community.

The Locate20 national conference will take place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from April 28-30. This year, the event will focus on how geospatial technology — tools used in geographic mapping and analysis — can help governments deal with major and growing issues such as drought, bushfires, and health outbreaks.

Gillian Sparkes

The conference will host more than 50 speakers from a range of sectors including government, academic, defence, mining, natural resources, transport, and more.

Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Gillian Sparkes, and her office’s data analyst and science writer Kangmin Moon, will discuss how geospatial data can play a part in Victoria’s State of the Environment (SoE) reporting.

Geospatial information is critical for evaluation to be meaningful at scale so that decision-makers can formulate and implement strategic management actions, Moon will say.

Kangmin Moon

The 2018 SoE report aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework, to help understand how Victoria is progressing towards achieving ecologically sustainable development (ESD).

The report found that a lack of geospatial data at state and local levels was a “critical knowledge gap” for assessing the SDGs, and provided uncertainties in identifying and predicting Victoria’s environmental condition and progress towards ESD. To address the data gap for future SoE reporting, Sparkes will expand her current partnerships to include stakeholders with geospatial data expertise, and will collaborate with local government to identify geospatial information for localising evaluation and reporting.

She will speak about the environmental reporting framework for SoE 2023, due to be tabled in the Victorian parliament this year.

Craig Sandy

Surveyor-General of Victoria Craig Sandy will present a case study on how the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning has been embedding SDGs into its organisation.

He will also discuss the next steps the department plans to take, such as producing policies and strategic goals that are aligned to the SDGs.

In a separate presentation, Sandy will explore Victorian case studies that are the “test beds” for our future smart cities.

Other Victorian speakers include Heath McMahon from Melbourne Water, who will discuss DELWP’s Greater Melbourne LiDAR project — a dataset that comprises all of Melbourne’s urban and peri-urban regions and represents the most accurate and consistent depiction of Melbourne’s ground surface, tree cover and the built environment collated to date.

Kate Williams

DELWP’s Kate Williams will cover the Transformation for the Victorian Digital Cadastre Modernisation Project. She plans to highlight activities that are being undertaken to engage stakeholders, and how this supports the mitigation of risks, and maximises potential benefits.

Christabel McCarthy from City of Melbourne will discuss the Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE), which has been running at Melbourne since the 1960s. She will explore how the city worked with geospatial systems experts Geoplex to develop a CLUE for Local Government technology platform. The platform enables local governments to collect, report on and compare their own CLUE data.

McCarthy will speak on the journey taken to develop this innovative platform, key success factors, and the value and opportunities the CLUE platform offers local governments.

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