Subject: East Timor offers thanks

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East Timor offers thanks
Tuesday, 8 March 2005

BENDIGO'S Geospatial Analysis Centre was yesterday thanked for its involvement in creating the first official maps of East Timor.

Timor Leste National Director of Land and Property Pedro De Sousa Xavier visited Bendigo to formally thank workers for their involvement in the mapping, a joint project by the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation and the Geospatial Analysis Centre in Bendigo.

The maps have been in development since 2001, after thousands of aerial photographs were transferred to the Geospatial Analysis Centre and made into maps.

About 40 people were involved in the project.

The centre used special digital equipment to transform the aerial photos into maps, which pinpoint both natural and man-made features.

The maps are expected to help East Timor and the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor to conduct the nation's first census and help with infrastructure planning and development.

Mr Xavier said the maps would be a great help, after old maps were partially destroyed during the fight for independence.

"They are important documents for us and will help with the collecting of the census," he said.

Geospatial Analysis Centre Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation director Brian McLachlan said the maps were one way Defence was providing practical assistance as East Timor matured as a nation.

"The Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation are providing important development tools as the basis for development required in the future," he said.

"We are very pleased with the work done by all staff.

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