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Digital maps will assist with planning and census

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, March 21, 2009) – The Australian Defence Adviser South Pacific, Captain John Maschke, RAN has presented the final instalment of the maps of Vanuatu in a leather-bound atlas to Russell Nari, Director-General of the Department of Lands.

The presentation completes the Vanuatu Mapping Project commenced in 2002 under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Australian Department of Defence and the Government of Vanuatu concerning the aerial survey and mapping of Vanautu.

The presentation held special significance for Captain Maschke as he was the Australian Vanuatu Mapping Project Manager during 2004-2005 on behalf of the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation located in Australia.

He worked closely with Mr. Harold Moli Worahese during this two-year period and was now also pleased to be able to renew his acquaintance with Mr. Nari.

Nari said the mapping and the associated digital data provided will be essential for the conduct of Vanuatu’s next national census which will occur in 2009-10.

The mapping data is also essential for the successful planning and conduct of many government activities requiring such data. The information is used in maritime surveillance, police, customs, fisheries, quarantine, health, primary industry and many other work areas that use mapping information.

Colour topographic line maps covering all the islands of Vanuatu are available to the public at the price of 1,000 vatu per copy and the colour ortho-photographic maps covering the provincial headquarters at a price of 2,000 vatu [US$18] per copy.

The maps and colour radar images covering the whole of Vanuatu are available from the Mapping Unit of the Department of Lands, Survey and Records at the top floor of the former Hong Kong Shanghai Building, telephone 22892.

A street directory of Port Vila is also available

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