Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps demonstrates the new QTopo program to Queensland Girl Guides Jo (left) and Jemma.
Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps demonstrates the new QTopo program to Queensland Girl Guides Jo (left) and Jemma. Contributed

Government's QTopo lets you create and download your own map

QUEENSLAND town planners, emergency services, industry, bush walkers and even the girl guides can take advantage of a new initiative which can deliver custom-made topographical maps straight to an email inbox.

The State Government's new QTopo online service allows anyone to create and then download their own topographical map via the Department of Natural Resources and Mines website.

Queenslanders can download maps of their own street or property, emergency services can use the service to co-ordinate live or training operations and businesses can create new maps to enhance their products and services for their clients.

Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps said on Thursday the applications of the service were endless.

"The new application provides a high level of detail, including the location of water features, roads, urban development, railways, property boundaries and National Parks," he said.

"Users can select their own scale and custom define their coverage, including centring the map at their point of interest.

"Maps can be saved to a computer or tablet and then printed or emailed to others."

Mr Cripps said previously maps were only updated periodically, but now thousands of people can go online and create custom-made maps for their own use.

"Our free QTopo program allows scouts and guides to have fun today but the maps will also be valuable to anyone who enjoys mountain biking, four-wheel driving or hiking," he said.

"Industry will find it to be a powerful tool for professional applications such as urban planning, mining, emergency management, education and investigating boundaries and land ownership."

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