Geo Message (September 2011)

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Message from our Chair


On September 13th SSSI held the GIS Program Management Workshop, this was  a very successful day.  Following this on the 14th the Victorian region held our annual Spatial Summit. This was an extremely successful day with over 240 attendees including exhibitors, presenters, University and TAFE students and delegates. I believe the venue was good, the food great and the presentations all well attended. However we have recently sent out an online survey to collect your more detailed feedback from the day. Please respond to the survey as we will use the information to build on our experiences from this year’s event.


The presentations were split into three streams after the plenary session. Our major theme for the day was the education subcommittee Destination Spatial. The other presentations included Humanitarian and Disaster Relief, Land Surveying, Hydrology and a series of presentations about Victorian government Spatial services.

Many thanks to all who contributed to the day, especially our Gold sponsor ESRI Australia, our silver sponsors CR Kennedy and Lockheed Martin, all the volunteers, presenters and exhibitors. A big thank you to Kellee Ireland our regional executive officer who has been working on this event all year. Kellee also had a major part in organising the VSEA evening awards. This evening is the highlight of our Victorian spatial calendar and was a very glamorous evening. The evening included a silent auction in aid of the charity that we have chosen to support – the Ardoch Youth Foundation. Major prizes were an Apple Ipad 2 won by Mary Rabling, a signed 2011 Hawthorn Football jersey won by Paul Natsikis and an accommodation package at the Sebel Hotel won by Tom Werner.


 Congratulations to all the award winners. They are listed later in this geomessage…




Robyn McCutcheon

SSSI Vic Chair


Morning Plenary Session Spatial Breakout Room Surveying Breakout Room

Sponsor CR Kennedy Position Partners and Jelmap Exhibitor Geoconnect

Crowd Photo Crowd Photo Crowd Photo





Correction to the program – under forthcoming events :
Expanding on tradition – the National Land Surveying Conference will be held in Melbourne from the 19th to the 21st April 2012.


FPET points for the Spatial Summit were as follows:


Spatial Summit


This year SSSI Vic has been supporting the Ardoch Youth Foundation (Ardoch) by providing donations to their programs as speaker gifts for our speakers and presenters.  We continued this suppport at the Summit and VSEA with a Silent Auction at the VSEA.  During the VSEA Mandy Burns the CEO of Ardoch provided some insight into the work they do. 


Address by Mandy Burns - CEO of Ardoch Youth Foundation

Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards 2011


14 September 2011


Thank you to the Victorian Spatial Industry, SIBA and SSSI for supporting Ardoch Youth Foundation as its inaugural charity partner at these awards. We are holding a silent auction to raise funds for Ardoch’s work, which I hope you will participate in – the prize list is on every table, so please have a look at that and get involved.  Both SSSI and SIBA will continue to support the work that Ardoch does.


But first, I’d like to share some of Ardoch’s story with you.



Abstract submission for the 16ARSPC is now open

Abstract submission for the 16ARSPC is now open, incorporated into the XXII Congress of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Details regarding abstract submission are below. You may submit for any category as part of the overall Congress or for the 16ARSPC specifically. If you wish to submit for the 16ARSPC, then please select this option from the "Working Group or Theme Session" drop-down list on the abstract submission page.



Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards (VSEA)


Indivdual Award Winners

  1. Professional of the Year Award - Prof William Cartwright
  2. Service to the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Community - Diane Daniell
  3. Young Spatial Professional of the Year- Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse
  4. Education Professional Development Award - Prof Simon Jones
  5. SSSI Undergraduate Student Award - Frazer Wilson
  6. SSSI Post Graduate Student Award - Sam Amirebrahimi
  7. Excellence in Cadastral Surveying Award - David Monahan
  8. Thornton Smith Medal - Gary Hunter


Project Award Winners

  1. Environmental Sustainability -SKM - Spatial Query Tool for Environment Water Management
  2. Infrastructure and Construction - Department of Sustainability and Environment – Positioning Regional Victoria
  3. Innovation and Commercialisation Pepperstack P/L - NeatStreets – “Live”: Connecting Government with the Community
  4. Land Titling and Development Rapidmap/Bass Coast Shire – Climate Change Future Coasts Project
  5. People and Community Cohga – Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Register (ACHRIS)
  6. The Small Business Enterprise Award Jelmap Aquatic Plants Management Information System
  7. The Spatial Export Award Cohga Stigfinnaren for Trafikverket – Sweden
  8. Spatially Enabling Government Department of Primary Industries – The Victorian Land Use Information System (VLUIS)
  9. Victorian Government Award for Spatial Excellence Cohga Stigfinnaren for Trafikverket – Sweden 


Photos from the VSEA


Attendees can view the photos taken on the night and make orders by going to 


Visitors to the site should click  "Client Log in" (top right corner).


They will need to enter the following - as this area is password protected.


Username: vsea
Password: sustainable


From here attendees will be able to view images from the night and make orders (it operates just like any shopping basket system... simply add items to the basket, select the desired output, then proceed to checkout after they have added all required items.  


If someone has an output option that is not listed or have special/specific requests, they can contact Tim Mullane directly to discuss  -  Sustainable Image Ph 0425 728 114 or email

Hope you enjoy the shots...


Land Victoria Latest Contact Details:


Subdivision Branch Enquiries


email.  ph. 86362010



Other issues/concerns.

Branch Manager Neil Coupar email.  ph. 86362121


The following senior staff will receive emails & deal with enquiries ASAP.

Mark Briffa, Randall McDonald, Michael Edwards, Nicholas Riley, Allan Cantsilieris, Andrew Hilton,  Dale Butterworth, Ian McLeod, Jason Matthews, Mark Cagdas


Application & Survey Branch

General enquiries - email.  ph. 86362010


Other issues/concerns

Branch Manager David Wille email. ph.86362215


Enquiries on Section 60's, 103's, 99's, BP's, Local Government & Easements

The following senior staff will receive emails & deal with enquiries ASAP.
Dick Terrens, Renato Marasco, Sam Giordano, Kevin Buhagiar, Roger Mellor, Peter Willis, Brett Greenland, Kevin Bond.


General Law enquiries Michael Sleurink



Land Victoria Customer Information Bulletin Editions No. 131 &132


Please note that the Land Victoria Customer Information Bulletins Editions No.131 & 132 are now available. Bulletin 131 provides Victorian Water Register payment information.


Bulletin 132 provides Guidelines for preparing OCR friendly lodgement and information relating to Caveats and Removal of Caveats



Report investigating Melbourne's public land released


The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) recently released its final report following its investigation of public land in 29 municipalities in metropolitan Melbourne.


The investigation, requested by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change in 2008, provides for the first time a stocktake of public land across most of metropolitan Melbourne and an inventory of open space on both public land and land owned by local councils.


Finding that public land makes a significant contribution to Melbourne's liveability, the report warns that the city's increasing population is likely to create pressures on the public land estate, with public open space per capita likely to decrease over time for almost all municipalities.


The report also finds that there is an uneven distribution of public open space across the investigation area, with established municipalities generally having less open space per capita than outer and growth municipalities.


Public open space as a proportion of the entire municipality is lowest in Glen Eira (4.7 per cent), Stonnington (6.7 per cent), Wyndham (9.1 per cent), Boroondara (9.6 per cent) and Maribyrnong and Monash (both 9.9 per cent).


The highest proportion of public space is found in Nillumbik (56.9 per cent), Cardinia (42.1 per cent), Whittlesea (34.2 per cent), Manningham (24.6 per cent) and Hobsons Bay (24.1 per cent).

The report calls for the protection of existing open space and the provision of new open space so that Melbourne's open space network can meet the needs of its growing population. The report calls for a review of open space contribution policies and provisions in the Victoria Planning Provisions and Subdivision Act 1988 in order to maximise the contribution of open space through subdivision of land.


The report also calls for the creation of a new metropolitan open space policy and strategy to respond to the challenges facing Melbourne's open space network and provide an overarching framework for existing open space programs and strategies.


The final report contains 10 findings, 24 policy and strategy recommendations and 21 public land use recommendations, with other recommendations including:



If you missed the briefing session at the Spatial summit The report, 'Metropolitan Melbourne Investigation', by the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) is available from the VEAC website



Melbourne's Growth Area and Land Market - June Quarter 2011


Oliver Hume Real Estate Group - Edition 25


LAND prices in growth areas have fallen for the second consecutive quarter, according to the latest research released by Oliver Hume Real Estate Group.
Since reaching a peak median price of $225,750 in the December quarter 2010, the latest report for Melbourne's growth area land market reveals the median price is now $220,000.


However, the report also finds that in contrast to a stabilising land price, the median permit value has increased by 8.4 per cent since the start of the year to $237,209, contradicting wider market sentiment, which suggests that in the current climate, purchasers are spending more on land than on house.


The house-and-land package index now shows a cost of $457,209: up 2.8 per cent since the start of the year. Wyndham Council recorded the highest house and land package ($515,628), while Cardinia is the most affordable at $393,725, and the only municipality with a median below $400,000.


Read on for the Melbourne growth area land market report for the June 2011 quarter, by Oliver Hume Real Estate Group.  Good news for some is that the number of lots available for sale, both titled and pre-selling, continues to trend upwards from the bottom of the cycle in June 2010. Supply increased, for the third successive quarter, to around 2,250 lots: now the highest since the last quarter of 2008.


The median number of lots available in each of the six municipalities is about 340, up by more than 300 per cent from a year ago. Whittlesea and Casey dominate, both with around 25 per cent of growth-area supply. Hume is the tightest market with less than 10 per cent of growth-area supply.


Based on the current rate of project sales, the 2,250 lots are equal to 3.4 months supply: the highest since the last quarter of 2008. Six months supply is considered to be the industry benchmark; but that was last experienced in the September quarter of 2006.


Victorian Property Sales Report March 2011. The Victorian Property Sales Report for the March 2011 quarter is now available for order online. The report provides the most accurate median property sales prices for house, units and vacant residential land in your suburb.  The figures are calculated using data from all completed property sales – data only collected by the State Government and analysed by the Victorian Valuer-General.


The latest edition lists median property sales prices for the March quarter of 2011 with results showing a 7 per cent drop in residential housing prices across Victoria since the last report.


The report also includes data for previous quarters and covers houses, units and vacant residential land. Data for each property type is sold separately as a PDF online for $10.   To find out more or order you copy visit, email or phone (03) 8636 2456.



Cranbourne North Precinct Structure Plan Adopted


Planning Minister Matthew Guy has announced that he has approved the Cranbourne North Stage 2 Precinct Structure Plan [PSP] . The PSP comprises the second and final stage of planning for the Cranbourne North precinct and will provide for around 2,000 dwellings for approximately 5,000 people over the next 20 years, to be located on a 190-hectare site at the corner of Berwick-Cranbourne Road and Thompsons Road. According to the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD), the PSP also provides for "a local town centre on William Thwaites Boulevard, a primary school and kindergarten, sports ovals, a series of wetlands, local parks and trails linking residents across this new suburb". 


The PSP has been implemented by Amendment C125 to the Casey Planning Scheme.


The GAA has also released the Cranbourne North PSP Development Contributions Plan


Further information from the Growth Areas Authority (GAA)


(Source: Planning Minister; GAA; DPCD)



Reforms announced for Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act


The Australian Government has announced significant reforms to Australia's national environmental law aiming to better protect the nation's environment and keep pace with economic growth.  Environment Minister Tony Burke outlined the first major overhaul of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999 since it was created over a decade ago.


The reforms are in response to an independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 by Dr Allan Hawke. Of the 71 recommendations proposed in the review, the government agreed fully or in part with 56 and did not accept 15.  The reforms also seek a consistent national approach to environmental impact assessments that removes duplication, cuts red tape and provides better upfront guidance on legislation requirements, with more long-term certainty and transparency.  "It sets out a new national approach to the protection of Australia's environment and biodiversity which will be better for the environment, better for business and mean better co-operation between government, industry and communities," Mr Burke said.


According to the government, the environmental reforms include:



Click here for more information on the national environmental law reforms and the government's full response to the review of the EPBC Act 1999 by Dr Hawke. 



New Planning Restriction on Wind Farms


Planning Minister Matthew Guy has recently announced a new measure "that prohibits a wind turbine being constructed within two kilometres of an existing dwelling unless there is written consent from the owner of the dwelling", as well as establishing specific zones in which wind turbines cannot be built. Planning Minister's media release.  (Source: Planning Minister)



Legislation introduced to establish Victoria's Public Transport Development Authority


Legislation to enable the formation of Victoria's new Public Transport Development Authority (PTDA) was introduced into Parliament on 19th September and  is expected to be enacted by late October. The legislation will enable the PTDA to be created as a Transport System Agency under the Transport Integration Act 2010.
According to the government, the primary objectives of the PTDA will be:



Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder confirmed Ian Dobbs would be the inaugural CEO and Chair of the new authority and would officially commence in the role once the legislation is enacted.  Mr Mulder said further information on the organisational structure of the new authority and board appointments would be made later this year.


The new authority is expected to be up and running in the first quarter of 2012and will be the face of public transport, responsible for planning, coordinating and integrating transport services throughout Victoria.



New user pays Major Cases List for VCAT


Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark last week announced the Victorian Government will reinstate a major cases planning list at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).


Funding provided by the previous government for a Major Cases List pilot program, which aimed to speed up the decision-making of major projects, ceased earlier this year and the pilot program closed to new cases on 18th March.


The reinstated Major Cases List will operate on a full user pays basis, consistent with the practice in other jurisdictions, such as the NSW Land and Environment Court, which charges a $6,146 filing fee for corporations with developments worth more than $1 million.


It is anticipated that this will in turn reduce case numbers and free up resources in the general planning list, so other cases can also be heard more quickly. All cases included on the major cases list will be decided on their merits and in accordance with the law, just as they would be if heard on the general planning list.


While the previous Major Cases List was open to residential developments worth more than $5 million, the reinstated list increases the threshold to $10 million. However, the threshold will remain at $5 million for industrial, commercial and other non-residential projects.


Applicants wishing to have a case included on the Major Cases List will pay an initial fee of $3,000 (excluding GST) together with a daily hearing fee of $3,115 (excluding GST).  The necessary regulations to re-establish the list are currently being finalised. It is expected the list will re-commence in the next few months



Latest on the LightSquared Debacle


(Edited article by Don Jewell  GPS World Digital Edition September 2011)

While we should not be surprised that GPS jamming takes place, we should be surprised and indignant that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has initially authorized legal GPS jamming by LightSquared.. What I can say now is the LightSquared terrestrial transmitters and receivers, if approved by the FCC, amount to FCC-sanctioned jamming that will cause mayhem among GPS users worldwide. This is no longer an issue confined to the Continental United States. There are billions of dollars in economic and containment costs at stake as well as lost income and revenue, not to mention the potential loss of life, detailed in a recent FAA report. Approval of the LightSquared terrestrial plan would be a global catastrophe and I am incredulous that the administration and the FCC are still unsure of what action to take.


Way Ahead


It is really rather simple: LightSquared originally signed on to provide broadband communication capabilities via satellite to everyone in the U.S. They propose broadcasting in the spectrum allocated to satellite transmissions, and as long as they fulfill that mission at the nominal satellite power levels from orbit there is not an issue. In this originally approved LightSquared scenario, all users would have the capability to receive broadband signals everywhere they can now receive a GPS signal. As we all know, with ever more sensitive receivers you can now routinely receive GPS signals almost everywhere, even indoors. The proposed broadband satellite coverage area provides a huge customer base for LightSquared but apparently it is not enough. It becomes a matter of market dominance versus market share. The FCC needs to wake up and take immediate actions to curtail plans for all high-powered terrestrial transmissions in the protected satellite spectrum or face the disastrous consequences. The North Korean jamming headlines are bad enough; none of us want to read a headline that says "FCC GPS Actions Cause Huge Loss of Life as Airliners Collide." This is far from over; write your Congressman.



Don Jewell has spent more than thirty years in the Unites States Air Force, where he was involved with GPS systems from their inception, either as a test system evaluator or user. He served as a Commander at Schriever AFB, the home of GPS, and retired as the deputy chief scientist at Air Force Space Command. He then spent seven years as a senior marketer for two large government contractors dealing in GPS software and hardware. Jewell currently serves on two independent GPS review teams that he helped found, and on four independent assessment teams that frequently deal with GPS issues for the U.S. government. He has served on numerous Air Force and Defense Scientific Advisory Boards, and he writes extensively on technical issues. Jewell has earned his Bachelors degree and MBA, and the PhD is in progress.



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Friday 7th October 2011 - Laser Scanning Road Show Bendigo

All Seasons Hotel, 178 - 183 McIvor Road, Bendigo
12:45 to 1:15pm

Terrestrial Laser Scanning: Myths and Realities

The increasing move towards more faster, accurate and cheaper sensor generated data is giving rise to a whole new generation of virtual world applications, with the simple way of looking at objects or environments moving from 2D to 3D. In Europe, Laser Scanning is even being used for cadastral surveys

With presentations from a number of vendors and users you will learn:

A speaker from the DIGO Bendigo Geospatial Analysis Centre will address the seminar on security cleared image matters and the art of image interpretation and geospatial analysis.


Wednesday 19th October 2011 - Tour of the State Control Centre

Level 4, 8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Cost: $0

Note: **Strictly limited to 30 attendees, first in best dressed .  Registration imperative as attendees names need to be provided to DSE security at Nicholson Street

The State Control Centre (SCC) is the hub of a network of regional and incident emergency control centres around the state. The SCC operates for the management of state-level emergencies or potential emergencies that fall under the jurisdiction of its partner agencies:


Thursday 20th October, 2011

YP Pub Night
Networking for Young Professionals

 5.30pm onwards

James Squire Brewhouse (next to Portland Hotel), 115‐127 Russell Street, Melbourne


Thursday 27th October Twilight Seminar

From 1 January 2012 new Australia–wide harmonised Work, Health & Safety Laws will be introduced replacing existing OH&S Legislation. There will be increased roles for business owners, senior management and employees. A 1hour briefing is to be presented by VECCI to bring everyone up to date with their obligations towards the new legislation including:-

In addition there will be presentations of case studies on some significant construction projects and an update on the Subdivision Users Guide which is expected to be released by that time.

Wednesday 9th November Twilight Seminar

In conjunction with RMIT TAFE final year project presentations


Wed 1st February 2012 First Twilight Seminar for the year

18-21st April 2012 - National Land Surveying Conference - Expanding on Tradition
The Sebel Albert Park, 65 Queen Road, Albert Park

This National Conference is being run by surveyors for surveyors and will provide the latest information on the many national issues which are having increasing implications on our day to day practice.

25 August to 1 September 2012

The XXII Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing see


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