[ASC-media] Media Release: New geoscience map of queensland released

Leharne.Fountain at ga.gov.au Leharne.Fountain at ga.gov.au
Mon Feb 17 11:30:11 EST 2003

Geoscience Australia and
Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland
Media Release 
17 February 2003
New geoscience map of Queensland released
Geoscience Australia and the Geological Survey of Queensland today released the latest magnetic anomaly map and grid data covering Queensland.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Warren Entsch, and Queensland's Minister for Mines, Stephen Robertson, said the new Queensland map and data contained significantly more information than previous maps, and provided greater coverage of the whole state.

"This up-to date geoscience information will help to attract international investment to Queensland and assist exploration companies find new mineral deposits, resulting in new jobs and expansion of the industry in Queensland", Mr Entsch said.

"Mining means wealth for Queensland", said Mr Robertson. "The state's mineral production is worth about $4 billion a year, and the mining and processed minerals sector accounts for over 10 per cent of Gross State Product".

The map was released at the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists conference in Adelaide today (17 February 2003).

Data for the new composite grid map were collated from 110 publicly available individual survey grids carried out by private companies and state and federal geoscience organisations over some years.

The latest geophysical map and data are part of the Geoscience Australia Minerals program, in collaboration with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines' Geological Survey of Queensland, to provide Australia-wide coverage of airborne magnetic data. 

Mr Entsch and Mr Robertson said that targeted geoscientific surveys and research by both government organisations help to locate potential mineral areas, reduce exploration risk and encourage investment in Australia.

The grid data are available on CD-ROM from the Natural Resources and Mines information centre for $113.52, and from Geoscience Australia for $99. The colour A0 sized 1:2,500,000 scale map is available from both departments for $41.47. All prices include GST.

The Geological Survey of Queensland is continuing to collect more airborne magnetic data for Queensland, with aerial magnetic surveys being planned for the Central Bowen Basin this year.

For further information contact:
David Searle, senior geoscientist, Geological Survey of Queensland, Ph: 07 3362 9357
Ian Hone, geoscientist, Geoscience Australia, Ph: 02 6249 9306
NR&M media officer: Glenis Ayling, Ph: 07 3405 6966
Geoscience Australia media officer:	1800 882 035 (24 hours)

For data and map sales contact:
Natural Resources and Mines Information Centre
Level 2, Mineral House, 41 George St, Brisbane	
Email: sales at nrm.qld.gov.au	
Ph: 07 3237 1435	

Geoscience Australia Sales Centre
Email: sales at ga.gov.au
Ph: 02 6249 9982

Leharne Fountain
Communications Officer
Geoscience Australia
GPO Box 378

Phone:	+61 2 6249 9800
Fax:	+61 2 6249 9990
Email:	Leharne.Fountain at ga.gov.au

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