The challenges of 2020 have seen a new wave of GIS heroes born - people who use maps, geography and analytics to help communities and address challenges head-on.
Disaster response and recovery
Following the largest and most devastating bushfire ever on Kangaroo Island, a team of GIS heroes created a StoryMap to encourage people to return to the island and support the local communities.
With 70% of its land area damaged by the bushfires, Bega Valley Shire Council stepped-up its GIS capabilities to make smarter decisions on damage assessment, emergency repair and resource deployment.
Foward-thinking academics at UNSW and RMIT have created assets that use location intelligence to ensure COVID-19 response is well-informed and data-driven.
The Department of Health supported Australian organisations in responding effectively to the pandemic with a COVID-19 Resources Hub.
Empowering local communities
Wavell State High's Senior Experience Teacher, Brett Dascombe is growing the next generation's geospatial skills by embedding GIS into the geography curriculum. Check out his channel for more resources.
City of Parramatta's world-class urban renewal project, Melrose Park is a game-changer for smarter urban planning leading to more livable and climate-adapted neighbourhoods.
In efforts to combat Australia's growing rates of depression and suicide, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare dashboard plots the locations of those most at-risk.
The City of Bayswater embraced a truly open approach to data sharing, leveraging web apps to more efficiently deliver key data to their communities and stakeholders.