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.
Empowering local communities
The new CoSafe application, created by the City of Cockburn, uses local knowledge to inform a more reliable and responsive community security service available 24/7.
Spatial analyst Patrick Burke and the Rotary Club of Kippa-Ring North Lakes created an innovative tool in ArcGIS Online called whereis.red
The tool enables anyone experiencing homelessness to easily locate nearby services - from food vans, accommodation, counselling and domestic violence support.
The Canterbury Bankstown Council developed the Smart Data initiative championing data transparancy, accountability and innovation for increased productivity and planning for the city's future.
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.
Andrew Dowding leads the Indigenous Mapping Workshop initiative -- using virtual learning to advance the geospatial skills within indigenous leadership, students, agencies and 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.
Watch how Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Air Operations Unit captured rapid high-resolution drone imagery to identify damage to homes in Springfield Lakes, inform disaster recovery plans and support community response.
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.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) helped Queenslanders understand and prepare for the bushfire risk in their neighborhoods by checking their post code.
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.