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‘Big Bob’ No Tall Order for Technology

“The settlements of the Sunshine Coast were founded by forestry pioneers,” Mr Abbot said.

“It’s significant that such a unique tree can now provide a bridge between the past and council’s current vision of being Australia’s most sustainable region – vibrant, green and diverse.”

Council conducted the project to gain a more accurate picture of local topography and vegetation on the Sunshine Coast to assist with future flood modelling and constraints mapping for its planning scheme.

Using a cutting edge Geographic Information System (GIS), council was able to map and analyse this information and use it in a meaningful way.

This lead to the discovery of the enormous tree, which is believed to be the tallest on record in Queensland.

Anton Delporte, a manager with GIS specialists Esri Australia, said ‘Big Bob’s’ discovery demonstrated the benefits of utilising the technology.

“Using GIS technology to map and understand information is much more efficient and accurate than using a paper based map,” Mr Delporte said.

“GIS is a science founded on the principles of land management and, while the technology is widely used by many of the nation’s leading businesses, it’s immensely rewarding seeing Sunshine Coast Council use the technology to make this significant environmental finding.

Mr Delponte said Council captured more nine billion points of data using GIS technology.

“Council translated that data into more accurate information on environmental planning, vegetation management, development assessment, hydraulic (flood) and geo-technical engineering, as well as architecture, asset management, mining and refuse site management.”