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Zoom in and out

There are multiple ways to zoom in and out:

  • Zoom in and out scroll the mouse wheel up and down.
  • Zoom in only double left-click the mouse over the area you would like to zoom in.
  • Zoom to a selection hold down the shift-key and left-click and hold the mouse button then drag a rectangle over the map area.
  • Zoom slider press the zoom in zoom inor out zoom out button in the top left hand corner of the map (Figure 1). Alternatively drag the zoom sliderslider  up (+) to see more detail in a smaller region or down (-) to see less detail in a larger region.

Pan the map

  • Pan/move the map left-click and hold mouse button in map area and drag the mouse in any direction.
  • Move the map a little left-click mouse on one of the North(north), south(south), east(east), west(west) buttons above the slider tool (Figure 1) in the top left hand corner of the map. Each button click will move the map will slightly in the direction indicated.

Tip - Turn layers off to speed up navigation. The more layers you have turned on, the longer it will take for everything to load each time you zoom or pan.

Search by address

  • Click on TOOLS in the top right hand menu. 
  • Type in address in box below 'Address Search'. Keep the format street number, street name, suburb in that order to ensure search is correct. 
  • Click go and the map should go to the address point you searched. 
  • Click X in top right hand corner of pop up window to exit. 

Turn layers on and off

  • Layers are found in the folders on the right hand side of the map. To open a folder click on the + symbol. 
  • To turn on a layer click the box next to the writing and a tick will appear.
  • To turn off a layer, click the box again. 

Change map layer order

  • Click on TOOLS in the top right hand menu. 
  • Layers appear in order, so the top layer will appear on the top of the other layers. 
  • Drag layers to reorder. 

Change layer transparency

  • Ensure layer is turned on. 
  • Click on layer text next to the tick box to ensure it is highlighted. This will make it your active layer. 
  • Underneath the layer names will be 'Active Layer' and there will be a heading with 'Transparency' and underneath will be a slider bar. 
  • Click on the bar and slide to the left to increase transparency and to the right to decrease transparency. 

Get more information on a layer

Query a layer

  • Many layers are queryable by left clicking on a point, line or polygon (shape) on the map. 
  • Ensure layer you want information on is turned on
  • Click on layer text next to the tick box to ensure it is highlighted. This will make it your active layer. 
  • Only an active layer can be queried. 
  • To see if you can query it you will see underneath the layer names 'Active Layer'.
    • If you can query this layer, it will say in  blue 'Query mode: ON'. 
    • If this layer cannot be queried it will say in grey "Querying not available'. 

Metadata for layers

  • To get metadata on this layer, click on the 'i' next to the layer name in the 'Active Layer' part.
    • Metadata may include a description, the custodian of the data, the date the layer was created etc. 

Change basemap

  • Similar to google maps you can change from a map view to a satellite view and a hybrid view which is a combination of the two. 
  • On the right hand corner of the map will be a box with MAP, IMAGERY, HYBRID and ESRI Imagery.
    • The layer shown on the map will be the layer shown in bold. 
    • To change the basemap, click on the text of the basemap you would like shown. 

Find the legend

  • Click on LEGEND located in the top right hand menu and the legend will pop up. 
  • This legend can be moved around the map and can be resized. 
  • The legend will show all layers that are turned on (excluding basemap). 

Measure area or distance

  • Click on TOOLS located in the top right hand menu.
  • At the bottom (may need to scroll) you will see 'Measure'. 
  • To move to where you need to measure click on the hand symbol and pan to your site. 
  • To measure the distance between two points click on the middle icon with the lines and a ruler.
    • Click on a point on the map where you would like to measure from and click the mouse twice at the end point. The distance will come up below the measuring tool icons. 
  • To measure multiple lines together, turn on the middle measuring tool icon.
    • Click on the map your first measuring point and click once again where you would like the line to go. When you are finished double click your last point. The distance will come up below the measuring tool icons. 
  • To measure an area, click on the right hand measuring tool.
    • Single click points on the map to create your shape and double click to complete your shape. The area will come up below the measuring tool icons. 

Save a map view

  • This allows you to save the current map view and layers as a link so that you can go back to it again without having to start over. This is also useful for sharing a link. 
  • Click on SAVE in the top right menu.
    • Highlight the URL showing in the box. Then copy and save as bookmark or save elsewhere. 
    • Alternatively click on 'Permalink' and the link text will be shown in your browser URL bar. 

Print a map view

  • This allows you to print a PDF of your current map view. 
  • Click PRINT in the top right menu.
    • Give the map a title.
      • Choose portrait or landscape view. 
      • Choose A4 or A3 sizing. 
      • Click on Create PDF for printing and save the PDF in your desired location. 

Toggle menu on side on and off

  • If you would like to unshow the 'Categories and Layers' on the right hand side of the screen, click on SETTINGS in the top right hand corner. 
  • To make it reappear, click on SETTINGS again. 



Categories and layers

Active Layer


Toggle querying

Hints and Information

This map provides public access to several useful dynamic maps/overlays of the region.

Layer stacking order (drag to reorder)

No active layer(s)

Address Search
Results by HERE

Measure distance between points or area of a polygon


Save the state of the current map as a link (ctrl-c to copy)

Permalink (highlight the link text and ctrl-c to copy)

Specify Filter Attributes
Export this layer

Current map extent (max 500 features)

  1. Click Add point
  2. Left-click on map position once to add a point
  3. The relevant template will appear. Simply fill out the fields as directed supplying as much information as possible

Map navigation mode (default)

Add point