Guide to reading maps

Identifying electoral boundaries

Maps in this book aim to give a clear depiction of State electoral boundaries and to identify the majority of the features that they follow. The scale of each map varies according to the size of the area covered. Not all sections of boundaries can be labelled in maps at some scales.

Electorate boundaries often coincide with local government area boundaries, locality boundaries, roads, rivers, railways and other features such as property boundaries, parks and reserves, transmission lines, drains etc. Where possible, labels are placed to identify the main feature that major segments of the boundaries follow. In some cases where boundaries follow local government or locality boundaries, they are not identified in any additional way (such as with minor road name). Local government and locality boundaries are deemed to be generally understood and identifiable. They are visible in the VicRoads and Melways street directories which are generally available to the public.

Differences between existing and new electorates

General differences between existing and new electorates can be seen in the overview maps on pages 46 to 50. Detailed maps of the existing electorates can be found on the VEC website vec.vic.gov.au.

Interactive map

Should more detail be required to identify the differences between existing and new boundaries or the course of a particular boundary, additional resources are provided by the interactive map display on the EBC website www.ebc.vic.gov.au. This application, based on Google maps, has been designed to enable a quick selection of an electorate or specific address so as to centre the map in the desired area. Zoom and pan tools enable viewer to look in more detail at particular boundaries.

Map detail will increase as the zoom increases. Satellite view can be switched on to see “on the ground” detail. In addition, the user can choose to see existing electorates compared to new electorate boundaries at both a district and region level.

Data sets and alignment

All of the data sets in these maps are sourced through VicMap data (Department of Environment and Primary Industries). However, they are created and maintained by varying bodies, and particularly on coastlines these datasets do not always correspond. In this report the State external boundary aligns to the VicMap admin locality except where electors fall outside the locality boundary.

Spatial data

Spatial data of the boundaries can be downloaded from ebc.vic.gov.au, and can be viewed with GIS software.

 



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