Release notes

Keep up to date with new functions, tools and data in NR Maps.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions to improve NR Maps. Email

Several data layers are regularly updated on NR Maps and will not be noted on this page. These layers include:

  • Bores
  • Bushfire Burn Permits
  • Clearing Permits
  • Flora and Fauna records
  • Map products
  • Monitoring sites
  • Water Extraction Licences.


  1. Right mouse click on a layer and select ‘Set Active’ to use the search and selection queries.
  2. Right mouse click on a layer and select 'Metadata' for more information about the data.
  3. Hover your mouse over tools and layers to view a short description.

9 November 2020


  • New published bookmarks (yellow book) for major town locations. Hover your mouse over Locations > Major Towns > then click a set location. The cadastre is still the active layer.
  • Help guides have been refreshed.
  • New guide.  How to use NR Maps tools. This guide contains some practical examples to help you learn how to use the tools.

Did you know? The Measure tools (for area and distance) use Coordinate Reference System EPSG 3857. Read more information.

Spatial data layers

  • New folder: Folder Water > Bores > Drilling Requirements. This folder contains Gamma Log Areas (new layer) and Strata and Water Sample Areas (moved from folder Water Management).
  • New layer: Folder Fire > Bushfires NT > Administrative Boundaries > Brigade and Office Locations
  • Layer update: Folder Parks and Culture > Parks and Reserves

12 October 2020

  • The NR Maps banner has been updated with the new department name - Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security.
  • All functions and tools using the department name have been updated or to the new acronym, DEPWS.


Spatial data layers

  • Folder Land > Land Resources > Land units 25k. This data compilation now includes land units over Undoolya Rocky Hill Station.
  • Folder Land > Land Resources > Land units 100k. This data compilation now includes land units over Pine Hill Station.

8 September 2020


  • The NR Maps Important Information splash screen has changed.
  • Identify visible layers based on selected features – export functions have been fixed.

Spatial data layers

  Reminder! Right mouse click on a layer and click 'Metadata' for more information about the data.
  • Folder Biodiversity > Significant Biodiversity Areas > Biogeographic Regions. New layer.
  • Folder Fire > Fire Weather Forecast Areas. New layer.
  • Folder Land > Land Resources > Soil. The layer display now has labels and map tips have been updated.
  • Folder Land > Land Resources > Land units 100k. This data compilation now includes land units over Curtin Springs.
  • Folder Water > Surface Water Drainage > Catchments > River Regions renamed (was previously called Regional Catchments) and new layer River Basins has been added.

29 July 2020

Spatial data layer

  • Folder Fire > Bushfires NT > Remote Community Bushfire Risk. This layer displays the potential bushfire risk ratings for all NT remote communities. Right mouse click on the layer to view the metadata record.

NR Maps mobile client – Remote community bushfire risk

17 July 2020


  • Right mouse click on a layer and select Download spatial data package.  This is only available if Department of Environment and Natural Resources is the data custodian. The zipped package contains spatial data in ESRI GDB and/or shapefile formats, metadata records, maps (if available) and reports (if available).
  • Published bookmarks for Gunn Point Development Opportunities

Spatial data layers

  • Folder Vegetation > Mangroves > Mangroves Darwin Region 10k. This dataset replaces Darwin Harbour and Bynoe Harbour mangrove surveys. Right mouse click to view the metadata record.
  • NTG Users only: Folder Fire > Bushfires NT > Water Points and Remote Community Bushfire Risk – Please view NTG Central > Online systems > NR Maps NTG Users.

New folder – Development opportunities

  • A new department project, Mapping the Future 2018-22, is compiling information about land capability, biodiversity and water availability over several areas. For project details view
  • Right mouse click on a layer to review the metadata record.
  • Layer: Index Project Areas – right mouse click on the layer and make active to filter search records.
  • Layer: Development Potential – summarised information for Gunn Point project area.
  • Layer - Groundwater Dependent Development Potential – summarised information for Gunn Point project area.

30 June 2020

NR Maps updated using Weave Patch 2.6.4

New map screen tools

Selected features export (DENR data only):

  • select features from the active layer at any map scale
  • click on the tool to open, select the data format and then click Export
  • export will be greyed out if the selected data is not managed by DENR
  • to check custodian details, right mouse click on the layer and view the metadata record.

New redline mark-up tools

Upload your own data:

  • click the tool and browse to the file location to load
  • select features to change the colour settings
  • the geometry of an uploaded file may be edited (e.g. move vertices).

Create new dataset using text coordinates

  • This new tool provides the user with an accurate drawing tool using coordinates (e.g. create a new point).
  • Enter the location: 132.1234 -15.1234 (use a space between the x and y coordinates).
  • Click on the drawing tool Save and call this New Point 1.

Update geometry using text coordinates

  • Select an existing drawing feature and edit the coordinates for (e.g. how to move the location of New Point 1).
  • Select Point X and click on the Update drawing tool; Enter new coordinates 132.234 -15.234.

5 June 2020
  • Folder Fire > Bushfires NT > Administrative Boundaries > Volunteer Bushfire Brigade Areas – Beatrice Hill name changed to Marrakai.
  • Folder Land > Land Use Mapping > Land Use Secondary Classes – Review new search tools to filter by class or commodity.
  • Folder Parks and Culture > Parks and Reserves – Review new search tools to filter parks by name or type.
  • NTG Users only: Folder Fire > Hazardous Locations – Please view NTG Central > Online systems > NR Maps NTG Users.

13 May 2020


  • New export to KML function in Redline tools.
  • New Get function in Redline tool for NTG users only. To view more information about this function go to NTG Central > Online systems > NR Maps NTG Users.

Spatial data layers

  • Folder Biodiversity > Fauna datasets: new attribute OBSERVATION_TYPE.
  • Folder Land > Land use mapping > data updates predominately over Darwin and Katherine areas.

31 March 2020


  • Splash screen at start provides basic information about using NR Maps.
  • Reset NR Maps for a fresh start. Click on green arrow tool located at the top right of the map screen.

Spatial data layers

  • New layer: Land Administration > Administrative Boundaries > COVID-19 designated biosecurity areas. For more information go to the NT Government's Coronavirus website.
  • Pastoral leasesare excluded from the designated areas. To display this layer: Land Administration folder > Cadastre (Land Parcels) > Pastoral Properties.

Published bookmarks (click on yellow book tool)

  • COVID-19 > Designated biosecurity areas, Pastoral Leases, Communities. Cadastre is the active layer. Pastoral leases are excluded from the designated area.
  • Aboriginal > Communities and Land. Communities is the active layer.

1 November 2019

New folder structure

  • The layers in NR Maps have grown considerably so the main folders have been reorganised to make navigation easier.
  • To assist searching for a layer, enter a name in the Filter, located at the top of the layers panel. Eg bore. Only layers with the name bore will be displayed. Click the 'X' to go back to all layers.

Spatial data layers

  • Folder Biodiversity > previously called Flora and Fauna.
  • Folder Environment > Layer Waste Discharge Sites has been added to this new folder.
  • Folder Fire > Subfolder Bushfires NT\Administrative Boundaries > layer Fire Protection Zones. Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs zone boundaries amended.
  • New subfolder North Australian Fire Information (NAFI) contains layers Hotspots and Fire Scars. The source is a web map service so the layers can only be viewed and cannot be made active.
  • New subfolder NT Fire and Rescue Service. The Emergency Response Areas (ERA) have moved to this subfolder.
  • Folder Maps > The layer Graticule GDA94 has moved to this folder. Turn on to display Latitude and Longitude graticules. These will display on a map printed from NR Maps.
  • Dates have been added to the layer All Map Products and included in the Search function.
  • Folder Vegetation > Subfolder Mangroves > Layer Mangroves 250k added.
  • Folder Water > Subfolder Bores > Bores were previously split into groups Current and Historical. An additional layer called Bores All has been reinstated.
  • Subfolder Water Management: Layers Water management zones and Protection areas were amended.
  • Folder Land Administration > Subfolder Topographic map index has moved to this folder.
  • Subfolder Cadastre: new layer Aboriginal Land. This is a subset of the cadastre layer based on Owner Category.
  • Subfolder Administrative boundaries: new layers Aboriginal land council and Electoral Regions.
  • Folder Geoscience and Mining > The subfolders Geoscience (previously called Geology and Geophyics) and Titles Register have moved to this folder.

6 September 2019

Spatial data layers

  • Mining Title Register > Petroleum and Pipeline Titles > Petroleum Reserves and Petroleum Proposed Reserves – new layers.
  • Geology and Geophysics > Beetaloo sub-basin – new layer.
  • Vegetation Resources > Sandsheet Heath Vegetation layer was fixed and reinstated.

22 August 2019


  • Personal Bookmarks – create your own: save layers, location and drawing markups. Send the bookmark to colleagues or save for use at another time.
  • Published Bookmarks – created by administrators: layers and location have been pre-set. Please contact us to add new bookmarks to this listing.
  • Applied system patch.

Spatial data layers

  • Registered Bores have been split into two groups, Current and Historical. Both layers may be used for the Quick search entry tool. To search other bore layers: 1. make the layer active, 2. click the search tab in the table of contents.
  • Water Resources > Water Management > Water Beneficial Uses –data update.
  • Land Resources > Landunits > Landunit 50k – added new data Soil Suitability Dunmarra Area.  For survey details, refer to Land Resource Survey Index > Finer Scale.
  • Land Management > Pastoral Districts layer added.

18 July 2019

Know your bore desktop tool

  • New layer selection function in desktop client.

Spatial data layers

  • Basemaps > new layer Google Hybrid – combines Google Satellite and Google maps layers.
  • Water Resources > Water Management > Water Beneficial Uses – data update.
  • Vegetation Resources > Mangroves > NT Mangroves 100K– data display updated (review legend).

20 June 2019

Know your bore mobile tool

The exclusive Know you bore mobile client tool is now live.

You can view the tool on either on your tablet/iPad or mobile phone. You can even add it to your devices 'Home' screen, to make it 'look' like an app!

Spatial data layers

  • Water Resources folder > Water Management Areas – Overhauled Water management area layers.
  • Flora and Fauna > Flora Atlas > Introduced Flora – new ‘Weeds Database’ search option.
  • New NT Government internal ‘Move your bore’ layer to assist in bore location correction.


  • Map tips added for Cadastre (land parcels). Click the tool to turn on. Hover the mouse over a parcel to view summary details. Click the tool to turn off.

Know your bore tool

  • This new web tool displays bores that may be at risk of running dry in the 2019 dry season in the Darwin rural area. All bores in the NT are searchable and contain a link to the bore report.
  • Water Resources folder > Bores > Bores with Dry Risk: this new layer displays bores that may be at risk of running dry in the 2019 dry season in the Darwin rural area.
  • Water Resources folder > Bores > NT Bores: details from the Bores with Dry Risk layer were added to the NT Bores layer, including; Dry Risk Rating, Bore Risk Class, Date of assessment 8 April 2019, Web link for more information, Name of the Darwin Rural groundwater resource.
  • User guide to describe how to review the new layer, Bores with Dry Risk.

4 March 2019

Spatial data layers

  • Water Resources folder > Water Management Areas - new NT Sinkholes layer (removed Katherine sinkholes 50k layer).
  • Water Resources folder > Water Management Areas > Darwin Rural Groundwater Systems – new search queries.
  • Surface Water Drainage > Catchments – New Sub-catchment layer.
  • Weed dataset now references a new Spatial Management Database.


  • All layer folders are now unticked. Open the folder and tick a layer – ascending folders will automatically turn on. Cadastre layers and Basemaps Coastline remain turned on.
  • Default start Tool is now 'Pan' instead of 'Zoom In'.
19 February 2019
  • Surface Water Drainage folder restructured - Drainage Lines are now vector and layers are searchable.
  • Water Resources folder - new subfolder Water Licensing: new layers Surface Water and Groundwater Water Extraction Licence (replacing Bores – Water Extraction Licence layer).
  • Land Management folder - Updated Unzoned and Pastoral Clearing Permits layers.
  • Land Resources folder - Updated Land Resource Survey Index layer; Updated Landunit 100k compilation layer.
  • New tool - Identify Visible Layers based on Selected Feature.
  • Edit tool - Changed selection tools rectangle selection instead of circle selection.
  • Fixed scaling issues in Cadastre and Landform layers.
24 January 2019
  • Added Strata and Water Sample Areas in Water Resources > Water Management Areas folder.
  • Added Land Resources of Auvergne Station to Land Resources > Landunits > Landunit 100k folder.
  • Updated Land Resource Survey Index > Land Resources folder.
  • Fixed KML data export error.
  • Improved map zoom-in to scales < 1:1000.
  • Applied System patch

11 December 2018
  • Added Slope greater than 2 percent (red) layer in Land Management folder.
  • Added Water Resource Report Index in Water Resources folder.
  • Added map loading bar at bottom left corner to indicate NR Maps system is 'working on something'.
  • Fixed scaling issue in ‘Data Export’ function, max scale is now 1:600,000.
6 November 2018
  • NR Maps rebranding and associated web pages updated.
  • Added Acid Sulfate Soil Risk layers in Land Resources folder.
  • Added Emergency Response Area layer in Bushfires NT folder.
  • Added Burn Permits layer in Bushfires NT folder.
  • Added NT Bores Water Extraction Licence layer in Water folder.
  • Restructured Land Resources and Land Management folder.
7 September 2018
  • Added Stream Order layer.
  • Added Declared Areas (Soil Conservation Act) layer.
  • Smoothed Land Resource Survey Index Polygons to increase map loading performance.
  • Weed data update.

9 August 2018
  • Weed data update.
  • Water Allocation Plan layer update.
  • Added Pastoral Clearing Permits layer.
  • Enhanced Land Clearing Permits layers search functionality.
  • Improved Print Map layout.
29 June 2018
  • Added Survey Benchmark layers.
  • Added Graticule layer.
  • Google map available in Print Map function.
4 May 2018
  • Added Darwin Rural Area Groundwater Systems layer.
  • Vegetation Data update.
  • Land Data update.
18 April 2018
  • Updated Land Resources Survey Index layer data structure.
  • Added Land Assessment Project Layer.
  • Weed Data update.
14 February 2018
  • NR Maps application upgrade to version 2.5.
  • New Google Maps, Google Satellite, Open Street Maps as background map options.
  • New layer filter function on the table of contents, to quickly find a layer.
  • New right click on the map function which brings up a new context menu including; identify, coordinate window, zoom previous\next, clear selections.
  • New Spatial Select, under the Function Menu which allows you to select features from one layer based on the existing selection of another layer.
  • Larger buttons for expanding and contracting the table of contents and Data frame.
  • Search, Legend and Links tabs have been moved to a concertina structure instead.
  • Cadastre has been included without a fill. This means that you won't necessarily have to switch to the orange outlined cadastre when using imagery.

30 November 2017
  • Added Land Use Mapping 2016 layer.
25 August 2017
  • Split Land Resources Survey Index layer in Broad and Fine Scale layers to increase map loading performance.
20 July 2017
  • Launch new NR Maps Web Map Service (WMS).
14 July 2017
  • Added Water Beneficial Use layer.
9 June 2017
  • Updated Flora Atlas data structure.

Last updated: 10 November 2020

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