Release notes

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

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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.

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2019 updates

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

2018 updates

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.

2017 updates

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: 19 September 2019


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