Developing Site Plans for Projects

If projects include an on-ground works component then a site plan must usually be submitted with the application. NACC has created an on-line mapping tool to assist this task for their Coastal Devolved Grants. Please follow the instructions below to create and print a site plan.

It may be possible to tailor this tool to assist in the development of site plans for additional funding rounds, particularly those that are ongoing (e.g. those offered on an annual basis). Please contact NACC’s GIS Coordinator for more information.

Alternatively you can create your own ArcGIS free online account to create a map tailored to your individual project. For more information or to sign up, visit Esri ArcGIS Online free personal account.

  • Click on the map below, or open a full page map by following the link below the map.
    The map opens with an example of a site plan for a coastal rehabilitation project. To view the Legend, select the Legend icon on the toolbar at the top of the screen. To view descriptions of map features, click on the feature.
  • With the cursor on the map, use zoom in/out and click-and-drag controls to locate your project site and zoom in so that it fills the screen.
  • Select the Edit symbol (scissors) on the toolbar at the top of the screen. The Edit Toolbox will appear on the right of the screen.
  • Start your map by drawing the outline of the Project Site Area; select this icon from the Edit Toolbox and then move the cursor onto the map. Follow the cursor instructions to draw a polygon that outlines your project area, double click when you finished.
  • A dialogue box will appear allowing you to enter project details such as project name and description. Once completed, close the box by clicking on the top-right cross. To re-open the dialogue box double click on the Project Area polygon. If you wish to alter the polygon, click on delete in this dialogue box and start again.
  • Use the technique described above to add features to your Project Site as follows:
    • Project works area – e.g. outlining revegetation/brushing areas;
    • Project line – e.g. fencing, pathways;
    • Project point – e.g. signs, seats. Complete the dialogue box for each feature.
  •  To calculate areas and distances, click on the Measure tool (ruler) on the toolbar. In the Measure Toolbox on the right, click on the area or length icon and select the units of measurements. Use the cursor in the same way as for drawing and make note of the relevant measurements appearing in the Measure Toolbox. Selecting the Location icon will display the co-ordinates of the cursor on the map.
  •  This map includes information on Registered Aboriginal Heritage Sites (pink hatching) and other Aboriginal sites for which information has been recorded (blue hatching). If your project site intersects with either of these areas please make note of the affected site number for future reference.
  •  When complete, use the Print icon in the top toolbar to print the map for submission with your application. A link to the map can also be sent to others by selecting the Share icon.

Aboriginal Heritage Site Search

If your project site map (e.g. created via the procedure above) indicates your project site may intersect with a Registered Aboriginal Heritage Site (pink hatching) then you must include in your application details of the affected Heritage Site. To do this please follow the instructions below.

  1. Open the Aboriginal Heritage Inquiry System by clicking on this link.
  2. In the “What do you want to do?” box select the option “Find Specific Registered Sites” from the drop-down menu, then select “ID” from the next drop-down menu. Enter the site number recorded from your Site Plan map and click “Go!”
  3. The site details will appear in the Search Results box, click on “Printable – all results” to open a printable version of the site details (Note: your internet browser must be set to allow pop-ups, and it may be necessary to open your browser’s Downloads folder to retrieve the document).
  4. Print the site details and submit them with your application. If your project is selected to receive funding, NACC staff will assist you to undertake consultation with Aboriginal representatives as part of the project.

You can create your project area map directly in the map above, or in a full page map.


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