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Residents in southern Nova Scotia now have better access to land
information, all from one location. A new Land Information Centre
officially opened for business today in Bridgewater, also marking
the completion of property mapping for all of Nova Scotia.

The Bridgewater centre will be a valuable resource for planners,
resource managers, farmers, woodlot owners, recreational
enthusiasts and other users of geographic data. It is housed with
the Regional Assessment Office and the Lunenburg County Registry
of Deeds in a newly constructed  building on Logan Road.

"Whether you are working on the land or enjoying the outdoors,
land information is a useful tool," Jim Smith, housing and
municipal affairs minister, said at the official opening of the
new offices. "We have now completed property mapping for the
entire province, a project which started back in 1974."

The Department of Housing and Municipal Affairs is responsible
for land information in Nova Scotia. Its goal is to provide easy
and timely access to land-related information to support the
management of Nova Scotia's land and water resources.

Aerial photographs, property maps, national topographic maps and
provincial base maps are a few of the products and services
available through regional Land Information Centres in Halifax,
New Glasgow, Sydney, Lawrencetown and Bridgewater, and through
the Geomatics Centre in Amherst.

Recoveries from the sale of geographic information products and
services are directed into the Nova Scotia Map Fund. Work is
contracted out to the private sector for the further acquisition
and development of provincial geographic data.


Contact: Michelle Whelan
         Housing and Municipal Affairs

         Valerie George
         Land Information Centre, Bridgewater

trp                   June 4, 1997 - 2:20 p.m.