Types of Council Maps

Every Council manages a variety of assets and services throughout their jurisdiction. This page identifies some of the more common types of information that is appropriate for presentation on Council websites.

Map Layers

The table below categorises information into map layers. Each map layer identifies geographic features of a particular type. The 'Map Layer' column identifies map layers into groupings. The group names are identified in bold and the layer names are indented. The 'Metadata' column identifies supplementary information that pertains to the features of the layer. The 'Shape Type' column suggests the most appropriate way to present the features on a map.

Map Layer Metadata Shape Type
Council Services:    
Garbage collection
Garbage Type, Schedule Polygon
Street cleaning
Schedule Polygon
Garbage disposal centres
Address, Contact Details, Open Hours Point
Development:    
Private development applications
Address, Applicant, Application State, Description Point
Council development plans
Location, Development State, Description Point
Facilities:    
Council offices
Address, Contact Details, Open Hours Point
Libraries
Address, Contact Details, Open Hours Point
Pools
Address, Contact Details, Open Hours Point
Community centres
Address, Contact Details, Open Hours Point
Child care centres
Address, Contact Details, Open Hours Point
Aged care centres
Address, Contact Details, Open Hours Point
Hospitals
Address, Contact Details, Open Hours Point
Schools
Description, Address, Contact Details Point or Polygon
Getting Around:    
Parking zones
Restrictions Polyline or Polygon
Car parks
Restrictions, Current Occupancy Point or Polygon
Traffic cameras
Webcam Point
Train lines
Title Polyline
Train stations
Title Point
Sport and Leisure:    
Playgrounds
Description Point
Parks
Facilities and Features Polygon
Beaches
Facilities and Features Point or Polygon
Sporting fields (ovals, courts, golf courses, etc)
Facilities, Features, Open/Closed Status Polygon
Sporting equipment (fitness equipment, skateboard ramps, etc)
Facilities and Features Point
Tracks (walking, cycleways, etc)
Description, Difficulty Polyline
Events
Description, Location, Schedule, Cost Point
Issues:    
Grafitti
Description, Location Point
Litter
Description, Location Point
Property damage
Description, Location Point
Noise
Description, Location Point
Bill posters
Description, Location Point
Tourism:    
Points of interest
Description Point
Information centres
Address, Contact Details, Open Hours Point


Useful Combinations of Map Layers

Often it is useful to have several types (or layers) of information on a map simultaneously. There are many possible useful ways to group layers. The most obvious way is to select layers of a particular group. Sometimes, however, it is useful to have layers of different types available on the same map. For example, for a map showing event information, it may also be useful to show relevant public transport information.