27 January 2020

10 Year Service Medal for MAPS Members

The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Justice and Community Safety Directorate and the ACT Emergency Service Agency recognises the service of volunteers.

Members receive ten year Service Awards annually.

MAPS founder Steve Forbes awarded SSSI Professional of the Year 2015

As many of you would know by now, our very own Steve Forbes was awarded SSSI Professional of the Year 2015 at Locate 2015 in Brisbane.


This is the most prestigious of the SSSI annual Australasian Awards and follows on from Steve’s award of SSSI ACT Professional of the Year. On behalf of the MAPS Supervisors, I congratulate Steve and extend our thanks to SSSI for this recognition, not only of Steve, but of all the spatial professionals who work in Emergency Management. This award is even more special given the quality of the field for the awards this year. I personally know two of the three other candidates and they are both exceptional people who have made outstanding contributions to the spatial sciences.


Attached is a copy of the citation for Steve’s ACT award which then followed through to the Australasian Awards.


Frank Blanchfield

Supervisor, 2015

MAPS awards - Esri International 2009

In July 2009 MAPS were awarded the 'Special Achievement in GIS' award at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) lnternational GIS User Conference (UC) in San Diego. 


This award was for the excellent work performed by MAPS members with Victoria Police during the Victorian Fires.

As a result of this work, MAPS has received a significant amount of exposure through presentations, conferences and national forums.


MAPS awards - Attorney Generals Dept -ACT Safer Communities 2009 

The team has also been recognised for the outstanding support to Victoria during the bushfires by being awarded an ACT 2009 Safer Communities Award, in the Voluntary Category.

This exposure has led to MAPS being added to a number of national organisation's Emergency Management Plans