Australian jurisdictions still use metes and bounds in describing boundaries of administrative areas such as local government areas, schedules of proclaimed areas, park proclamations and other boundaries that are required to be described in a government gazette.
Spatial Vision recently developed metes and bounds descriptions as part of a redistribution of the Queensland state electoral boundaries for the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ). As well as providing maps for the redistribution, Spatial Vision was tasked with preparing metes and bounds descriptions of the new electoral division boundaries.
Different geographical, administrative and cadastral features are used to define the divisional electoral boundary. The features include physical features such as roads, watercourses, canals, shorelines, waterbodies and even ridgelines. Administrative boundaries included local government areas, localities and cadastral parcel boundaries.
The end product saw feature details placed into a list with appropriate connections between clauses that can be interpreted as a single paragraph describing the metes and bounds.
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