Australia on the move, 7cm north-east

AUSTRALIA is shifting north-east at the rate of seven centimetres a year, with Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan announcing the nation's mapping co-ordinates are being updated.

"This is the first update to the mapping co-ordinate reference frame for more than two decades and has moved Australia's co-ordinates approximately 1.8 metres to the north-east," Mr Canavan said.

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said she was surprised to learn that Australia sits on the fastest-moving continental plate on the planet.

"To put that in a Central Queensland context, we have moved more than 11 metres north-east since Rockhampton was established in the late 1850s, over half the length of a cricket pitch," Ms Landry said.

"Since Aborigines first arrived in this region some 50,000 years ago, Australia has moved about three-and-a-half kilometres.

"In fact, at its present speed, all of Australia will be north of the Tropic of Capricorn in just 30 million years, massively changing the geography of the entire region," Ms Landry said.

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