About Westprint Maps
What is Westprint?
Westprint is an Australian family business making maps of Outback Australia. Established in 1984, Westprint also distributes Australian books and maps from other Australian Publishers. Westprint specialises in mapping in specific areas rather than state or local borders. Maps include the Canning Stock Route, Oodnadatta Track, Birdsville Track, and Gunbarrel Highway to name a few.
There are in stock approximately 1000 different titles. The focus of Westprint maps is to provide clear and easy to read maps for 4WDers and travellers. The focus of their books is non-fiction Australiana.
Westprint maps feature informative text on the reverse side of the map to let travellers discover the history, the environment and things to see and do in the area. Requests by travelers for more information than could be included on a single map sheet prompted us to stock a range of books not generally available through main stream bookstores. Included in the Westprint range are guide books, historical books, limited editions, books about natural history, wildflowers and exploration.
Westprint mainly trades through outback stores and businesses. Westprint staff have all travelled and lived in remote and rural Australia and feel most at home in the bush. They understand the advantages and disadvantages of running a business in a remote area and will try to make sure businesses in the bush are catered for. Ways of doing this include:
- Small orders – there is no minimum quantity of goods to be ordered. You can order 1-100 of any item and orders can be mixed to include as many different items as you require.
- Phone service- we do not have a queuing system for phone calls where callers are automatically placed on hold. When you ring, the phone will be answered – usually by the person who will pack your order. If the lines are busy or the office is unattended please leave a message with your name and number. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.
- Returns. When Westprint publishes a new map any old editions that were purchased directly from Westprint can be returned and will be replaced with new editions.
Who are the people at Westprint?
John and Bev Deckert were farmers before establishing Westprint Maps. John developed the first tourist map ever produced of the Simpson Desert in 1986 followed soon after by maps of the Birdsville, Strzelecki and Oodnadatta Tracks. He has an immense wealth of knowledge about outback Australia and although semi-retired still enjoys making and updating maps.
In 1996 Graeme and Jo Ussing opted for a career change to Westprint to nurture their interest in travelling and 4WDing. Graeme’s skill is to take a ‘concept’ and move it through to the completed project; usually maps and other publications. Graeme is responsible for managing the Westprint business. Jo Ussing worked for many years in outback Australia. Identifying the need for a broader range of information Jo is now responsible for much of the text on Westprint maps. She has also been instrumental in developing the Friday Five newsletter into a popular information sharing resource.
Carolyn Blackwood has been with the company for the past few years and although she doesn’t like to, is invaluable in holding the fort when everyone else goes bush. Carolyn is responsible for all the admin work and any shortfalls in her geographical knowledge are more than compensated for by her friendly cheerful personality.
The Westprint Dream
To help people achieve their dreams of travelling in this great country called Australia. To encourage people to travel responsibly and cautiously. To encourage people to respect and look after our fragile environment and heritage while enjoying its beauty and significance.
The Westprint Mission
To provide Australia’s most comprehensive range of quality outback information. To ensure prompt delivery of products purchased to any part of the world in an efficient, reliable and cost effective manner. To provide polite, friendly and helpful service, value for money and genuine client satisfaction.
Westprint publishes a free e-newsletter each week. Subscription is available to both shops and individuals. The newsletter can be used to promote any activities in your area.