New Northwest Queensland Regional Seismic Traverse Available

New Northwest Queensland Regional Seismic Traverse Available

The Geological Survey of Queensland announced the release of the final processed sections of the recent deep crustal seismic reflection survey at this year’s Digging Deeper 2015 seminar.

Line 14GA-CF1 was acquired in 2014, beginning at Longreach and running along major roads through Winton, Kynuna and Julia Creek before ending just north of Fourways for a total line length of 670 km.

NW Qld Seismic Traverses

Line 14GA-CF1 was acquired in 2014, beginning at Longreach and running along major roads through Winton, Kynuna and Julia Creek before ending just north of Fourways for a total line length of 670 km.

Funded from the Greenfields Prospectivity Initiative, the survey was conducted to improve the understanding of the crustal architecture in the region, as well as promoting greenfields exploration in northwest Queensland.

Images and SEG-Y files of both the migrated and stacked section can be downloaded from DNRM’s online data delivery system QDEX Data now (not available in Internet Explorer).

Processing is ongoing for lines 14GA-CF2 and CF3, with an expected public release date of final SEG-Ys by May 2016. However, we are making the raw unprocessed data available now so that companies can do their own processing of the data in areas they consider to have high exploration potential. The raw data for 14GA-CF1 is also available for reprocessing.

For further information on the Deep Seismic program, or if you require help to obtain deep seismic data in Queensland, contact the geophysics team at

Queensland’s Chief Government Geologist Retires

Brad John, Chief Government Geologist since 2011, will retire at the end of 2015.  His retirement was announced in the Geological Survey of Queensland’s December Geoserve newsletter, although advertisements seeking to fill the role of Chief Government Geologist first appeared several months ago.

Brad has given his working life to the GSQ, starting as a cadet in 1969, and working his way up to his present position, gaining his BSc and MSc in geology and an MBA in management.

Brad John

Queensland Chief Government Geologist Brad John

Brad has provided the GSQ with strong leadership and executive oversight to better understand Queensland’s geology, resources and resource potential. He has also helped to build strong partnerships with industry through the Queensland Exploration Council and within government through Trade and Investment Queensland, Geoscience Australia and Austrade.

Brad had a significant impact on the GSQ’s geoscience programme and structure.

AIG extends best wishes for his retirement and future endeavours.

Queensland Exploration Data Centre Expansion Plans

The Queensland Geological Survey’s Exploration Data Centre at Zillmere in Brisbane’s north and the John Campbell Miles Drill Core Facility at Mount Isa hold valuable drill core and cuttings collections from over 9000 boreholes. The facility is used by industry, universities, researchers and Government scientists.

The Zillmere centre was built in 1979 and has reached capacity. $5m was allotted to expand the current facility in the Geological Survey of Queensland’s Future Resources Program Budget (2013 to 2016).

Land has become available as a result of machinery of government changes and closures adjacent to the existing facility.

The Department of Housing and Public Works have been appointed as project managers and AECOM Australia was commissioned to complete the Predesign and Schematic design phases. Tenders were called from suitable qualified companies in August this year and the tender to design and construct the new facility was awarded to Northbuild Constructions Queensland in mid-December 2015.

The expansion is due for completion in mid-2016. The new facility will have the capacity to hold over 3000 pallets of drill core and cuttings in high rise racking and should approximately double the current EDC storage capacity. The building has an expected life of about 15 to 20 years until it will also reach capacity.


Services available at Zillmere include:

viewing and sampling core and cuttings
HyLoggingTM core (supported by XRD if needed)
assistance with lodging or locating material and lodging analysis results
facilitation of training activities.

From the Geological Survey of Queensland’s Geoserve Newsletter, December 2015

Unlocking Australia’s hidden mineral potential

Stage 1 of AMIRA International’s “Exploration Under Cover – A Roadmap” delivered a consensus view from key stakeholders on what needs to be done if Australia is to find yet undiscovered mineral wealth in areas of cover.

A copy of the outline of Stage 1 is available here.

Stage 2 will complete the industry and geological survey organisation funded Roadmap originally proposed by AMIRA to implement the UNCOVER vision.

AIG has been asked to continue as a sponsor of Stage 2 of AMIRA’s Exploration Under Cover project.  Members interested in the project may leave comments here or on AIG’s Linkedin Group page.

Geoscience Australia Minerals Forum

Geoscience Australia have made the presentations from the recent Minerals Update Forum, held in several cities around Australia, available on the GA web site.

Richard Blewett, Branch Head Mineral Systems, Resources Division, Geoscience Australia thanked members who attended the fora for their participation.

Geoscience Australia publish a monthly email newsletter of minerals activities.  Click here to subscribe to the newsletter.  The link will open the current edition of the newsletter.  The subscribe button is on the left hand side of the page.

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Project Evaluation 2016

The AusIMM’s Project Evaluation 2016 conference is presenting a conference built around a theme of ‘Good Practice and Communication’. This theme is intended to stimulate discussion around the importance of good practice for decision makers as either developers of, or investors in, mineral projects. 

The conference will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, 8-9 March, 2016

Project Evaluation 2016 is the fourth in a series of conferences that commenced in 2007 in Melbourne. This conference series provides a professional forum for personnel responsible for undertaking technical assessments and valuations of mineral properties and projects and those who rely on them for nancial decision-making as developers or as investors.

The Project Evaluation 2016 conference Organising Committee is partnering with the VALMIN Committee to build an exciting conference program for the mineral project evaluation and valuation communities.

The peer-reviewed conference program will focus on recent advances, highlighting past problems and sources of error, the management of opportunity and risks as they relate to the preparation of mineral project evaluations and valuations.

What are the benefits of attending?

  • Hear over 25 technical papers presented over two days
  • Participate in a dedicated VALMIN Code panel discussion
  • A strong program with an emphasis on technical excellence
  • Network with your fellow industry professionals
  • Address issues and relevant challenges faced by the mineral project evaluation and valuation communities.

The conference brochure is available here.  The brochure includes the provisional conference programme and list of papers, and details of pre- and post-conference workshops on 7 and 10 March.

AIG members are able to register for the conference at the AusIMM member rate.  Registration details are included in the conference brochure.

AIG joined AusIMM as a parent body of the VALMIN Committee and compliance with the VALMIN Code is required of all AIG members.

The conference is generously supported by the following sponsors.
VALMIN 2016 Sponsors

Brownfield Exploration: Deep and Meaningful

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Brownfields Exploration: Deep and Meaningful will be presented by AIG and in Kalgoorlie in 2016 will feature a day of technology overview talks and a day of case studies. By juxtaposing with Diggers and Dealers we would hope to attract a wide audience including those domiciled outside Australia.


Possible eld trip and mine visits are scheduled on the 27th and 28th July 2016, around the Kambalda and Kalgoorlie area. Additional information will be released soon.

If you wish to submit a paper, please send the name of the senior author and speaker, a working title and a paragraph explaining the paper (this paragraph will not be published) to Deadline is 1st December 2015.

Submissions of formal abstracts will be required by 14th May 2016. Abstracts should have at least one illustration.

The seminar first circular is available here.  Please contact us if you are interested in sponsorship or exhibiting or click here to register online.

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Employment opportunity: Interpretation Manager & Curator @ Kronosaurus Korner Board Inc.


This position is based at picturesque Richmond, situated 500km west of Townsville on the banks of the Flinders River. The Shire of Richmond is approximately 26,000 square kilometres in the heart of Queensland. Richmond is a hive of activity during tourist season (April to October), and there are numerous weekend activities from sporting meets to dance balls to dinosaur fossil digs.

A large recreational lake is used for water sports while the numerous park areas provide cool grassy spots to rest awhile. The surrounding region has all the beauty and dramatic landscapes of the outback.


The Position

The Interpretation Manager and Curator actively undertakes the collection, preparation, interpretation and display of local fossils in order to improve the ability of the centre to attract visitors. The Curator will work closely with Council and other agencies to secure the long–term sustainability of the centre through promotions, public activities and applications to granting bodies. The Curator will actively encourage local community involvement through liaison, fieldwork activities and educational services.

The Curator will provide high standard scientific information to the public through cooperation with the Queensland Museum and the development and presentation of education, display and collection projects. The Curator will be expected to participate in professional development activity agreed with the Richmond Shire Council’s CEO.


The Person

The successful applicant will be assessed on communication, displays personal drive and integrity in achieving outcomes for the position, supports strategic direction and supports productive working relationships.

Essential qualifications include, Degree in Biology, Vertebrate Zoology, Palaeontology or Geology from a recognised tertiary institution, or equivalent academic qualifications.


The Remuneration

Will be based on skill, knowledge and experience over a two year contract agreed between the Kronosaurs Korner Board Inc. and the successful applicant.


Further Information

The specific application documentation and Position Description for this vacancy can be found on Kronosaurus Korner website or Richmond Shire Council’s employment webpage at For further information on this position or information about Richmond please contact Megan Carrigan on telephone (07) 4741 3277 or email or visit the above mentioned websites.

Click and download the flyer here.


Closing Date

The closing date for applications is: 9am Friday 11 December, 2015.
Please send your application form along with your resume (including at least 2 referees) to:

Peter Bennett
Kronosaurus Korner Board Inc.
C/- PO Box 18, Richmond Q 4822
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