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Australasian Groundwater Conference 2017 – Save the Date


The 2017 bi-annual Australasian Groundwater Conference is being convened by IAH and UNSW in Sydney, 11-13 July, 2013.

The theme for the conference will be Groundwater Futures: Science to Practice.

An engaging three-day event is planned that will enable delegates to examine the multi-dimensional challenges affecting the sustainable development of the regions groundwater resources.

Engaging panels, informative presentations, exhibitions and networking opportunities will engage the over 300 delegates from Australasia’s groundwater research, industry, and management and policy organisations.

2017 AGC Abstract themes:

  • Emerging Groundwater Initiatives
  • Groundwater Science and Future Innovations
  • Interdisciplinary Groundwater Problems
  • Groundwater Resources and Climate Change
  • Energy and Groundwater
  • Groundwater Quality and Human Health

Abstracts will open December 1 2016 and close March 1 2017.

Keynote, plenary presentations and panel sessions will include climate change and groundwater resource challenges, energy futures, social license to operate and future directions and innovation in groundwater.

Stay tuned for the launch of the AGC2017 website.

Best regards,

Dr. Wendy Timms                                           Chris McAuley
AGC2017 Conference Chair                         IAH President

Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) Queensland member Mr Adrian Day was welcomed with many open arms in Cambodia in December 2015, as he proudly delivered 40 cartons of geological textbooks to the Institut de Technologie du Cambodge (ITC) in Phnom Penh.

Adrian has tirelessly collected over 400 books and journals including a valuable set of Economic Geology complete from 1970 to 2015. The books and journals were based on Adrian’s own library supplemented by donations from AIG members. In the photo, Adrian (back row 5th from left) is flanked by John Menzies (An expatriate Brisbane geologist based in Phnom Penh and representing CAMEC – Cambodian Association for Mining and Exploration Companies) (back row 4th from left) and Mr Sothan Nuth, Deputy Director of ITC (Back row 6th from left). The rest of the party are academics from the Geology Department at ITC.

CAMEC generously assisted the process by sourcing US$1,000 to freight the 600 kg pallet from Brisbane to Phnom Penh. Adrian was individually presented with a certificate of appreciation for all his efforts, and AIG Queensland Branch was recognised with their own certificate pictured below. Congratulations to Adrian.

If there are any members wishing to donate geological text books to the cause, contact

The re-launched AIG Journal is here!

The journal provides a forum for publishing papers, reviews and short notes dealing with any aspect of applied geoscientific research and practice.  Publication of this journal forms part of AIG’s commitment to supporting the ongoing professional development of its members and promoting the roles of geosciences and geoscientists in society, both within Australia and internationally.

There are two parts to the revamped publication:

  1. AIG Journal itself;and,
  2. AIG Notebook – specifically for the publication of short notes covering any aspect of technical or professional issues and practice.

A more detailed description of the journal and instructions for authors are available from the journal web site  You may enter the URL directly into your web browser or follow the link on the AIG web site home page.

The journal currently has a four person editorial panel:

Tracie Burrows
Tracie has been a member of the AIG since 2001, she is an RPGeo (Mining) and is Geology Manager / Principal Geologist with AMC Consultants Pty Ltd.

Tracie commenced work in the early 1990’s in exploration. By the mid 1990’s she transitioned to mining, working as a mine geologist and specialising in technical computing, which morphed quickly into geological modelling and mineral resource estimation. Tracie has 15 years on site, in base metals, hard rock tin and gold, and has worked from underground mine geologist through to Geology Manager. She has a further eight years in consulting across underground operational reviews, project development, resource estimation and public reporting.

Phil Carello
Phil is geologist with 30 years experience in mineral exploration, mining geology and petroleum exploration.  He has also worked in the financial sector and information technology industry.

Phil’s exploration and mining geology experience spans a range of commodities including nickel, gold, iron ore, copper, and base metals in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, working for junior, mid-tier and major resource industry companies.  Phil graduated from the University of Western Australia and is a member of AIG, GSA, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, the Australian Drilling Industry Association and AGIA, the Australian Geoscience Information Association.

Nick Rollings
Nick is currently a Senior Fellow/Associate Professor in the School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.

Nick is a geoscientist with over 25 years’ experience in mineral exploration, natural resource management, geospatial information systems, teaching and research.  Nick specialises in the application of GIS, remote sensing and associated geospatial technologies to mineral exploration, natural resource management and cultural data management.

Andrew Waltho
Andrew is a geologist with more than 30 years experience in exploration and mining geology spanning a range of commodities in both Australia and overseas.  He is currently Chief Geoscientist Energy and Minerals with Rio Tinto Exploration’s Project Generation Group, based in Brisbane, where he leads a small, global team working on new coal, uranium, unconventional petroleum, heavy mineral sands, potash, lithium, borate and other industrial mineral opportunities.

Andrew is a Fellow of both AIG and AusIMM, a Registered Professional Geoscientist in Exploration and Mining, a past-President of AIG and a current member of the Institute’s Council, and Chairperson of the Institute’s Publication committee.  Andrew is also a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).

The editorial panel will seek the assistance of members to assist with the review of papers to ensure the quality of the journal and welcomes expressions of interest from members willing to assist.  The journal is archived by the National Library of Australia.

There will be no publication schedule for papers and notebook articles.  Papers will be published on-line as soon as the review and revision process is completed.  There are also plans to produce a print version of the journal annually, comprising all papers published on-line during the year.

The objective is to provide members with a means of publishing high quality contributions to applied geoscience practice in Australia and internationally and represents another AIG Council initiative to deliver value to members.

There are some new faces on Council and revised roles for 2016-2017

The AIG Council usually meets every two months by teleconference.  The first Council meeting following the AGM is the one time that Council meets face to face to provide an effective means of dealing with important strategy and governance issues, as well as learning more about their colleagues who they will be working with remotely throughout the remainder of the year.

Executive Committee

Mike Erceg was unanimously appointed as AIG President for 2016-2017.  Mike is a Brisbane based consulting exploration geologist.

Wayne Spilsbury, past President, was appointed Vice President.  Andy Wilde will take on the role of AIG Secretary and Peter Lewis will continue as Treasurer.

Committee Chairs

Michael Edwards: Ethics and Standards
Anne Tomlinson: Membership
Sam Lees: Registration Board
Tim Craske: Complaints
Kaylene Camuti: Education
Andrew Waltho: Publications
Jonathan Bell: ROPO Board Representative
Wayne Spilsbury: Professional Issues
Mike Erceg: External Relations
Tim Pippett: AIG Service Award
Genna McDonough: National Graduate Committee
Heidi Pass: National Mentoring Programme Committee

AIG’s representatives on the JORC Committee are Chris Cairns, Jacqui Coombes, Graham Jeffress and Stuart Masters.

AIG’s VALMIN Committee Representatives are Jonathan Bell, Deborah Lord, Matthew Greentree and Jeames McKibben.

Councillors attending the AIG Council Meeting in Perth recently (from left to right): Tim Pippett, Doug Wiles (secretariat), Tim Craske, Martin Robinson, Kaylene Camuti, Anne Tomlinson, Andrew Waltho, Patrick Maher, Mike Erceg (President), Lynn Vigar (AIG Executive Officer), Robert Findlay, Wayne Spilsbury (Vice President), Peter Lewis (Treasurer), Katarina David and Jonathan Bell.  Not pictured Andy Wilde (Secretary).


The Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) have agreed to make their journals available to members through their respective web sites.  

Future issues of the European Geologist Journal will be promoted by AIG via the Institute web site and email newsletters.  The European Federation of Geologists will link to AIG Journal and AIG News from the Federation’s web site.

The initiative will help to promote the work of both AIG and EFG to wider audiences, with benefits for both members and authors.  Issues facing geologists in Europe and Australia differ considerably.  The May 2016 issue of the European Geologist Journal is a thematic issue on how geology can contribute to sustainable development.

Please enjoy the journal.  We’d be really interested in your feedback, which will be passed on to EFG.