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2014 AIG Annual General Meeting and Election of Councillors

The 2014 AGM was held in Brisbane on the 8th April.   The seven nominees for Council were elected unopposed with the unanimous support of members attending the meeting.

We welcome two new councillors:

  • Katarina David (NSW)
  • Adrian Diaz (Qld)

Katarina and Adrian were elected at tonight’s meeting along with five returning councillors:

  • Ian Neuss
  • Mike Erceg
  • Steve Sugden
  • Anne Tomlinson
  • Graham Teale

The new and returning councillors join the following continuing councillors to form the 2014-15 AIG Council:

  • Heather Carey
  • Wayne Spilsbury
  • Jonathan Bell
  • Martin Robinson
  • Andrew Waltho
  • Kaylene Camuti

Welcome to all this year’s councillors and looking forward to an enjoyable and productive year ahead.

Two long-serving councillors stepped down at this AGM:

  • Doug Young
  • Michael Edwards

Doug and Michael have been highly valued members of AIG Council and they will be missed.  Doug has served as an AIG Councillor for over ten years, for many of those years as the Chair of the Membership Committee and a member of the Education Committee. Doug has long been an advocate of increasing the involvement of Graduate members in the AIG and has been instrumental in setting up AIG’s new National Graduate Committee.

Michael has also been an AIG Councillor for several years, much of that time as the Chair of the Ethics and Standards Committee, while also the Chair of the NSW State Branch Committee.   Michael has played a critical role in helping AIG expand its professional networks and technical training opportunities so we’ve become better positioned to provide services to our broader membership.

While Doug and Michael may be stepping down as Councillors, AIG will continue to benefit from their skills and commitment.  Doug will be continuing as a member of the AIG Education Committee and the Queensland State Branch Committee, and Michael will continue in his role as Chair of the Ethics and Standards Committee and with his involvement in the NSW State Branch Committee.

Kaylene Camuti

Early Career Geoscientist Support to Attend AESC 2014

AIG’s New South Wales Branch is offering to support early career geoscientists to attend the Australian Earth Science Convention (AESC 2014) to be held in Newcastle NSW in July this year.

The AESC will be the largest gathering of geoscientists in Australia in 2014 and offers a very wide range of scientific themes as well as exciting Plenary speakers, a stimulating   Public Forum on the Monday evening and two major symposia (visit the AESC 2014 website: for more information about the convention).

To be eligible for assistance you need to be an early career geoscientist, a member of AIG, and resident in New South Wales.  Preference for support will be given to younger members who are currently unemployed or who are unable to obtain funds from their current employer. Support is expected to cover the registration fee and a portion of attendance costs, with remaining expenses to be met by the member. Actual benefits will be determined after applications close.  Interested members should download the eligibility criteria and the application form and at  The closing date for applications is 31 May 2014.

Only a limited number of members can be supported and assistance will be granted based on the merit of the applications.

8 April 2014

Coal Guidelines Review

An exposure draft of the Australian Guidelines for the Estimation and Classification of Coal Resources has been released for public comment.  The guidelines have been produced by a volunteer committee of industry representatives as a revision to the 2003 edition of the guidelines that were originally published by the Coalfield Geology Council of New South Wales and the Queensland Resources Council.

The exposure draft is available here.

Public comments are now invited.  To submit a comment click here.  Comments close COB Wednesday 7 May.

If you work with Coal Resources, you are encouraged to take a look at the exposure draft.

AIG will be preparing a response to the review.  AIG members are invited to provide any comments on the proposed guidelines to Andrew Waltho who will coordinate the AIG response and will provide feedback to members contributing to the response’s development.  You can also join a discussion of the guidelines on AIG’s Linkedin group.

Andrew Waltho
8 April 2014

Rio Tinto gets behind secondary school mining education

1 April 2014

Rio Tinto has launched a new online “education portal” to help students learn about the mining industry in a contemporary way.

The SMART portal, which stands for “Study, Mining and Rio Tinto”, has been launched in secondary schools near Rio Tinto’s Australian operations and will extend into other key countries where the company operates.

The portal features a teachers’ centre containing lesson plans, presentations, worksheets and case-study materials to suit 12 to 16 year-olds learning science, technology, engineering and maths. Lessons take their inspiration from facets of our business, including minerals and their end uses, mining and processing techniques, exploration, new technologies and the environment.

“SMART gives us an opportunity to engage with our potential employees of the future at an early age,” Jen Bayley, principal adviser, Brand Management and Communications with Rio Tinto, says. “It is also a way for us to introduce students to the exciting and diverse career opportunities in mining.”

Find out more via the SMART portal.