Casual Council Vacancy

Regretfully, John Sykes has resigned as a Councillor. John wishes to devote his time to his role as an AIG mentor in Western Australia. Sincere thanks are extended to John for his work on Council, where he provided wise counsel on a number of issues.

The casual Council vacancy has been filled by Peter Smith. Peter is a Fellow of the Institute, based in Victoria and was a candidate for Council in the recent election.

Welcome Peter!

AIG Annual General Meeting

The AIG Annual General Meeting was held in Brisbane last night (14 May, 2019) at the Transcontinental Hotel. The meeting was attended by 25 members. Five members also submitted proxies for the meeting.

Andrew Waltho, stepping in for AIG President Mike Erceg who was unable to attend due to work commitments in Papua New Guinea, chaired the meeting and presented a summary of AIG’s status and issues on which Council had been focusing on over the past year. A copy of Andrew’s presentation is available here, along with Mike Erceg’s President’s report and the Treasurer’s report prepared by AIG’s Treasurer Tim Pippett.

The results of the election to fill seven Council regular vacancies were announced. There were fourteen candidates for the seven positions available. The successful candidates were:

  • Wendy Beets
  • Rod Carlson
  • Robert Findlay
  • Sophie Hancock
  • Leah Moore
  • Dale Simms
  • Andrew Waltho

These councillors are eligible to serve until toe 2021 Annual General Meeting.

In addition, there were two casual vacancies available that Council elected not to fill at the most recent Council meeting and were, therefore, open to be filled by a vote of members at the AGM. The meeting unanimously resolved to appoint the two candidates with the next highest number of votes in the Council election to these positions.

As a result:

  • David Andreazza, and
  • Beau Nicholls

will join the Council until the 2020 AGM when the positions they have been appointed to would normally be declared vacant, in accordance with Clause 27(a) of AIG’s Constitution.

Members were also asked to vote on a resolution to accept proposed changes to AIG’s Code of Ethics. 96% of members who lodged valid votes agreed with the proposed changes and the members attending the AGM unanimously endorsed this result.

623 valid votes were received from eligible members.

The proposed changes are effective immediately.

The new Council for 2019-2020 is:

  • David Andreazza*
  • Wendy Beets
  • Rod Carlson
  • Matthew Cobb*
  • Katarina David*
  • Robert Findlay
  • Sophie Hancock
  • Patrick Maher*
  • Leah Moore
  • Beau Nicholls*
  • Timothy Pippett*
  • Dale Sims
  • John Sykes*
  • Andrew Waltho

Councillor’s names followed by * are eligible for re-election in 2020.

Congratulations to both our new and returning Councillors and thanks to those members who participated in the election and attended last night’s Annual General Meeting.

It was announced that Julian Vearncombe had agreed to accept the role of Chair of AIG’s Ethics and Standards Committee, replacing Jacqui Coombes. This is a very important role in AIG’s efforts to continuously improve professional practice by members.

The Annual General Meeting concluded with questions from the floor, dealing with AIG’s on-line membership application system and the status of considerations to appoint a CEO to manage AIG business.

The AGM was followed by a Queensland Branch technical talk: Development in understanding of the Tritton-Girilambone Cu District: Resolving hydrothermal mineralisation in multiply-deformed rocks presented by Travis Murphy of CSA Global.

AIG Council Meeting 14 Nov 2018

These notes are provided for AIG members to foster engagement and transparency in AIG activities.  They do not comprise the minutes of the meeting.  Questions and comments are welcome.  Please contact any Councillor (listed on the back page of each issue of AIG News or Lynn Vigar, AIG Executive Officer (

Meeting Summary

Memberships for members who have not renewed for 2018-19 will lapse 31st December 2018. Any members who are unsure of their membership status can search their details on the AIG website. If your details do not appear, you are currently unfinancial and your membership will lapse. Please contact the secretariat office ( or Lynn Vigar, AIG Executive Officer ( to resolve this situation.

The Australian Geoscience Council Convention (AGCC 2018) held in Adelaide during October operated at a small surplus. AIG is an AGC member society and contributed to the organisation of the convention.
Some 19 new applications for membership were approved.
Three applications for professional registration are in preparation for consideration when Council meets in December.

Council is aware that potential membership applicants, in rural and remote areas of Australia in particular, experience problems with obtaining supporters for applications. Please contact the secretariat office ( or your state branch committee if you are in this situation.

Council approved the renewal of AIG’s dedicated Edumine Campus. AIG Graduate Members, Members and Fellows subscribing to the campus have access to a suite of high quality, on-line, self-paced professional development materials and webinars at a special enrolment fee. Council is also discussing using the Edumine platform to enable self-paced courses developed for and by AIG members to be delivered to a global audience using the Edumine platform. Edumine is moving to a “micro-accreditation” model under which individual, short, courses collectively contribute to broader recognition of continued professional development activities. Council endorse this concept, in preference to single, more lengthy courses that busy professionals may struggle to complete, and for which individual models may not address professional development objectives. All Edumine courses may be claimed by Registered Professional Geoscientists towards their annual CPD requirement.

Representation of individual sectors of the geoscience profession was discussed by Council in response to a Member’s letter expressing concern that geoscientists working in the public sector require better representation. Please contact the Secretariat ( or any Councillor to participate in this discussion. AIG aims to represent all professional geoscientists working in industry, government, research and education in Australia.

The next Council meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 2018, and Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  Submissions for the January 2019 meeting should be received by January 2,  2019.

Annual General Meeting

AIG’s Annual General Meeting for 2017 will be held in Perth 17th May prior to the MEGWA meeting at the Irish Club, Subiaco.

An election for half of the Council positions will be held by electronic polling prior to the meeting.  Nominations for Council close 10th April.

AIG Members and Fellows are eligible to nominate for the Council positions.

Nomination forms are available via the membership portal.


Council Election Result

The results of an election to fill seven AIG Council positions was announced at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting in Perth this evening.

The following members were elected to Council:

  • Timothy Craske
  • Katarina David
  • Mike Erceg
  • Patrick Maher
  • Timothy Pippett
  • Anne Tomlinson
  • Andy Wilde

The special resolution to adopt a new Constitution for the Institute was overwhelmingly supported by members.

Mr Phil Lewis of Elections Australia Pty Ltd, Sydney, was the Returning Officer for both polls.

Congratulations to our seven newly elected and re-elected Councillors.