Geoscientist employment: Western Australia at a glance

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Funding for the WA Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) to be terminated 

There has been considerable commentary over the past year that the WA Government would cease the funding for the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS).

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) is concerned that termination of the EIS will have a catastrophic effect on the capacity of the GSWA to promote and develop the mineral potential of WA for the benefit of all West Australians. Fifty percent of the EIS funds are currently directed to the Co-funded Exploration Drilling program and 50% is used to generate pre-competitive information such as gravity data, aeromagnetic surveys, EM surveys, seismic surveys and specialized geological reports, maps and 3D geological plans.

Click here for further details of the proposal and what AIG members can do to support AMEC’s efforts to preserve the EIS.

Migrating sand dunes pose potential risks to roads, homes and infrastructure

Dune having covered coastal access road just north of Green Head, Western Australia

A Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) report has identified that migrating sand dunes, up to 4 km wide and 20 m high, pose potential threats to roads, homes and infrastructure in the State’s Mid West.

While the report – Migration of Limesand Dunes in Western Australia and Their Impacts – has just been released, the information has already been presented to a number of State and Local Government agencies.

DMP Project Manager Mike Freeman, a key contributor to the report, has stressed that mobile dunes move very slowly over many years, but could cause serious problems if not monitored and kept in check.

DMP has presented the information and engaged with Local Government authorities in the Mid West, including the Shires of Gingin, Dandaragan, Coorow, Carnamah and Irwin, and the City of Greater Geraldton.

Find out more from the WA DMP web site.


Mid West WA Geotrail Proposal – have your say!

The Batavia Coast Maritime Heritage Association has initiated plans to establish a Mid West WA Geotrail and is seeking community input.

batavia-coast-png WA’s Batavia coast, centred on Geraldton and Shark Bay

This area possesses a remarkable array of geological landscapes and rock and mineral formations. These include some of the oldest rocks at Jack Hills (dating back 4.4 billion years) to some of the youngest, with fossilised reef formations perched along our coast from just ~10 thousand years ago when sea levels were higher than at present. Banded iron-formations inland, ancient marine ammonite beds, glacial deposits, dinosaur bones, copper, lead and other ores, garnet dunes and stunning landscapes add even more to the geodiversity of the region and the reasons to establish a Geotrail.

How can you help? The Batavia Coast Maritime Heritage Association will convene a meeting of interested individuals and organisations in early 2017 to discuss this proposal and all interested parties are invited to attend. To find out more download this brochure.

Western Australia Field Guides

Earth Science Western Australia (ESWA) has commissioned John Bunting to write Geological Field Guides to Western Australia.

Two guides have been published:

  • A Field Guide to Perth and Surrounds
  • A Geological Field Guide to the Capes Region of Southwest WA

A third guide on the Western Australia Goldfields is currently in production.

ESWA PERTH_cover_c1A Field Guide to Perth and Surrounds is an A5, 110 page, spiral bound volume that covers six geologically significant locations in detail and in full colour. Featuring an overview of the geology of Perth, detailed descriptions at each locality and a comprehensive glossary, this guide is designed to make your geological excursions easy and enjoyable.

Free student booklets can be downloaded for each location from the field guides section of this website.  Assistance with school excursions to any of these localities can also be arranged through contacting ESWA.

A Geological Field Guide to the Capes Region of Southwest WA is designed to assist readers in exploring  the geology of the stunning Capes Region of Southwest Western Australia.  With an overview of the remarkable geology of the region, as well as detailed walking tours for seven localities, it is a must for any enthusiast visiting the southwest.

ESWA SW_Field_Guide_Front_CoverIt is a follow-up to the highly popular ‘A Field Guide to Perth and Surrounds’, which is reputed to be ‘the ideal template for future field guides to follow and to be benchmarked agains’ (Greg McNamara, The Australian Geologist, 2012). This guide is set to be a popular reference for teachers, field naturalists and tourists to the region

Copies of ‘A Field Guide to Perth and Surrounds’  and ‘A Geological Field Guide to the Capes Region of Southwest WA’ can be purchased via ESWA’s online shop, powered by PayPal (you can pay via credit/debit card without having a PayPal account).

Don’t forget that ESWA’s textbook, Exploring Earth and Environmental Science, ia available to purchase on line from the ESWA website.  ESWA also produces a range of resources for secondary teachers of Earth and environmental sciences.

For further information about ESWA publications contact Jo Watkins