Change of Contact Details for BBGG Secretary

Please note that the BBGG Secretary, Danique Bax, no longer works for New Hope Group, and has taken a new position at RPM Global.  Please update the contact details used to touch base with the BBGG to dbax@rpmglobal.com.  All future emails will come from this address, so it is recommended you confirm that your spam filters don’t send future BBGG emails to junk mail.

Join the Coalfield Geology Council of New South Wales for a Coal Quality Workshop

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The Coalfield Geology Council of New South Wales is facilitating a Coal Quality Workshop presented by Professor Colin Ward of the University of NSW.

When: Friday 15 July 2016
Time: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Where: Tocal Agricultural Centre, Paterson Rd, Tocal, NSW
Cost: $300 (including GST & Lunch!)

Further details can be found by clicking here.

Workshop registration can be completed by emailing the Coalfield Geology Council of NSW at admin@coalfieldgeologycouncilnsw.org

BBGG Website Credentials

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At the end of 2015, the BBGG website was migrated to a new platform, which caused all of our existing website registrations to effectively be cancelled.  You should have received an email from the BBGG tonight (22/05/2016) with your updated website credentials.

If you have not received this, your details may be out-of-date on the BBGG mailing list.   The easiest way to remedy this is to resubscribe now to ensure you keep in touch with BBGG news and industry updates, and are able to access member-only information on this website..

We apologise for any inconvenience.  Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us if you have any problems or further questions.

Successful 2015 Bowen Basin Symposium – “Bowen Basin and Beyond”

The Bowen Basin Geologists’ Group hosted the 5 yearly 2015 Bowen Basin Sympsoium at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 7th – 9th October 2015. After 3+ years of planning more than 550 delegates and 41 exhibitors attended the event over the 3 days. In addition the event hosted 100 school students from Brisbane and South East Qld studying Earth Science who were able to hear from industry and research personnel and visit trade displays.

The 2015 Symposium had a packed technical and social programme including keynote speakers, workshops, research presentations, “Icebreaker” meet and greet and a Gala Dinner featuring Winter Olympics gold medallist Steven Bradbury as MC for the evening. 40 technical papers from a range of topics relevant to the coal industry were selected to present at the event. Of those that presented at the Symposium University of Qld PhD student Laura Phillips won best presentation for her work “Rationalising the Late Permian coal seam stratigraphy of the Koburra Trough, Galilee Basin”. For her efforts Laura won a magnificent framed photograph featuring Hancock Gorge in Karajini National Park (Western Australia). This prize was kindly donated by MD Geology. The research papers have now been collated and published in the 2015 Bowen Basin Sympsoium event proceedings volume.   The Keynote Address presentation “King Coal” by Emeritus Professor Ian Plimer is now available for download via the BBGG Website (see Publications tab to the left).

Despite the current industry downturn the event received great support from a wide range of sponsors which enabled event registration costs to be kept as low as possible making it one of the best value conferences of 2015. This was reflected in the strong attendance numbers from both Queensland and NSW based delegates and consequently was a great networking opportunity. The Symposium committee wishes to thank the event sponsors and exhibitors, paper reviewers, workshop and research presenters, hardworking volunteers and all those who contributed to making the event a success over the 3 days. In addition the support of the Coal Geology Group (Geology Society of Australia), AUSIMM Geoscience Society, Australian Institute of Geoscientists is gratefully acknowledged. The next Bowen Basin Symposium will be held in 2020.

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Earth Science Students Visiting Geophysical Logging Truck Trade Display at the 2015 Bowen Basin Symposium

2015 Leichhardt Award

The Leichhardt Award was conferred on Professor Joan Esterle at a dinner at Heritage Village, Rockhampton. The award dinner followed the first day’s proceedings of the  joint ACARP-BBGG meeting recently held at Central Qld University on 7-8th July, 2015. The award recognises Joan’s longstanding contribution to advances in coal geology research through her association and leadership within BBGG / ACARP / CSIRO and the University of Qld.  As an educator Joan has been a “teacher, coach, mentor, trainer, guide, challenger, advisor and gentle-cajoler to an innumerable number of students and coal geologists during her career in Queensland”. Her 2015 Leichhardt Award citation is as attached.

Many thanks to ACARP, Central Qld University, Velseis, Geoconsult and the Coal Geology Group for their continued support of this event.

 Previous winners of the Leichhardt Award are listed below:

  • 2001 QCAT CSIRO Exploration and Mining Division (meeting held at, and award made at Maraboon Tavern, Emerald)
  • 2003 Gary Fallon (meeting held at CQU Gladstone, award made at Gladstone Sailing Club)
  • 2005 John Draper (meeting held at CSIRO QCAT, award made at St Lucia Golf Course)
  • March 2007 Peter Goscombe (meeting held at CQU Rockhampton, award made at Rockhampton Heritage Village)
  • July 2009 Lance Grimstone (meeting held at CQU Rockhampton, award made at Rockhampton Heritage Village)
  • July 2011 Jim Beeston (meeting held at CQU Rockhampton, award made at Rockhampton Heritage Village)
  • July 2013 Andrew Willson (meeting at CQU Mackay, award made at BURP Restaurant Mackay)