December is upon us! Very best wishes for the Festive Season from the Queensland Regional Committee and Staff to our Queensland Members, and friends throughout SSSI! The office will close on Wednesday 22nd December 2011 and reopen on Monday 9th January 2012 for us all to have a well-earned break and to fire up for the coming year.
We said a sad farewell to Tamsin in our last issue, but this issue, we welcome Kellie Davidson to take her place. Kellie has a long list of achievements in managing successful events in a voluntary capacity, and looks forward to applying her skills and experiences in the professional field. Kellie’s position is part-time (four days per week), and she’ll be in the office from Monday to Thursdays.
Watch for Kellie’s CPD Report in the SSQ January Issue. We’re preparing a packed program of events for next year, including a combined Northern and Central Group Conference, a new series called BITE (wide ranging spatial topics from Business, Infrastructure, Technology and Environment perspectives), and a Back to the Basics of Titling for our surveying members. We’ll welcome your ongoing input to the program – your comments and suggestions!
Queensland Regional Committee recently found itself with a few casual vacancies: Rob Bischof and, Steve Healy retired from the QRC, and in their places, Adella Edwards from Townsville and Graham Jensen from Cairns, were invited to fill the vacancies. Graham is the new Northern Group Chair, and Adella returns after a break of two years from the QRC. We now have a Hydrographic representative, Owen Cantrill, who is also on the national Commission. We warmly welcome them to the QRC.
Watch out for the next issue of Spatial Science Queensland out in early January. It will be uploaded to the website in the week beginning 9 January, packed with news of the end of year events, the NZ SSC Conference, new Queensland Fellow, and a great feature article on past mining tenure. The author, Rex Hutchison, says ‘Mines both surface and underground, mine shafts including capped mine shafts and petroleum wells all have significant impacts on the land and will continue to affect the land long after mining operations have ceased. It is extremely important that all mining activities that continue to affect the land after mining has ceased are drawn to the attention of all future land users’. Don’t miss it!
PS We love to hear from members! If you have any comments, reports, interesting news of events or members of our Queensland spatial community, please let us have them by 16 December.
The Qld YP will meet at the Groove Train, King George Square on 7 December for their annual Christmas Party. Find the details on the Qld Events Calendar!