It's Heart-Bypass Time! Jock Gillfillan had a single at North Shore and yours truly went for the double (with half pike and twist) at The San, both on Wednesday the 12th December Jock went home yesterday (18th) and I got home today. We're both powering along. Thanks for all the e-mails and phone calls. Neither Margaret or Libby is prepared to let either of us go on the Harbour Cruise! And, to complete the Trifecta, Geoff Derrick, in an unashamed attempt to steal what little of my limelight was left after Jock's effort, had a new high-tech carbon heart valve installed. All this was quite inevitable; the reduced number of geology graduates means that the old ones have to be refurbished. We are the turbo-charged Old Brigade! Life is full of little adventures whereas the alternative has none at all. Watch your Health!
(Announced 23 October 2001)
The Premier of NSW, Mr Bob Carr and Minister for Mineral resources, Mr Eddie Obeid today announced 160 Department of Mineral resources jobs will move from Sydney to Maitland in the Hunter. Mr Carr made the announcement in response to a Question Without Notice from Country Labor MP for Maitland, Mr John Price. "These are jobs going to where they are best suited and where they are needed most." Mr Carr said. "The move will have a fantastic spin-off effect. "These 160 families will spend their pay packets in local restaurants and shops. "They will buy their lunches and clothing from Maitland businesses and employ local tradespeople for repairs around the home," Mr Carr said. The move by Department of Mineral Resources is the latest initiative in the State Government's comprehensive program to move government jobs and services to regional and rural NSW. Since June 1995 the Government has created more than 1,900 government jobs outside Sydney and relocated more than 1,000. "The moves by the Department of Mineral Resources highlighted the State Government's commitment to relocating Government jobs to regional and rural areas," Mr Carr said. Since April 1995, the State Government has relocated or is in the processing of relocating a number of government departments and agencies.
This announcement deserves a response and comments are called for, for the Comments Page. Certainly the two exploration geologists left in Sydney in 2004 will be disappointed.....
at the Malaya North Sydney Friday, 7 December 2001 at 12.15 pm Good turnout - about 25 enthusiasts - see you next year!
Thursday, 6th December 2001 - Vince Gauci - Managing Director - MIM
The Victorian Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences, the Minerals Council of Australia and the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists held a GEOPHYSICAL FIELD CAMP & SOFTWARE WORKSHOP Flyer (.pdf) Here November 19th to 30th, 2001 Monash University, Victoria Program and Enrolment
26 - 27 November, 2001 Burswood Convention Centre, PERTH.
Wednesday 28th November 2001
WEDNESDAY 28 November 2001
Wednesday 14th November, 2001. New Data from
Venue: School of Geosciences Edgeworth David Building - University of Sydney Further details can be found in the newsletter and on the Division's web page Please note that the Honours Student Night will take place on the 28th November but more details will follow in the next couple of weeks.
The Sullivan Mine is closing after nearly a century of production. Samples of its folded and finely banded ore may be collected at the closing party. November 9th and 10th Kimberley, B.C.
DATE: Thursday November 1st 2001 TIME: 12:30pm SPEAKER: Dr Phillip Hellman of
VENUE: The Tattersalls Club, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney Dress - Tie and jacket no longer required but let's not forget who we are.....
DATE - Tuesday, 30th October 2001 TIME - 7:30 for 8:00pm - Drinks available SPEAKER - Steve Collins VENUE - Apple City Motor Inn - Bathurst Road, Orange TOPIC - "A Geophysical History of the Discovery of the Tritton Copper Deposit - Girilambone NSW"
via Yerranderie - Historic Ag-Pb-Au Mining Town 140 kilometres in 8 days. No comforts. No care. No responsibility. Was departing Katoomba on Saturday, 20th October, 2001 Peter Mewkill, the Mystery Organiser, and great mate to many of us, died on Wednesday, 17th October, 2001, aged 60 years. He was step-weight training to lead the Walking Tour. Peter's Farewell was held at 10am, Thursday 25th of October, at the Leura Memorial Gardens in the Blue Mountains. Please send in any "Mewkill Anecdotes" covering his early days at RMIT, Australian Groundwater Consultants, McPhar Geophysics, Geoquest, the early electrical surveys, Pacminex at Cudgegong, the move to solo magnetics and gravity, the Selwyn-Starra days, Georgetown FNQ Glory, the Iranian Adventure, the US tours, contracts with Amoco, Cyprus, Getty, Delta and the many other exploration groups he worked with. Text and image contributions are being used to build Peter's Page
Dr Peter Gunn - "PREDICTION OF FACIES, STRUCTURE AND MINERAL AND PETROLEUM PROSPECT LOCALITIES IN SEDIMENTARY BASINS, RIFTS AND ELSWHERE BY RECOGNISING AND MAPPING LARGE, MAGNETIC INTRACRUSTAL INTRUSIONS RELATED TO MANTLE PLUMES AND CRUSTAL EXTENSION" Wednesday, 17th October, 2001
Special Venue: Senate Room, Council Building, Macquarie University To be preceded by a tour of the Macquarie University Sculpture Park guided by renowned Australian sculptor, Errol Davis at 5 pm (meet at Gallery Building E11A - see map in the newsletter) Pre-meeting drinks at 5.30 pm Non-members welcome. The newsletter, with details, may be downloaded from the
DATE: Thursday October 4th, 2001 TIME: 12:30pm SPEAKER: Julian Malnic - Nautilus Minerals Corp CEO VENUE: The Tattersalls Club, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney Dress - Tie and jacket no longer required but let's not forget who we are..... TOPIC: "Metal Mining in the Deep Blue Sea!"
AusIMM & IEAust 21st September 2001
GSA NSW Division - NEXT MEETING Wednesday, 12th September 2001, 6 pm - Joint meeting with the Hunter Valley Branch
"Discovery of the Anvil Hill Coal Deposit " Special Venue: Room GG04 Geology Department University of Newcastle Pre-meeting drinks at 5.30 pm The newsletter, with details, may be downloaded from the NSW GSA Web Site
DATE - Wednesday September 12th TIME - 5.15 for 6.00pm SPEAKER - Craig MacDougall - Exploration Manager - Australia Noranda Pacific Pty Limited VENUE - The Theodore Club Level 1, 333 Adelaide Street, BRISBANE TOPIC - "The Lady Loretta Pb-Zn Project NW Queensland Analysis of an Opportunity"
Sydney Mining Club - Mark Cutifani - MD - Sons Of Gwalia
"The Use of Pearce Element Ratios in Lithogeochemistry" Dr Cliff Stanley (Arcadia University, Canada) UNSW and the NSW-ACT student chapter of the Association of Exploration Geochemists Thursday 23rd August 9.30 am - 12.00 pm Room 701 School of Geology University of New South Wales
"Terroir - the Relationship between Geology, Soils, and Wine" (includes wine tasting) Venue: School of Geosciences - Edgeworth David Building - University of Sydney Pre-meeting drinks at 5.30 pm RSVP is necessary for the wine tasting. The newsletter, with RSVP details, may be downloaded from the GSA Web Site
DATE - Monday 13th August 2001 TIME - 5.15 for 6.00pm SPEAKER - Dr Greg Corbett VENUE - The Theodore Club Level 1, 333 Adelaide Street, BRISBANE TOPIC - "Pacific Rim Epithermal Gold Mineralisation" Notice: JORC Meeting held Tuesday 7th August 5.30pm for 6.15p at the Irish Club, Speaker was Pat Stephenson.
The Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists is holding its 15th Geophysical Conference and Exhibition in Brisbane, 5-8 August 2001.Visit ASEG for all details
Meeting: Thursday, August 2nd, 2001 Kevin Wills, CEO - Flinders Diamonds
The Australian Geoscientist Skills and Employment Advancement Network (AGSEAN) is a Western Australian-based volunteer group dedicated to improving the employment prospects of geologists. Training, skills-updates, networking.
University of Sydney, School of Geosciences, Edgeworth David Building F05. Pre-meeting drinks at 5.30 pm. Non-members welcome. The newsletter can also be downloaded from the GSA Web Site
Site Environmental Management Issues in a Sustainable Minerals Industry DUBBO 4 - 6th July 2001
'Phone: 02 9267 6488
Kerin Mary Donovan
Kerin (Hall) Donovan passed away on Wednesday, July the 4th, 2001. Kerin's funeral was held at 1.30 pm on Tuesday, 10 July at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Bradleys Head Road, Clifton Gardens. A Memorial Service was also held for Kerin in Manila. Kerin, a very capable geologist, was part of SMEDG for many years and, while resident in Sydney, attended most of our meetings and events. She battled cancer courageously and was very grateful for the excellent hospice care she received in the Philippines over the last few years before returning recently to Victoria . Kerin is missed by her many friends and colleagues and we extend our sympathy to her family.
Meeting: Thursday, July 5th, 2001 Jacob Rebek from Rio Tinto
was held on Friday 29th June 2001
Blues Point Wharf 12.50pm Man-O-War Steps (Opera House) 1.00pm "MV Radar" $44 Great weather, food and drinks excellent, great crowd of 75, good time had by all. Thanks Dave and Golden Cross for the organising. It was an unrestrained day, some of us had the wobbly boots on before even reaching the Malaya!
DATE - Tuesday 19th June, 2001 TIME - 5.15 for 6.00pm SPEAKER - Darryn Hedger VENUE - The Theodore Club Level 1, 333 Adelaide Street, BRISBANE TOPIC - "Using Uncertainty in the Mineral Discovery Process to Assess Exploration Risk"
AusIMM Technical Meeting David Cohen - UNSW INNOVATION IN EXPLORATION GEOCHEMISTRY 13th June 2001
DATE - Tuesday 12 June, 2001 TIME - 7:30pm Drinks available SPEAKER - David Price VENUE - Apple City Motel Bathurst Road - Orange TOPIC - Exploration of the Nabila Gold Project, Viti Levu, Fiji
GSA NSW Branch - Meeting Wednesday, 6th June 2001, 6 pm Dr Brendan Murphy (St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia) Mantle Plumes, Mountains and Mineralization Venue: CSIRO Minerals Laboratories Riverside Corporate Park, Delhi Road North Ryde Pre-meeting drinks at 5.30 pm The newsletter can also be downloaded from the Divisional web site: Click Here
Annual General Meeting & Dinner Wednesday, 30th May 2001 Milton, Brisbane, Sunny Queensland
21 - 22 May 2001
Catherine Foley - "Use of HTS for Geophysical Aplications - A Review" Wednesday, 16th May, 2001
May 4 - 13, 2001
Sydney Mining Club Notice Bob Besley & Jim Wall - Consolidated Broken Hill 3rd May 2001 Competition #3 has been won by Kaylene Camuti (1st correct entry) with Sam Lees a close second. The rest of you are far too slow! For those interested, the entry point is at the bottom of the Diversions Section so you can practice for Comp #4.
Cay Mims has joined the SMEDG Committee to redress the blokey imbalance. Cay, geologist and mother, will provide a link to the Women in Mining Group and is warmly welcomed aboard.
Mineral Explorers - A Gathering of the Clan Friday April 27th, 2001.
GUEST SPEAKER: DR DON EMERSON AM "QUO VADIS EXPLORATOR"
What is this talk about? Will Dr Don Emerson emulate John Hines with an enthralling, rasping review of the classic 1951 movie? (probably not!). Will the Quo Vadis GPS street level, moving map, palm computing system be demonstrated? (doubtful). Could there be a link to the Quo Vadis offer of golf and car hire in Portugal? (does not seem likely, though Steve would be interested). Will you discover where are you going as an explorer? Could we discover the future of exploration in Australia? By clever application of ancient, medieval and modern references, certain telling truths will emerge, and lives will be enriched. Phone home, delay dinner, organise the baby sitter and be there! Wednesday, 18th April, at the Rugby Club, Level 2 Rugby Place. Time: 5.30 for 6.00 pm
Wednesday, 11th April 2001, 6 pm Dr David Whitford- (CSIRO Petroleum) "Strontium Isotopic Evolution of Seawater: some Recent Developments on an Old Theme" Venue: CSIRO Minerals Laboratories, Riverside Corporate Park, Delhi Road, North Ryde. Pre-meeting drinks at 5.30 pm. The newsletter may be downloaded from the GSA NSW divisional website
1938 - 2001
Reminder Notice The 41st Sydney Mining Club Forum April 5th 2001 at 12.30 p.m. @ Tattersalls Club Presents Bendigo Mining MD Doug Buerger on The Bendigo Bonanza!
Detailed analysis of our industry by the MCA and Pricewaterhouse-Coopers. Of note: Exploration expenditure down by 26%, direct employment down by 8%, forecast to be 9% lower next year, but partly offset by a 6.5% increase in contracted labour. About $48 million, or 8.4% of the total $572 million spent on Australian exploration was related to native title issues. This is expected to increase if/when the backlog of applications clears. (It's a .pdf file, about 30 seconds to download. Click this banner if you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Monthly Meeting, Wednesday, 21st March 2001. TIM PIPPETT - "Geophysics in the Shallow Regime". Level 2, Rugby Club, Rugby Place, Sydney, 5.30 pm for 6 pm. And for the future: Don Emerson - "Quo Vadis Explorator?"...... More details on the ASEG NSW link above.
March 11-14, Toronto, CANADA.PDAC Web Site
The Australian Geodynamics Cooperative Research Centre (AGCRC), Geological Survey of New South Wales (GSNSW), Australian Geological Survey Organisation (AGSO) and Fractal Graphics will hold a 3 day workshop in Orange (7th - 9th March 2001) to present results of their recent work in the Eastern Lachlan Orogen.
Friday 2nd March, 2001. Billion-year Earth History of Australia & Neighbours in Gondwanaland.
Geological Society of Australia Meeting: Wednesday, 21st February 2001, 6 pm Dr Joanna Parr (CSIRO Exploration and Mining) A review of hydrothermal activity in the southwest Pacific - Is this the tip of the iceberg? New venue: CSIRO Minerals Laboratories. Riverside Corporate Park, Delhi Road, North Ryde Pre-meeting drinks at 5.30 pm. Details from GSA (NSW Branch)
Letter from Kaylene Camuti - AIG Queensland Branch Click here to read IT MATTERS TO EVERYONE!
RAY EVANS & IAN PLIMER