Queensland branch news and events

Bruce Carey Award Applications

Each year the Queensland Branch confers the Bruce Carey Award to a Branch member for outstanding effort in promoting and raising the awareness of soil science in Australia via activity with Soil Science Australia and the wider community. Electronic applications must reach the Queensland Branch Secretary by 22 July.  Please complete the application and submit with your application to the branch secretary at qld.secretary@soilscienceaustralia.org.  It is the responsibility of the person submitting the application to confirm receipt of the application with the Branch Secretary.

Bruce began his career as a Soil Conservation Extension Officer with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries in 1971. He carried out this role in Millmerran, Goondiwindi, Emerald and Toowoomba before moving to Brisbane in 1988. His heart remained in extension and he continued his career as a science communicator in soils and land management. Bruce gave many soil related talks to community organisations. He was well-known for his ability to present complex information about soils in an interesting (and often humorous) manner. Over his career Bruce made an amazing contribution to promoting soil conservation in Queensland for which he was a well-deserved recipient of the LJH Teakle Award in 2014.

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2019 AGM minutes

The 2019 Queensland Branch Annual General Meeting minutes are available for download here.

Virtual Tour Western Tour with Dr Andrew Biggs CPSS

Dr Andrew Biggs CPSS is a pedologist and soil surveyor based in Toowoomba with the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. He has spent 30 years mapping and studying the soils and landscapes, in particular southern inland Queensland. His areas of expertise include salinity investigation and risk assessment and the role of soils in ecological studies.

Andrew presents a virtual tour through some of the soils and landscapes of southern inland Queensland.

Annual Ron McDonald Memorial Lecture

The Ron McDonald Memorial Lecture was established as a tradition to honour the late Ron McDonald.

Ron McDonald passed away in 1989 at the age of 53 but not without touching many people’s lives along the way. Ron played several essential roles in the Queensland Branch … to most he was the guru of pedology, to others he was a willing counsellor, trainer, leader and motivator.

Ron’s career began in 1964 when he joined the Agricultural Chemistry Branch as a soil surveyor. In 1965 he was sent to Emerald to assess the irrigation suitability of lands for the Emerald Irrigation Area. In 1970 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study soil survey methodology in the Netherlands. This allowed him to visit a number of eminent pedologists in Europe and he returned to Australia with a great desire to improve the quality of soil survey. After eight years in Emerald, Ron was transferred to Brisbane to supervise the rapidly expanding soil survey team. During the early 1980s Ron led a team of authors in the preparation of the ‘bible’ of soil survey, the ‘Australian Soil and Land Survey Field Handbook’. This is still the standard handbook for the characterisation of landforms, soils and vegetation throughout Australia.

Ron was an active member of the Australian Society of Soil Science, being President of the Queensland Branch in 1977/1978. His real love was field pedology and he was enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge on Queensland soils.  Ron’s 25 year career in pedology had a tremendous impact on the quality of soil survey carried out across the State.

Soil Science Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future.