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    • Tuesday, June 25, 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000
    • 40

    Geography in Conversation

    Speakers: Mr Ian Thomson, Ocean Crusaders; Ms Cip Hamilton, Plastics Campaign Manager, Australian Marine Conservation Society; Dr Nasim Amiralian, Group Leader of Bio-inspired Materials Research and Chair of the Gender Equity and Diversity Commission at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland.

    Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats affecting both our terrestrial and marine environments. New research from the University of Toronto in Canada and CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, estimates that up to 11 million tonnes of plastic pollution is currently sitting on our ocean floor. This is the first estimate of the amount of plastic wastes that end up in the ocean [CSIRO] and further research has concluded that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050 (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2016). Australia is also a major contributor to the global plastic problem as one of the largest waste producers in the OECD (UOW). Australians were predicted to consume more than 1 million tonnes of short-life plastic by the end of 2023 [BTN], very little of which gets recycled (UOW). Join us at our next Geography in Conversation on ‘A Plastic Problem’ to learn more about Australia’s current plastic issues and solutions being implemented from Ocean Crusaders and Australian Marine Conservation Society’s representatives.

    Date: Tuesday 25 June 2024

    Time: 5:30 pm: light refreshments – doors open @ 5:15pm 

               6:00 – 6:30 pm: Presentations

               6:30 – 7:30 pm: Q&A Forum

               7:30 – 8:00 pm: Mingling 

    Place: Gregory Place, Level 1, 28 Fortescue St. Spring Hill 

    The Q&A Forum will include both on notice questions and questions taken live from the audience. If you wish to attend the event, please register with us and send us your on-notice questions about the topic on We will be sharing these questions to our speakers before the event. For questions about the event, please email us on Light refreshments will be provided.

    Cost: $5.00 for refreshments, included in registration. 

    Cost: $5.00 Members; $10.00 Non-Members; $5.00 Students 

    Image: Muntaka Chasant, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons;

    • Thursday, June 27, 2024
    • 7:45 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Gatton
    • 5

    Treks & Activities Event


    Hidden Vale Wildlife Research Station, located in Grandchester, is a remarkable hub for scientific exploration and conservation which plays a pivotal role in advancing our understanding of Australian ecosystems and safeguarding native wildlife.

    University of Queensland Gatton Campus  combines the rural traditions of its Queensland Agricultural College heritage with innovative research and teaching facilities in agriculture, animal science, veterinary science and the environment.

    Dr Gurion Ang, Director of Engagement & Advancement, School of the Environment, U.Q. will join us on the visit. We are travelling by bus.

    WHEN     Thursday  27th June  2024

    TIME and PLACE OF DEPARTURE: Please indicate when booking:

    • A)     NORTH  SIDE. Arrive at 7.45 for 8.00 am departure from Bus Stop 27  at 15 Park Avenue, Clayfield (near Eagle Junction station). Car parking in streets.
    • B)      SOUTH SIDE.  Arrive at 8.15 for 8.30am departure from Brittain Park, near 172 Troughton  Road, Coopers Plains. Car parking available.


                Arrive 10.00 am at HIDDEN VALE for a facility tour and MORNING  TEA  (provided)

                11.30 Depart Research Station for U.Q. Gatton Campus.

                12.15 Lunch at UQ Gatton Campus Dining Hall for Buffet Lunch (provided)

                13.15 Guided Tour of the Campus. Meeting some academic staff and students and learn more about what they do at UQ Gatton.

                14.30 Mystery to solve  “Why are my lettuces  dying?”

                15.30 Depart  Gatton

                 Arrive Coopers Plains approx. 17.00 and then Clayfield approx. 17.30

      COST (including morning tea and buffet lunch): MEMBERS $80, NON-MEMBERS  $90

      30  Registrants. Register and Pay by FRIDAY 31 MAY 2024 

      Participants please note that the outing involves bus travel up to 1.8 hours in a section.  Please wear closed shoes, sun safe clothing, hat, sun screen. Bring water.

      Image:; Heritage branch staff, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

      John  Wilkinson  (Event  Coordinator)

      • Tuesday, July 02, 2024
      • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill and via Zoom

      RGSQ Lecture Series

      Dr Kathy Townsend 

      University of the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast Campus

      Marine debris is a global issue that effects a wide range of marine species.Endangered sea turtles are facing a wide range of pressures, from habitat changes caused by climate change through to marine debris. Dr Kathy Townsend will be presenting over a decade of research that her and her team have conducted on the impact of marine debris on Queensland’s iconic sea turtles. Dr Townsend will discuss local and global impacts of marine debris on marine wildlife and reflect on the impact that the recent flooding events had on sea turtles in southeast Queensland. She will finish off with what progress we have made to date, talk about tangible projects that are currently being undertaken, and what further steps need to be taken to reduce our global plastic footprint.

      Bio: Associate Prof Kathy Townsend is an award-winning marine scientist, whose research focuses on marine conservation and human impacts on the marine environment. She is the chair of the “World Whale Heritage Steering Committee” and is the co-lead for UniSC’s “Marine and Terrestrial Megafauna Research Cluster”. Dr Townsend is an invited member of the United Nations Marine Litter and Plastic Reduction Program, and GCT’s Plastic Free Galapagos. She supervises multiple PhD students who are working out of the Galapagos Science Centre and has a large team based in Hervey Bay. Her research programs draw their strength from a multidisciplinary approach, and focus on global scale issues such as the impacts of marine debris and marine pollution. Her research programs also contribute to a greater understanding of the conservation status of marine species identified by the IUCN Red List for threatened species.

      Please note: If you have registered to attend the lecture via Zoom, the lecture link will be emailed to all registrants closer to the lecture date. This lecture may be recorded. If you have any questions, please email us at

      • Tuesday, July 09, 2024
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000
      • 7

      Map Group Presentation

      How the USA States Got Their Shapes
      Presenter: Keith Treschman

      Keith is a member of RGSQ. He has taught Science for over 40 years in Queensland secondary schools.  He holds a PhD in Astronomy, an area in which he is passionate. He has lectured on this topic onboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth.

      He has visited the 7 continents and enjoys geographical places, for example, Hawaii, Great Rift Valley of Africa, Galápagos Islands, Jordan River and Antarctica.

      His previous presentations to the Map Group were: Mapping the Night Sky, Areography (Geography of Mars), Life on Europa? An Application of Geography, Struve Geodetic Arc, Plate Tectonics and Seabed 2030.

      On a map of the USA, one notices some straight horizontal and vertical lines, but then there are also angled lines, non-straight lines, lines with no apparently defined shape.  Keith will explain these features by reference to history and geography.

      Cost:-  $5:00 which includes a special morning tea.
      Limit:-  50Register and pay via the website. 
      Coordinator:-  Kay Rees

      • Tuesday, July 09, 2024
      • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Zoom Only
      • 72

      Geography Matters

      The unfolding of complex life on Earth is understood by a handful of localities globally. One of the best fossil records in the world (of any age) is preserved in South Australia and captures the early history of animal life. This record, first discovered by Reg Sprigg in the 1940’s is home to thousands of fossils of soft-bodied organisms that lived during the Ediacaran Period. These fossils record the advent of mobility, the oldest animal sexual reproduction, oldest animals in the water column and the first scavenging. This talk will be aimed at highlighting some of these important discoveries and putting them in the context of the evolution of life on Earth and the future of life on Earth.

      Dr Mary Droser is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Riverside. She works in the area of evolutionary paleoecology, examining large-scale interactions between life and environments. In the last 20 years, with Australian colleagues, she has focused on the Ediacaran of South Australia publishing over 50 journal articles on this extraordinary fossil record. Topics include the earliest sexual reproduction, descriptions of new body plans, the advent of mobility and so on. She received the National Academy of Sciences Walcott Medal and the 2024 Paleontological Society Medal for her work on the Ediacara Biota.

      Dr Droser will be in conversation with Associate Professor Diego Garcia-Bellido, University of Adelaide.  Diego studies the early evolution of complex life during in the Ediacaran and Cambrian, half a billion years ago. He excavated at the famous Burgess Shale Cambrian fossil locality in Canada between 1995 and 2000 and worked at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto for several years. In 2007 he joined the Australian research team excavating the Cambrian Emu Bay Shale in Kangaroo Island and for the last decade he has also been studying the Ediacara Biota from the Flinders Ranges, with the goal of finding the links of these iconic organisms with the Cambrian faunas.

      When: 9 July 2024

      Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM AEST

      Location: Zoom Only

      Please note: The ZOOM link for this event is included in the confirmation email which you will receive once you have registered. You will find it at the bottom of the notice Please keep this in a place where you can find it when needed. A reminder email will be sent with the link on the day of the event close to Close of Business hours.

      This event may be recorded. If you have any questions, please email us at

      • Wednesday, July 24, 2024
      • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Springfield
      • 2

      Treks & Activities Event

      Greater Springfield, the first master planned

      greenfield city since Canberra, is emerging just 40km south west from the Brisbane CBD.  Whilst a city-in the making, developments and achievements in the 30 short years since implementation of the underlying concept commenced are truly impressive- perhaps, more so because the project is being undertaken not by big corporations, or by government, but through the drive and vision of two men - Maha Sinnathamby and Bob Sharpless, principals of the Springfield City Group.

      The geography of the area-once scrubby timber country - is being transformed. Our visit will involve:

      • A 30 min talk/presentation by a representative of the Springfield City Group about how the concept for a new city emerged; the challenges in bringing it about; and what the future Springfield will look like.  This will be conducted at Springfield Towers, and will we have access to an expansive model, and the impressive vista across Springfield from the Level 10 Observation deck.  There is no seating available during this segment.
      • A  45 min/1 hour coach tour with on-board commentary, including to some of the more significant individual developments which have been undertaken across the Health, Education and Information Technology precincts.
      • A walk around (part of) the Robelle Domain and Lagoon - a delightful parkland at the Centre of Springfield. Around 1 hour walking, generally flat, and limited steps.
      • Lunch (at participants cost) at, and (optional) tour of the new Brisbane Lions headquarters- adjacent to the Springfield Rail Station. (Meal selections will be obtained from participants closer to the day. Pay on the day)

      The Event will commence (and end) at the Springfield Central Railway Station. There is a half-hourly rail service to Springfield Central (one end of the Caboolture line) and it is suggested that participants use the service that arrives at Springfield Central at 9.24 am. 

      A coach will be used to transport the group from Springfield Central Station to Springfield Towers, with time allowed for morning tea (own cost) at the Lotus Café, which is located on the ground level of Springfield Towers. The coach will also be used to transport the group to the Robelle Domain, and after the Domain walk, to the Brisbane Lions centre for lunch, (and optional tour). 

      The Event will conclude around 2.00 pm. (Rail services ex Springfield 2.09 pm:  2.39 pm.  Etc)

      The Orion Centre- a large shopping mall is within easy walking distance of the Rail Station if participants wished to extend their visit.

      Cost: $40 per person - members; $50 per person non-members

      Please register on line. Numbers are limited to 20. A wait list will operate for this Event.


      Coordinator: Roger Grimley 

      • Thursday, August 15, 2024
      • (UTC+11:00)
      • Tuesday, August 20, 2024
      • (UTC+11:00)
      • Norfolk Island
      • 0
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      Norfolk Island Geotour


      15 TO 20 AUGUST 2024


      Norfolk Island has a checkered history of human settlements and abandonments from Polynesians for a century or two up to the fifteenth century, British convicts from 1788 to 1814 and again from 1825 to 1855 and then Pitcairn Islanders, their descendants and other immigrants from 1856 to the present.

      But there is so much more to Norfolk Island than its human history. We will be looking at history including a little WWII history but we plan to examine a wider range of issues that might include:

      • Geology, landscapes and climate including Zealandia
      • Flora and fauna
      • Transport to and from the Island
      • Government, administration, and services
      • Whaling and fishing
      • Past and present agriculture and horticulture
      • Present economy and economic drivers
      • The difficulties of living on a remote island in the Pacific.

      There should be time for a short walk in the Island’s National Park for those inclined.

      We will be assisted on the Norfolk Island by Dr Geoff Edwards, an island resident formerly of Brisbane. Geoff is an acquaintance of a couple of RGSQ members and has visited RGSQ headquarters.

      Indicative up-front cost for the Trek should be between $2,500 and $3,000. This includes:

      • Qantas flights to and from the Island
      • Transport from and to the Airport
      • Accommodation (twin share) at Castaway with continental breakfast
      • Hire of a coach for the four full days we will spend on the Island
      • An Island Fish Fry evening meal.

      As well as meals, morning teas etc, there will be additional costs for some activities and venue entries, and there will be costs for some optional activities like a progressive dinner hosted by local people. Some additional costs may be payable prior to the trek and some will be payable on Norfolk Island.

      We need to get a reasonable idea of numbers so that we would like your interest to be registered by Friday 1 March. We are seeking 20 participants and a wait list will apply for this trek.

      Bob Reid, 0412 625 944

      • Monday, September 09, 2024
      • Friday, September 13, 2024
      • Granite Belt
      • 0
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      Treks & Activities Event

      9 TO 13 SEPTEMBER 2024 

      This will be a self-drive trek with car pooling for travel around the region. The plan is to stay at the Top of the Town Tourist Park which has a range of powered and unpowered van sites, cabins and motel style rooms.

      The program is still being developed but current plans are to include:

      • Visiting the Amiens Legacy Centre that showcases the history of the area, in particular the soldier settlement scheme
      • Delving into the mining history of the area, perhaps including Liston in NSW
      • Examining some of the geology of the region including a short walk along good tracks in Girraween National Park to showcase some of the granites of the area
      • Visiting a commercial strawberry farm, a winery, and possibly an olive grove and or other horticultural farm to get background on the industries.
      • Driving south to Wallangarra to see the railway history at the change of gauge to NSW and, pre Federation, the Customs history
      • Seeing some of the wildflowers of the area if the season is appropriate.

      Costs will be determined after a reconnaissance of the area.

      Bob Reid, 0412 625 944

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