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    • 1 Mar 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Room 314/315 (Planning Studio), Steele Building, University of Queensland

    Join the RGSQ Young Geographers in welcoming the new year and new members with a board games social night hosted at University of Queensland. Bring your strategy skills and be prepared to have a good time as we get to know each other over the best geography-themed board games our games shelves have to offer!

    We'll have some pizzas and a selection of board games to choose from. If you have a favourite game or snack you'd like to share, feel free to bring it along. This free event is for geography (and geography adjacent - ie. planning, environment, science) students and early career professionals to meet existing RGSQ Young Geographers and grow their community. 

    When: Friday 1st March, 5pm onwards

    Where: Room 314/315 (Planning Studio), Steele Building, UQ

    What: Board games, pizza and socialising

    Cost: Free! Bring your favourite game or snack to share if you'd like

    Everyone is welcome so bring a friend along if you'd like. Just please RSVP so we can coordinate numbers for food & games.

    See you there! ~ RGSQ Young Geographers 

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

    RGSQ Lecture Series

    RGSQ recommends that all attendees at this event be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or exempt.

    Ian Mackinnon, BSc (Hons), PhD

    Australian policy makers have been slow to understand the implications of past and continuing studies on climate change since the first USA Senate committee hearings in 1988 at which James Hansen testified. As noted by Hansen in his preface [1], “…Politicians are happy if scientists provide information and then go away ….. but science and policy cannot be divorced. Today, Australia’s energy policies at State and Federal level offer an opportunity to deliver a powerful transformation that matches the impact of electricity transmission over 100 years ago. These policies and “announce-ables” suggest that by the 2040–2050 period regional communities may enjoy access to energy resources orders of magnitude greater than today. However, efficient use of energy generated, stored and used by low emissions technologies is at high risk if planning resorts to last century’s “business as usual”.

    Two well established technologies, among many evolving rapidly, may greatly assist Australia’s energy transformation to a low emissions regime if deployed with careful thought. Best use of DC power and DC-DC conversion is a simple and effective first step in pathways to energy efficiency [2]. New and efficient materials, such as superconductors, for transmission/distribution of electricity or for motors and generators [3] is also key to an energy efficient power system for Australia’s rewired grids. Combined with low to zero emissions practices, such as use of hybrid renewable energy systems for transport, manufacturing and/or sustainable waste recovery, Australians may – with care and attention – retain a high standard of living while minimizing the impacts of extreme climate conditions. This presentation outlines selected rapid transformations in the energy sector – currently a contributor to approximately 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions – in order to broaden discussion beyond business as usual.

    References: 1: Hansen, J. “Storms of my Grandchildren”, Bloomsbury NY, 320pp., ISBN 978-1-60819-502-2, 2009.  2: Ertugrul, N. and D. Abbott, Proc. IEEE., 108(5) 651-624.  3: Mackinnon, I.D.R., and R.R. Taylor, The Conversation, February 7th, 2023.

    Bio: Ian Mackinnon obtained his degrees at James Cook University and is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments as well as former Director of the Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Prior to his roles at QUT, Ian was Executive Director at the Australian Research Council responsible for driving collaboration between universities and industry. Among many outcomes for the SE QLD region, Ian established the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis at The University of Queensland and the Central Analytical Research Facility at QUT.

    Prof Mackinnon is a member of the Ministerial Energy Council and was a member of the Hydrogen Task Force (2021-2023), for the Queensland Government. Dr Mackinnon has served in advisory roles for five national and international centres in the environmental, minerals and energy sectors. He has held other appointments at Arizona State University, NASA Johnson Space Centre, The University of New Mexico in the USA and at The University of Queensland.

    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

    • 12 Mar 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom Only
    • 80

    Geography Matters

    Professor Poul Christoffersen will share his research and discuss the Western Antarctic ice sheet dynamics and climate change in polar regions.

      Professor Christoffersen is a glaciologist who specialises in ice sheets and climate change. He was a Professor at the University of Cambridge before joining University of Tasmania in 2023. At UTAS, Poul is a member of the Centre of Excellence in Antarctic Science and the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership. He has received a major EU grant from the European Research Council to investigate the effect of climate change in Greenland Ice Sheet and he was also a Lead Scientist of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration in Antarctica, funded by research agencies in UK and USA. His work on Thwaites Glacier and before that Pine Island Glacier, both in the Amundsen Sea region of West Antarctica, has contributed to a better understanding of some of the most vulnerable drainage basins in Antarctica.

      Professor Christoffersen will further extend discussion of the topic with Dr Adrian McCallum, who currently serves as Head of Engineering at University of the Sunshine Coast and manages courses in soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering and weather and climate. He is fortunate to have led a life of adventure and exploration around the globe and is an expert in remote area science & engineering. Adrian holds a PhD from the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge and additional degrees in oceanography, meteorology and civil engineering.

      When: 12 March 2024

      Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM AEST

      Location: Zoom Only

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

      • 21 Mar 2024
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000

      Map Group Presentation

      The Geology of the Darling Downs

      Presented by RGSQ and Map Group member Stuart Watt.  Based on previous presentations that Stuart has delivered, this subject is bound to be of interest and an entertaining presentation.

      Volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, changing climate and shifting sea levels. Sounds like the present, doesn’t it? No, it’s what has happened around Warwick over geological time to produce the rocks and landscapes of the Southern Downs. Stuart will lead us through the tumultuous (if very sporadic) events around Warwick over the last 400 million years as he describes the geological history of the Southern Downs.


      Cost:-  $5:00 which includes a special morning tea.

      Limit:-  35.  Register and pay via the website. 

      Coordinator:-  Kay Rees

      • 22 Mar 2024
      • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • University of Queensland, Viewpoint, (Building 33) St Lucia and via Zoom
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      RGSQ & University of Queensland School of the Environment

      The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland and the University of Queensland School of the Environment have organised a public forum on the housing crisis with an excellent panel of speakers to present some critical perspectives. We hope you can join us for this important event.




      Observations on the Queensland Government housing policy


      The demography of the housing crisis


      Community Housing Futures Program Queensland


      Character contradiction: how Brisbane planning excludes low-income households from desirable suburbs

       DATE    Friday 22 March

       TIME     1.30-5pm; please arrive by 1.30pm

       VENUE University of Queensland (see map on flyer)  

                    St Lucys café for social drinks 5-7pm

      PLEASE REGISTER by Monday 18 March 

      COST (includes afternoon tea)

      $30 General public

      $20 RGSQ & SENV members

      $10 Zoom attendance

      Free for students




      p (07) 3368 2066

      Download event flyer.

      For any questions, please email or contact us on (07) 3368 2066.

      Photo: Iraphne Childs

      • 25 Mar 2024
      • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
      • Samford
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      Treks & Activities Event

      Samford Valley and the Camp Mountain Rail Disaster 1947

      This bus trip takes us into Samford Valley and includes exploration of the Labour Day Picnic Train crash at Camp Mountain on 5th May 1947.

      Time: A bus is necessary due to the impracticalities of a number of cars on narrow winding roads.

      It will leave the Enoggerra Train Station Car Park at 9.30 a.m, off Glenalva Terrace, Enoggera. Please arrive by 9.15.

      This station is served by frequent trains on the Beenleigh/City and Ferny Grove line, and also has parking off Glenalva Terrace, Enoggera. The bus will depart from the parking area on the South side of the station. Parking is also available in side streets.

      Morning: The bus should arrive at Samford Museum at about 10am. Morning Tea will be provided. 


      Greg Hallam who is the Historian for Queensland Rail will give a presentation on the Camp Mountain Rail Accident and a history of the Ferny Grove to Dayboro line, now discontinued. He is a well known expert on the subject. The above picture clearly shows the downhill bend. It is now McLean Road South.

      There will be time to discover the very well presented Samford Museum, with Geoff Harris to help to provide some guidance. There are many exhibits including local rail history and the nearby Bora Ring.

      Lunch will be at the popular Cafe Lagarto on the Mount Glorious Road, Samford Valley. This is part of a Lifestyle Centre with interesting shops including  a good bookshop, crafts and country stalls. Lunch is at own cost. It would be possible to BYO lunch, but with very limited seating elsewhere. There will be time to explore the Lifestyle Centre.

      Afternoon: We will visit a well preserved  Bora Ring on the Upper Wight's Mountain Road, which is claimed to be the last remaining Bora Ring in Queensland.

      We will then go to the site of the rail accident on Maclean Road South, and observe the slope and gradient in the area, leading to the cause of the train leaving the rails.

      We will then proceed to the boundary of Brisbane Forest Park Conservation area. The Rail Trail here follows the old railway to Ferny Grove and is now a bike/walking track.  

      From here we can take an optional walk/stroll on bitumen through the Brisbane Forest Park on the Rail Trail. There is a slight uphill gradient to a detailed plaque and then a similar descent into Ferny Grove. Total distance: 1.8kms taking about 30-45 minutes. Birdlife in the bush, railway cuttings and gullies and some old farm structures can be seen on the way.

      The bus will take anyone not on the walk around to the Ferny Grove end of the trail at the end of Lanita Road.

      We will then return  to the Enoggera Train Station by about 3.30 - 4pm.

      Participants please note: The outing involves only minimal walking except for the optional walk. Some danger of bicycles using the Rail Trail. Wear appropriate shoes, sun safe clothing, hat and bring a camera and a water bottle.

      Cost: Members $50 and non-members $60, includes the bus trip, morning tea and entry into Samford Museum.

      Register and pay by Friday 1st March.

      Limit 30 participants. If the trip is fully booked, please use the waitlist. There is often a good chance of late places being available, or even a repeat of the trip.

      Coordinator: Chris Spriggs 0400 908 378

      • 26 Mar 2024
      • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000
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      Geography in Conversation

      Speakers: Ms Jen Basham, QLD Conservation Council, Major General Jake Ellwood, CEO for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Professor Ali Cheshmehzangi, incoming Head of the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, UQ and formerly Architecture and Urban Planning, Head/Director of Center at Qingdao City University.

      A series of natural events have sharpened our awareness for the requirement for planning for resilience in communities. Research into environmental impacts and resilience of the built environment, including investigation and assessment of multiple intervention strategies for low to positive energy buildings and urban districts is the focus of many institutions. The Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience 2022-2027 promotes a systems approach to resilience that connects with a range of agencies and sectors to deliver improved outcomes for Qld.

      Each speaker will have 8 minutes to spotlight their work.

      During the Q&A forum the audience will have up to 60 minutes to ask questions of the experts on their projects.

      Members registering please post your questions on notice to the GIC forum: 

      OR non-members 


      Date:  Tuesday 26 March

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

                   6:00 – 6:30 pm Presentations

                   6:30 – 7:30 Q&A Forum

                   7:30 – 8:00 Mingling 

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

      Cost: $5.00 for refreshments, included in registration. 

      Cost: $5.00 Members 

      $10.00 Non-Members 

      $5.00 Students 

      • 10 Apr 2024
      • 7:45 AM - 3:15 PM
      • Port of Brisbane
      • 6

      Treks & Activities Event

      Join us on a tour of the Port of Brisbane - Australia’s third busiest port

      When: Wednesday 10 April 2024

      Time and Place: Please indicate when booking

      • A  North side Arrive at 7.45 for 8.00 departure    Bus stop 27 at 15 Park Av Clayfield (near EJ station)
      • South side: Arrive 8.15 for 8.30 departure outbound   Bus stop 26 Ison St cnr Thynne Rd  Morningside (opp School of Arts)
      Arrive 8.40 Colmslie Beach Reserve – Morning Tea – BYO and cup- Hot water provided


      Arrive 9.30 OZ fish – with Robbie Porter. See the Moreton Bay Shellfish Recycling Centre. Hear how oyster shells are recycled to restore reefs.

      Depart 10.45

      Arrive 10.55   Port of Brisbane office for 11am Tour (approx. 60 mins)

       Visit the Observation Deck for an overview of the site of Fisherman’s island reclamation area. Drive around the stockpiles of coal, grain, wood chip. See the multi modal rail track, container facilities of DP world and Patricks with robotic handling cranes. The import cargo varies from cars to huge wind blades and turbines for wind farms. Learn how an efficient and sustainable port operates. It is truly a port of the future.

      12 noon Lunch at the Port Observation Deck   Please state special dietary requirements when booking  

       Enjoy shared Boxed Platters – Sandwiches mixed fillings eg Ham, turkey, beef, and vegetarian   OR

      Flat bread wraps or Rolls. It includes a Soft drink can, Juice or water  

      1.00– 2.00 Visit Shorebird Roost and Hides for Ramsar Wetlands (Environmental protection)

      Depart 2.00 for return drop offs B and A

      Arrive 3.15 (approx.)   15 Park Av Clayfield

      Cost Members $74 and non- members $84

      30 registrants.  Register and pay by Friday 22 March 2024

      Participants please note. The outing involves bus travel up to an hour and standing of 1 hour during the OZ fish visit.

      Please wear closed shoes, sun safe clothing, hat, sun screen. Bring water and camera.

      Jeanette Lamont (Event Coordinator) 

      • 30 Apr 2024
      • 11:30 PM
      • Online
      Writing Competition

      This is your opportunity to write a short story using imagination, creativity and with a wide interpretation, on any geographical concept set in Queensland.

      This competition is open to anyone with an interest in writing and storytelling, nationally or internationally, at any stage of their writing career. Multiple entries can be made in one or both categories (if eligible).

      Competition categories:

      • 19 years and under
      • Open (all ages)

      Prizes in each category:

      • First Place - $300 and publication in the RGSQ Bulletin and on the RGSQ website
      • Second Place - $150
      • Third Place - 1 year membership to the Queensland Writers Centre

      Length: Short fiction up to 500 words

      Closing: 30 April 2024

      Fee: $10.00 per entry

      Download the Competition Terms and Conditions.
      Download the GWC Registration Instructions for further details about the registration process.
      Download the Competition Flyer if you want to publicise the competition.

      • 9 May 2024
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000

      Map Group Presentation

      Navigating at both Poles, now and then....

      Presented by Tim Medhurst OAM and Development and Infrastructure Senior Consultant with Binna Burra Lodge.  Tim would be familiar to most members in RGSQ as he has presented at RGSQ and up at the Binna Burra Teahouse on the rebuilding of Binna Burra Lodge.

      As a surveyor and glaciologist, Tim led scientific expeditions for over 5000km in Antarctica in 1983-4.  More recently Tim skied to the north geographic pole (in 2010) and north magnetic pole (in 2019), both as fundraising expeditions.  Tim will explore the many geographical differences between the north and south poles as well as between expedition types and navigation techniques 40 years apart. 


      Cost:-  $5:00 which includes a special morning tea.

      Limit:-  40Register and pay via the website. 

      Coordinator:-  Neville McManimm

      • 15 Aug 2024
      • (UTC+11:00)
      • 20 Aug 2024
      • (UTC+11:00)
      • Norfolk Island
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      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

      • 9 Sep 2024
      • 13 Sep 2024
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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 so the current call is for expressions of interest only.

      Bob Reid, 0412 625 944

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