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    • Tuesday, July 23, 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: Dr Stefan Hajkowicz is a chief research consultant in CSIRO working at the interface between science & technology and policy & strategy. His work helps decision makers in government, industry and community organisations explore plausible futures and make wise choices. Dr. Peter Scarth an adjunct at the University of Queensland. He is also a co-founder and technical director at Cibo Labs, an agricultural data analytics company. He is also a director at Ozius, where he leads efforts to apply computer vision and AI at scale. Dr Md Abdul Bashar is a data science expert, specializing in data mining, deep learning, and artificial intelligence. He holds a PhD in Data Science from QUT (earned in 2017). With over 10 years of research and development experience, he has made significant contributions to the field through impactful projects funded by the Australian Research Council, government agencies, and private organizations.

    Geospatial artificial intelligence (GeoAI) is an emerging and promising research field that integrates AI with geospatial science to resolve problems and issues of geographic nature (Li and Hsu, 2022). GeoAI can be applied to land use, traffic flow optimization, flood and deforestation detection, and much more.

    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.

    Light refreshments are served before you settle in for an informed conversation on a topic of interest to us all.

    Please post your questions on notice to:


    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 

    • Wednesday, July 24, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Springfield
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    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, July 25, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000 / Zoom
    • 33

    Young Geographers

    Advertising banner for the event with an anime style image of a train running on a track alongside colourful treesCalling all students, early-career professionals and aspiring minds eager to dive into the dynamic world of transportation! Step into the fast lane with our latest installment of the Young Geographers presentation and networking series: Professionals Talk: Transport

    Join us as we hear about the experiences of early and mid-career professionals working in and around transport in Brisbane. From urban planners shaping the cities of tomorrow to technical experts handling spatial representations of transport corridors, our speakers will share firsthand their expertise, challenges and advice for others interested in pursuing a career like theirs.

    Each of our three speakers will deliver a short presentation on their focus area, followed by an interactive Q&A session. Whether you're curious about emerging trends, career pathways, or industry innovations, this is your chance to gain invaluable insights and forge meaningful connections. We'll wind up the evening with casual networking over refreshments.

    Don't miss out on this opportunity to accelerate your career and fulfill your curiousity about the transport industry. Mark your calendars, spread the word, and get ready for an evening packed with insights, anecdotes and valuable networking opportunities. Let's navigate the future of transportation together!

    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.  If you have any questions, please email us at Speaker biographies will be shared incrementally via the RGSQ Young Geographers Facebook Group and added here once all three are released. 

    • Tuesday, August 13, 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom Only
    • 90

    Geography Matters

    The Torres Strait is a nationally and globally significant region on multiple levels, and yet its values remain relatively unknown to many Australian's.  Sandwiched in a narrow strait between the tip of Queensland and Papua New Guinea, both the communities and the ecology of the region face an existential threat from climate change. Despite the challenges before it, the region and its people have many strengths, and its ability to adapt and thrive into the unfolding future will depend on a blend of external support and internal resilience and resourcefulness.

    John Rainbird has worked for the Torres Strait Regional Authority in his role as Climate Change and Coastal Manager for 14 years. He is originally from South Africa where he obtained his MSc In Conservation Biology.  He has a long-standing interest in the areas of change, sustainability and resilience. Prior to his current role he worked in an array of conservation and sustainability related positions in government and the NGO sector. He is based in Cairns. 

    John will be joined in conversation with Assoc Professor Javier Leon, a geographer with broad interests in geomorphology. He is particularly interested in the study and management of coastal systems including sandy beaches and coral reefs. He has developed and collaborated in multidisciplinary research projects combining field data, geospatial techniques and modelling in study sites across Torres Strait, the Great Barrier Reef and Pacific Islands. His aim is to answer questions related to links between morphology, ecology and management in the current changing climate and sea-level rise context.

    When: 13 August 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

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

    • Tuesday, August 27, 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000
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    Geography in Conversation

    Professor Chris Frid is a professor of marine biology at Griffith University and a research program leader in the Blue Economy Coooperative Research Centre. Chris is a marine ecologist with expertise in human impacts on marine ecosystems. Chris previously worked at the University of Liverpool and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK, where he was Director of the Dove Marine Laboratory.

    Paul Seaton is the Director for Climate and Nature in Asia Pacific for Fugro, where he spearheads the commercializing digital and remote sensing innovations and harnessing geo-data expertise to create a safe and liveable world.  He is one of the leaders in shaping Fugro’s contribution to the energy transition and is actively engaged in promoting carbon reducing innovations and sustainability. Paul has led Fugro’s strategy to capture climate change related work in the Pacific and secured landmark projects for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Asia Development Bank (ADB) and a range of government and non-government organisations. 

    Dr Pedro Fidelman is an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Futures, University of Queensland, where he leads the Social and Environmental Sustainability research theme. His applied research on environmental policy and governance covers diverse areas, such as climate change, emerging environmental technologies, marine conservation, fisheries, and natural resource management in Australia and internationally. In the context of the Blue Economy, Pedro has investigated the policy and regulatory environment associated with offshore wind energy. 

    Australia has the third largest (marine) Exclusive Economic Zone in the World and an aspiration to grow the Blue Economy to $100 Billion by 2025.  We also have set a target for 30% of the EEZ to be in marine parks by 2030 and t0 have reduced our carbon footprint to net zero by 2050. Understanding the spatial characteristics of our seas and oceans and the extent of human 'foot prints' will need to be brought together using management tools based on maps, charts and plans if these aspirations are to be met.

    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.

    Light refreshments are served before you settle in for an informed conversation on a topic of interest to us all.

    Please post your questions on notice to:


    Date: Tuesday 27 August 2024

    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 

    Photo supplied by Professor Chris Frid

    • Thursday, August 29, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000

    Map Group Presentation

    Exploring imaging radar and regrowth detection in Queensland's woodlands

    Presenter: Jason Dail, Young Geographers Special Interest Group

    Jason Dail is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland and RGSQ Young Geographer. His PhD research focuses on using synthetic aperture radar for improving clearing and regrowth detection in Queensland's woodlands. Woodlands are the dominant forest type in Queensland (close to 80%) and provide a challenge to accurately map clearing and regrowth due to their sparse distribution. Accurate clearing and regrowth data is important for not only regional and state vegetation policies, but also for international agreements such as the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the new EU deforestation regulation. Jason will present a brief introduction to imaging radar as well as some preliminary results from his research.

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

    Limit:-  35 attending, zoom openRegister and pay via the website. 

    Coordinator:-  Neville McManimm

    • Monday, September 09, 2024
    • Friday, September 13, 2024
    • Granite Belt
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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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