Mr Warwick Willmott
Warwick Willmott's Citation - presented by Neville Stevens
Warwick has given outstanding service to the GSAQ committee over the past 15 years by curating the Division's stock of publications. He has also edited two field conference guides for the Queensland Division as well as being a contributor. His contributions to increasing public awareness of geology have been in writing booklets and notes which draw attention to the relationships between geology and scenery. He started the successful "Rocks and Landscape "series with a booklet on the Gold Coast hinterland, now in its second edition. He took a leading part in the authorship and production of three other books of the series and the same may be said of the "Rock and Landscape notes " which are distributed free to the public.
Warwick has also been prominent in preservation of significant geological sites (Geological monuments), being on the sub-committee since its inception, and chairman from 1980 for several years. He was contributor and joint editor of several of the reports on Geological Sites funded by Commonwealth Government grants under the National Estates program. Warwick is also largely responsible for classification of sites, and proposed legislation for protection of minor sites. He has also compiled a report on Geological Sites in Brisbane, being nomination for the Brisbane Conservation Atlas on behalf of the Queensland Division, and has given many talks to groups interested in the environment.
Response of thanks by Warwick Willmott
I first met Neville when he was lecturing me on dramatic landscapes formed by glaciers and volcanoes, which we don't have in Queensland. I then went away down south and overseas for a while and I didn't see Neville again until the early seventies when I came back to Queensland. At the time the profession was very clearly heading towards the mining boom and the petroleum boom and Neville was probably one of the few who was maintaining an interest and contact with the broader community and trying to communicate geological concepts to the broader community. And gradually I saw what he was doing and I got interested in it myself, I could see there was value there.