Bowen Basin Geologists Group

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The Bowen Basin Geologists Group (BBGG) is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers from across industry, research and consulting. It has been running for over 30 years and has a great history and general Guidelines (click here). Anyone with an interest in Bowen Basin geology in particular, and coal geology in general is welcome and membership is free.

The BBGG meet quarterly at different mine sites and hold a 1-day meeting that consists of topical presentations followed by a mine site tour.  The BBGG also host the Bowen Basin Symposium once every five years.  It is the largest gather of coal geologists in Australia.

To join the BBGG, create an account. The BBGG currently have over 650 members. After joining, you can access member-only content such as publications, BBGG meeting information, AGM minutes, photos and more.

BBGG Executive

Chair: David Green

Secretary: Danique Gerber

Honoury Treasurer: Angus McIntyre

22 May 2019 - BBGG Meeting at Curragh Mine
Details: Coronado Global Resources & the BBGG would like to invite you to the first BBGG meeting of 2019. A preliminary agenda is as follows:
10:00 – 10:30 Arrival and visitor sign-in/registration
10:30 – 12:30 Welcome (Site/BBGG), site induction/familiarisation, technical presentations
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 Pit tour
15:30 – 16:00 Final business & departure from Site
Location: Curragh Mine, Blackwater, QLD
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
PPE: Please bring your own long sleeve high-vis shirt, long pants, safety boots, hard hat and safety glasses
 Please click here. Registrations are currently limited to 30 people due to meeting room & transport capacities on the mine

3-4 July 2019 - Bowen Basin Geologists Group joint meeting with ACARP
Details: The biennial BBGG-ACARP Meeting will provide industry delegates and researchers an opportunity to share learnings from investigations in coal geology and related disciplines. The Leichhardt Award Dinner is being hosted during the two-day event, and will recognise the contributions of a worthy recipient to the advancement of coal geology or related disciplines in Queensland. It is also a wonderful evening to continue networking with other attendees. 
Location: CQU Rockhampton North Campus, 554-700 Yaamba Road, Norman Gardens, QLD
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration: Please click here

October/November 2019 - Bowen Basin Geologists Group Mine Visit
Details: TBA

The Bowen Basin Symposium
The Bowen Basin Symposium is held once every 5 years, and fosters the exchange of technical ideas for the solution of common geological problems and challenges; and to maintain an awareness of new technologies.  Each symposium has always been a resounding success since its inception in 1985.  The next Symposium Beyond 2020: The Future of Coal will be held on 8-10 September 2020 at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre. Please click here to download the flyer.

The 2015 Bowen Basin Symposium was held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 7 – 9 October 2015. The theme was Bowen Basin and Beyond; with an extended focus beyond the Bowen Basin to other coal Basins throughout Queensland, placing a strong emphasis on both the coal mining and coal seam gas industries.

Members can access copies of all Bowen Basin Symposium proceedings through the BBGG website.

The Leichhardt Award

In the in the spirit of the pioneering geological efforts of Ludwig Leichhardt, Don King and Ted Milligan, the Leichhardt Award is instituted to recognise original contribution to the advancement of coal geology or related disciplines in Queensland. The award recognises scientific achievement, particularly where there has been a significant impact on the Queensland coal industry is the basis of award, rather than seniority or longevity in the industry. The award serves to encourage development of the highest professional standards within the Queensland coal industry.

Please click here to read more about past Leichhardt Award winners.

The rules governing The Leichhardt Award, as well as the nomination form for The Leichhardt Award recipients, can be downloaded below.