Coalfield Geology Council of New South Wales


The Coalfield Geology Council of NSW is the representative body for geologists working in the coal industry. The Council was originally formed in 1961 as the Standing Committee on Coalfield Geology of New South Wales. Over the past 50 years the Council has been a driving force in defining the stratigraphy of NSW, writing standards and codes for exploration and estimating resources, and promoting the advancement of technology in geological exploration.

The aim of the Council is the advancement of Coalfield Geology of New South Wales by activities including among other things:

  • Providing a forum for the sharing of information on the geology of the coalfields of NSW and techniques for the understanding of the contained coal resources and their exploration and extraction
  • The provision of effective industry/government consultation on all matters involving coalfield and mining geology
  • Promote liaison with other Australian coal geology groups with a view to the establishment and revision of codes, standards and guidelines for exploration and mining geology
  • Exchange of ideas on geoscience techniques and terms employed in coalfield geology with a view to standardisation
  • The appropriate distribution of the results of the Council’s considerations and activities

CGC NSW Executive

Chair: Peter Holloway

Secretary: Erin Holmes

Treasurer: Cheryl Holz

Executive: Tom Bradbury

Executive: Gareth Johnson

Executive: Gary Salter

Executive: Kate Woodward

The Council meets four times a year, at various mine sites and other professional bodies around NSW. Meetings are usually held on the first Friday of March, June, September and December. Details of each meeting can be found on the CGC home page, or by joining the mailing list.

Please click here to view the CGC Constitution and click here to read more about the history of the CGC.


Membership is open to all geoscientists interested in coal geology in the coalfields of NSW. Members include mine and exploration geologists, consultants, retired professionals, students, academics, CSIRO and government employees. Members can choose their level of engagement with the council, for example, by email, or attending quarterly meeting or symposia. Please contact for information about becoming a member.

The Coalfield Geology Council of NSW has a strong history of encouraging professional development for geoscientists. The CGC presents one day workshops to provide high level, cost effective training from industry leaders. Workshop topics include Coal Quality, Geophysics, Geotechnical, Regional Geophysics, Hydrogeology and Geostatistics.

Upcoming Events & Activities
21-22 March 2019 - 41st Sydney Basin Symposium
Location: Dalwood Estate, 700 Dalwood Road, Dalwood NSW
Details: The Sydney Basin Symposium is a biennial event that provides a forum in which geoscientists from academia, government and industry can share knowledge regarding advancing the understanding of the major sedimentary basins of Eastern Australia. Covered topics include (but are not limited to)

  • Coal geology and coal quality
  • Mine geology
  • Exploration
  • Hydrogeology
  • Petroleum geology
  • Geophysics
  • Environmental and social issues
  • State of the industry
  • Climate Change

21 March 2019 - Welcome Dinner
Time: 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Cost: $85 per person (guests of conference delegates are welcome)

22 March 2019 - Sydney Basin Symposium
Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm
Cost: $130 Delegate Registration, $65 Student (full time) Registrations

Registrations:  Registrations close 28 Feb. Please click here to register

Abstract submission: The closing date for submissions has been extended to: 31 January 2019. Please submit any further ideas for presentation or an abstract of up to 500 words to: