New South Wales

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About the NSW State Soil

nswredchromosolThe New South Wales Branch of the Society selected the Red Chromosol as its State Soil.

Also known as red brown earths, red podzolic soils or red duplex soils, Red Chromosols feature a strong texture contrast between the A and B horizons. They are distinguished from other texture contrast soils by not being strongly acidic like Kurosols or sodic like Sodosols in their upper B horizons. In their natural condition, these soils have favourable physical and chemical properties, but many now have hardsetting surface layers with structural degradation and acidification problems caused by longterm cultivation. 

They occupy some 20% of the State and are used for grazing, cropping and vineyards.  They have been described as 'the workhorse of agriculture' in New South Wales.

 

NSW Honour Board - 1956 onwards

Year President Vice president Secretary Treasurer
1956-58 Pat Walker   Cedric Hawkins  
1959-60 Collis George   Ray Storrier Don Cameron
1961 Cedric Hawkins   David Smiles H. Orchiston
1962 T. Langford Smith   David Smiles H. Orchiston
1963-64 Cedric Hawkins      
1965-66 Alex Riddler      
1967-68 R. Hunter   David Smiles David Smiles
1969-70 N. Collis George   David Smiles David Smiles
1971-72 Lawrie McCaffery   Janice Corbett Janice Corbett
1973-74 Cedric Hawkins   Terry Abbott Terry Abbott
1975-76 Brian Davey   Stewart Wood Stewart Wood
1977- 78 Peter Charman   Kevin Styles Barbara Greaves
1979-80 Ross Higginson   Rick Read Jim Bradley
1981-82 Mike Melville   Colin Chartres Colin Pain
1983-84 Hal Geering   Peter Searle Gottfried Sholz
1985-86 Richard Hicks   Glenn Atkinson Pam Hazelton
1987-88 Terry Abbott   John Crichton Yin Chan
1989-90 Phil Ryan   Reg Humphreys Derry Thomas
1991-92 Peter Walker   Sue Bannerman John Aveyard
1993-94 Pam Hazelton   Cathy Hird John Corbett
1995-96 Phil Mulvey     John Corbett
1997  Tony Koppi   Brendan George Chris Conoley
1998 Leigh Sullivan   Brendan George Chris Conoley
1999-2000 Leigh Sullivan   Brendan George Chris Conoley
2001-02 Graeme Tupper   Brian Murphy John Crichton
2003-04 Greg Chapman Balwant Singh Jonathan Gray Fletcher Townsend
2005 Balwant Singh Brian Murphy Chris Dorahy Budiman Minasny
2006 Brian Murphy   Chris Dorahy Budiman Minasny
2007 Brian Murphy Roy Lawrie Jane Aiken Raphael Viscarra-Rossel
2008-09 Roy Lawrie Iankwu Odeh Jane Aiken Raphael Viscarra-Rossel
2010 Inakwu Odeh Ben Macdonald David Gouge Jess Drake
2011 Ben Macdonald Jane Aiken Michael Nelson Zoe Read
2012 Ben Macdonald Jane Aiken   Zoe Read
2013 Ben Macdonald Jane Aiken Jonathan Gray Zoe Read
2014-15 Jane Aiken Peter Bacon Justine Cox Zoe Read
2016 Peter Bacon Uta Stockmann Justine Cox Zoe Read

Soil Scientists’ Perspectives on Soil Information Access and Delivery to Clients

NSW Branch Committee Member for Northern Tablelands Organiser:

Dr Lisa Lobry de Bruyn; Contact email: llobryde@une.edu.au

The meeting in and around Armidale, Northern NSW, was open to all professionals and practitioners with an interest in soil science including researchers, lecturers, industry, consultants, government agencies and land managers. Being in a regional area we took the opportunity to feature three key note addresses about soil information access and relevance, in relation to: soil type, soil behaviour and land capability, and the capacity for soil knowledge sharing in soil science. The two day forum brought together 30 attendees on each day, from NSW government (Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Local Land Services (LLS) - Central Tablelands, North West and Northern Tablelands), industry, university academics, and higher degree research students.  Click here for the link to the program and presentation day abstracts.

 Armidale workshop pic

 


NSW Regional Forum – Managing and Protecting Soils on the Urban Fringe  

NSW Camden and Southern Highlands Regional meeting to tackle soils and urban development in peri-urban Sydney to be held at DPI Agriculture, NSW Department of Primary Industries Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, Woodbridge Rd, MENANGLE NSW 2568  on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th of September, 2016, 10 – 5 pm. More information, RSVP and bookings via the link  REGISTER


 

Gala Dinner in New South Wales

The NSW Branch is celebrating the 60th anniversary with friends and fellow professionals on 14th October at the Waterfront Restaurant Circular Quay , 27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks Sydney.  The night includes food, drink and music and is themed The Australian Society of Soil Science Inc: Past, Present and an exciting future. To register and pay use the link https://soilscienceaustralia.memnet.com.au/MemberSelfService/EventBooking.aspx?selectedEventId=60


 

New South Wales Branch Student Support for the 2016 New Zealand and Australian Soil Science Societies National Conference Queenstown New Zealand December 2016 -

winners to be announced shortly


New South Wales Branch 2016 Regional Forum Orange

Following another successful regional forum the NSW Branch Committee are pleased to make the papers from the forum available. Please use the links below to access papers from the Regional Forum and the Field Trip. 

New South Wales Orange Regional Forum presentations

New South Wales Orange Regional Forum Field Trip presentations


2015 HARALD JENSEN LECTURE

September 18  Lismore Far North Coast NSW

‘Sharing the love: Two decades of soils communication’

Rebecca Lines-Kelly joined NSW DPI in 1992 to make soils exciting. A journalist by training, she knew nothing about her subject, but fell in love with the mysterious fabric beneath our feet. Learning as she went, she inspired landholders and advisers to learn about the wonders and potential of our soils. In this year’s Harald Jensen lecture Rebecca reflects on changes she has seen in soils communication over the past 20 years and the insights she has gained.

When: Friday 18th September 2015
LIVE FROM SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY hosted by NSW Branch
LECTURE and ONLINE WEBINAR @ 5 PM to 6 PM (EST- NSW)

Contact – Justine Cox | justine.cox@dpi.nsw.gov.au| P: 02 6626 1197 | M: 0438 770 187  
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO CONNECT:
http://live.scu.edu.au/Mediasite/Play/01e1768393a74561ba76c7988100be241d

5PM FOR 5:15 PM (No need for SCU credentials, you can email and post the link for Live Streaming).

Made available free to all members of Soil Science Australia.
Please check your connection, make sure you have your headsets on and enjoy.


UNDERSTANDING URBAN SOILS SYMPOSIUM

at the University of Technology Sydney

Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th of October, 2015, 9 – 5 pm.

Organising committee:

Peter Bacon woodlot3@bigpond.com (ph 0427905440) Simon Leake simon@sesl.com.au (ph 02 9980 65554)

Pam Hazelton E: Pam.Hazelton@uts.edu.au  Jane Aiken  jane_aiken@bigpond.com (ph 0407 990 613)

DRAFT PROGRAM - & Call for Abstracts

Urban soils in iconic sites such as the SCG, golf courses, raceways, botanic gardens, parklands and residential development are integral to our enjoyment and lifestyle

BUT

  • How do we match soil properties to the diverse requirements of these sites? 
  • How do we manage urban pollution of soils?
  • Can we use urban waste to create/sustain urban soils?
  • Can we re-create soils for specific functions?

These are some of the crucial topics to be addressed at the symposium.

 

The symposium will consist of a series of theme ‘overview’ presentations followed by contributed papers.

 

Day 1.  Soils in an urban environment

  • Overview- Impact of urbanisation on soil properties
  • Review-Working with the changes in the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils in urban environments
  • Specifying soils for urban purposes
  • Review – soil characteristics for urban landscapes
  • Review- soil characteristics for turf areas
  • Review- specific soil properties for specialised areas, e.g green roofs
  • Soil requirements for Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)
  • Soils and urban stormwater management from erosion to retention
  • Soil requirements for urban farming

Day 2.  Managing problems in urban soils

  • Contaminated soil management-the regulatory environment
  • Contamination chemistry
  • Remediation of contaminated soils
  •  Design constraints due to soil on construction sites
  • Industrial waste as soil additives
  • Organic waste as soil additives
  • Compost options

There will be panel sessions to explore controversial issues.

There will also be a social dinner and opportunity to network with others who are interested in managing soil to create / maintain a desirable urban environment.

Attendance over the two days counts for up to 16 CPSS hours and may be tax deductible.

BOOKINGS AND RSVP - Book via these links  Member registration Public registration open on 6th August

COST:

Early bird registration (paid prior to Sept 15) Soil Science Australia member $150 or Non-member $200

Normal registration Member $200 or non member $250

One day attendance Member $125 or non member $150

Student or retired member 2 days $75 or one day $50

 

The symposium room holds a maximum of 80 people, so book early!!

All speakers including reviewers are expected to register for the Symposium.

Registration includes two morning teas, two lunches and two afternoon teas, symposium notes and venue hire.

Dinner and accommodation are NOT included, however we intend to have a social dinner at a nearby restaurant on the first evening.  

Attendance over the two days counts for up to 16 CPSS hours and may be tax deductible.

Please pass this meeting notice to colleagues and guests who might interested.

 

CONTRIBUTED PAPERS

Contributed papers are now invited.  The paper content should align with the symposium themes.

A maximum 2 page abstract should be sent to:

Dr Peter Bacon at woodlots3@bigpond.com by September 25.  Please feel to ring Peter on 02 94842700 if you have any questions.

 

An example abstract is shown below. NOTE the need to identify websites and other publications for future reference and reading by the participants.

REGIONAL FORUM ABSTRACT TEMPLATE CENTRED TIMES NEW ROMAN 14 PT SINGLE SPACING

AUTHOR, X.1, 2, AUTHOR, Y.1

1 Affiliation, Contact Details a.member@asssi.2009; 2 Affiliation, University, Department, Business, Contact Details b.newmember.com.au

Abstract Bold Lower Case

 

Indented margins, block aligned, single spacing.  Margins 2.5 cm all round. All text, 12 pt Times New Roman. Maximum length of extended abstract paper to be two pages. All technical papers to be structured to include introduction, method, results and discussion (but without partitioned headings).

Referencing style. Please use the Author-date system. The author – date system makes an in-text reference to an authority to identify instantly, in parentheses, the authority’s name and the year of publication (Commonwealth of Australia, 2002).

Reference lists should have the following characteristics:

  • with the exception of the titles of periodicals (journals, magazines and newspapers), minimal capitalisation is used
  • No full stops, and no spaces, are used with people’s initials.
  • Book and periodical titles are italicised.
  • Single quotation marks are used for the titles of chapters and other similar divisions in books and for the titles of articles in periodicals.
  • The elements of a citation are separated by commas.

For further information please refer to the Style Manual, which also describes the two other alternatives, the documentary-note system and the Vancouver system.

Author-date book and journal article referencing examples are provided below.

References and further reading:  Bold Lower Case

Marchelier, PM & Hughes, RG 1997, ‘New problems with foodborne diseases’, Medical Journal of Australia, vol 275, pp. 771-5.

Merry, G 1997, Food poisoning prevention, 2nd edn, Macmillan Education Australia, Melbourne.

Commonwealth of Australia 2002, Style Manual, 6th edn, John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd, Canberra.

NOTE : We especially encourage a further reading list including websites. 

 

 

 

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Awards

Visit Awards Page or download application forms below

J.A. Prescott Medal of Soil Science

J.K. Taylor, OBE, Gold Medal in Soil Science

Australian Society of Soil Science Inc Publication Medal

C.G. Stephens PhD Award in Soil Science

L.J.H Teakle Award

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