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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.



6-7 July 2017


The Hunter Valley is undergoing major changes in landuse, with increasing pressure to be more ‘productive’. Local issues include more urban development, the legacies of coal mining, industry and power station activity, significant land and water contamination, and the need to increase food production from the relatively poor local soils. Changing climate is a further complication.

This meeting will focus on identifying and addressing these issues. The major themes of the meeting include:

  • The new CRC for High Performance Soils-UoN hub-what will it mean to the Hunter Region?
  • Land use changes – social and policy issues
  • Mine site rehabilitation and revegetation
  • Land and water contamination
  • The roles of soils in sustainable management of waste---the End of Waste Process?
  • Management of waste to improve soil productivity.

Click here for more information and here to register online.


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:

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


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


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

Contact – Justine Cox || P: 02 6626 1197 | M: 0438 770 187  

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.


at the University of Technology Sydney

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

Organising committee:

Peter Bacon (ph 0427905440) Simon Leake (ph 02 9980 65554)

Pam Hazelton E:  Jane Aiken (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


  • 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


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 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 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.



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

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. 




2015 Regional Meeting Moree



Join your colleagues and our experts with discussion of

  • The interaction between mining and agriculture and the roles of (Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land) (BSAL) assessments 
  • Soil Carbon; its roles in soil health and how to achieve increased carbon sequestration
  • Regional issues including soil health under current management
  • Field Excursion Black Mountain, Bellata, Edgeroi – NSW’s most productive and expensive agricultural soils
  • Australian Cotton Research Institute, Narrabri
  • Coal seam gas – operations in the Pilliga

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS –Abstracts due 19th June 2015     Use the attached Template for abstracts

 Booking via Soil Science Australia website (Events) RSVP – M: 0407 990 613

Credit to CPSS professional development hours

The attached pdf has the draft program.

Please extend this invitation to your colleagues and students.

This is a great opportunity to workshop Current issues for Soil Science. 

Travel to Moree - car-pooling available….. save the date and book now.

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