Yardie Gorge - image courtesy Milo Barham

Western Australia



For questions regarding the WA Division please email wittww@iinet.net.au

Download 2020 GSA WA Division Annual Report

A Call for Rock Specimens!
Curtin University is seeking your assistance to help us assemble 150 rock and mineral specimens for a unique museum display / art installation in the form of a vertical 'rock wall', showcasing in Western Australian geology. This will form a permanent exhibit in a new building currently under construction at Curtin, and will be accompanied by a pamphlet or online resource that will provide some basic details of each unique specimen. The criteria to be included are as follows:

  • Must be from WA and all different
  • Each ideally 10 to 20 cm (fist to football) in size
  • Natural rock/mineral specimens rather than cut and polished slabs preferred
  • Aesthetically pleasing, robust and nonhazardous
  • Rock specimens to be representative examples of a particular rocktype
  • Mineral specimens can be single crystals or aggregates

Sources of all donated specimens will be gratefully acknowledged. 
If you have anything you’d like to contribute, please contact Pete Kinny: p.kinny@curtin.edu.au or phone 08 92667978.

Talks & Events
Monthly Meeting

Date: First Wednesday of each month (except December and January)
Location: Spacecubed, 45 St George’s Terrace Perth WA 6000. https://spacecubed.com/space/riff/
Time: Drinks start 5.30pm, talks start at 6.00pm
Info: wittww@iinet.net.au

Upcoming Events

Previous Division Meetings and Events

3 March 2021 – WA Division Meeting
Speakers: Dr Vladimir Puzyrev and Dr Mario Zelic (Rio Tinto Group)
Topic: Analysis of geochemical datasets with deep learning: an application to WACHEM database

4 November 2020 - WA Division Meeting 
Speaker: Bill Power (Power Geoscience) 
TopicFluid Flow and Faults – new constraints from outcrop and fault seal studies

7 October 2020 - WA Division Annual General Meeting & Monthly Division Talk
The Annual General Meeting will precede the Monthly Talk. 
Speaker: Raphael Baumgartner (Research Associate, University of New South Wales)
Topic: Sulfidized stromatolites of the 3.48 billion-year-old Dresser Formation, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia: A “benchmark” for the oldest evidence of life on Earth

27 September 2020 - WA Division Star Swamp Geotrail Project Field Trip
Details: Friends of Star Swamp, GSA WA Division, Geoparks WA and City of Stirling invite you to assist in researching and presenting the geological heritage of Star Swamp. This information will be interpreted to inform the establishment of a geo-trail within Star Swamp. Alan Briggs and David Pike will be facilitating this fieldtrip and the Friends of Star Swamp have pre-booked the venue.
Time: 9.00 am
Location: Meeting point is car park 50 m south of the Henderson Environment Centre - North end of Groate Street, North Beach, Western Australia 6020
Cost: Free

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Walk – David Pike will lead a walk around Star Swamp
  • Workshop findings – coordinated by Alan Briggs (GSA WA members are encouraged to research Star Swamp prior to the event)
  • Where to from here – Alan Briggs


2 September 2020 - WA Division Monthly Meeting 
Speaker: Sam Spinks, CSIRO Mineral Resources
Topic: The WA Manganese Belt: Debunking the myth of the Proterozoic sedimentary ‘manganese hiatus’, and demonstrating WA’s potential as a battery metals state

May 2020 - WA Division Online Presentation
Presenter: Vitor Barrote (Monash University and Curtin University)
Topic: 4D evolution of replacement-type VHMS ore systems in the Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia
Abstract: The discovery of mineral deposits is critical to the long-term sustainability of the Australian mining industry. Innovative approaches to mineral exploration and the application of state-of-the-art research techniques to improve the comprehension and detection of ore bodies is fundamental to address the formidable challenges posed by Australia’s complex geological framework and paucity of outcrops. 4D evolutionary models of ore deposits can be generated by combining geological observations with data from several isotopic systems, in a multi-disciplinary approach, to constrain the timing of major geological processes present in the development of a deposit. These models contribute to a better understanding of the evolutionary framework of an ore deposit, the timing of mineralisation, and the processes that drive metal supply and precipitation. This is particular true in Archean replacement-type VHMS deposits, where the syn-volcanic timing of the mineralisation is not always clear. Ultimately the construction of a 4D framework culminates in the development of new or improved exploration tools.

Watch: Click here

4 March 2020 - WA Division Meeting
Speaker: Jessica Stromberg (CSIRO)
Topic: Sniffs of an Archean Sedimentary Copper System in the World’s Oldest Lake

27th February 2020 - GESSS-WA, Forming the 2020 Organising Committee
Want to be part of organising the next GSA Student Symposium, connect with WA organisations and industries? Come along to the GESSS-WA BBQ where we will begin work on forming the new Organising Committee 2020.
Location: Matilda Bay, BBQ Area, Hackett Drive, Nedlands WA 6009
Website: https://gessswa.wixsite.com/2019
Facebook: GESSS.WA

5 February 2020 - WA Division Meeting
Speaker: Heidi Allen (Geological Survey of Western Australia)
Topic: Thoracic (Kalbarri National) Park - fresh eyes on an old hunting ground


Chair: Ignacio (Nacho) Gonzalez-Alvarez (CSIRO)
E: Ignacio.Gonzalez-Alvarez@csiro.au

Vice Chair: Vacant

Secretary: Walter Witt (Consultant)
E: wittww@iinet.net.au

Treasurer: Vacant

General Committee Members:
Paul Duuring (GSWA)
Stephen Barnes (CSIRO)
Svetlana Tessalini (Curtin)
Trevor Beardsmore (GSWA)
Kailah Thorn (UWA Museum)
Mario Zelic (Rio Tinto)
Victoria Cousins (student rep UWA)
Raiza Mendez-Quintero (student rep Curtin)

Convenor (Awards Subcommittee):
Pete Kinny 
(Curtin University)
E: P.Kinny@curtin.edu.au

Convenor (Geoeducation Subcommittee):
Anais Pages (CSIRO)

Convenor (Geoheritage Subcommittee):
Margaret Brocx

Convenor (Stratigraphic Nomenclature Subcommittee):
Peter Haines (Geological Survey of WA)

Field Trips Coordinator
Martin Nguyen (Rio Tinto)

WA Division Diversity & Inclusion Champion
Kailah Thorn

WA Division Instagram Champion
Raiza Quintero-Mendez

WA Division Instragram Coordinator
Morgan Cox

WA Division Facebook Champion
Cat Gill (UWA)

WA Division LinkedIn Champion
Mario Zelic

List of prospective sponsors for GSA-WA membership applications
Matthew Crowe
E: matt.crowe@bhpbilliton.com

Roger McNaughton
E: roger.w.mcnaughton@bhpbilliton.com

Charles Butt
E: charles.butt@csiro.au

Ignacio Gonzalez-Alvarez
E: ignacio.gonzalez-Alvarez@csiro.au

Bruce Hobbs
E: bruce.hobbs@csiro.au

Sandra Occhipinti 
E: sandra.occhipinti@csiro.au

Erick Ramanaidou
E: erick.ramanaidou@csiro.au

Curtin University
Milo Rory Barham
E: milo.barham@curtin.edu.au

Edith Cowan University
Ross Dowling
E: r.dowling@ecu.edu.au

Earth Science WA
Joanne Watkins
E: joanne.watkins@csiro.au

Stuart Robinson
E: srobinson@fmgl.com.au

Geological Survey of Western Australia
Heidi Allen
E: heidi.allen@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Trevor Beardsmore
E: trevor.beardsmore@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Peter Haines
E: Peter.HAINES@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Simon Johnson
E: simonpaul.johnson@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Michael Wingate
E: michael.wingate@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Walter Witt
E: wittww@iinet.net.au

Rio Tinto
Bryan Bowden
E: bryan.bowden@riotinto.com

University of Western Australia
Alison Ord
E: alison.ord@uwa.edu.au