GSQ celebrates 150 years of unlocking Queensland’s economic success
For 150 years, from the first findings of gold in Queensland to the discovery of new age tech minerals, developing a deeper understanding of our geology has played an enormous role in transforming our state’s fledgling economy into a global resources powerhouse.
Celebrating 150 years of the Geological Survey of Queensland, Queensland Government Chief Geologist Tony Knight emphasised the importance of geological discovery which has played a major role in building the Queensland of today.
“Exploration success, whether relating to gold, coal, gas or minerals, has put our state on the world map – it has and always will be an essential industry and a major driver of our economy,” Mr Knight said.
“Following the birth of Queensland in 1859, the discovery of gold in Gympie helped to save our drought-afflicted economy and highlighted the value of mining to economic success.
“This led to the appointment of the first government geologists, Christopher Aplin and Richard Daintree, in 1868 – marking the beginning of the Geological Survey of Queensland.
“Our geologists have been using ground-breaking mapping and geological discovery techniques ever since to unlock the economic potential of Queensland’s resources.
“Today, Queensland is the world’s second largest seaborne exporter of coal, exporting half of all internationally traded metallurgical coal, we have the world’s largest silica sand mine at Cape Flattery, we produce nearly 70 per cent of Australia’s lead and more than a quarter of the nation’s copper, and are a world-leading gas producer and exporter.
“Discovering, mining and exporting these resources has created thousands of jobs around the state, attracted significant economic investment into regional Queensland, delivered billions of dollars in export royalties and now extends into the production of renewable energy infrastructure,” Mr Knight said.
“Tech metals like gallium, silica and rutile are essential for the construction of solar panels, steel and copper are the key proponents of a wind turbine and lithium carbonate and cobalt and graphite are what makes up batteries.
“And we are paving the way – Queensland’s North West Minerals Province is Australia’s largest producer of copper, lead, zinc and silver and rich deposits of lithium, cobalt, nickel and copper are scattered across the state.
“With years of experience behind us and the resources of the future beneath our soil, the Geological Survey of Queensland is adopting digital solutions in partnership with industry to help unlock the next 150 years of exploration success.”
A visual exhibition highlighting GSQ’s key achievements over the past 150 years is open for free public viewing in the ground level foyer of 1 William St, Brisbane between Monday 8 October and Friday 12 October.
Contact: James Eddy
Phone: 0439 311 698
Last updated 9 October 2018