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    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Andrew Cripps

    World geologists in Brisbane for resource congress

    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Andrew Cripps

    Monday, August 06, 2012

    World geologists in Brisbane for resource congress

    Brisbane this week has become ‘centre of the universe’ for more than 5000 of the world’s leading geologists.

    Delegates to the International Geological Congress will discuss how geoscience contributes directly to the future of the world’s resource-based industries, land and water management, and mitigation of geohazards.

    Natural Resources and Mines Minister, Andrew Cripps, said the congress attracted about 6000 delegates, with about 4500 from overseas, including large contingents from Russia and China.

    “It is a great opportunity for Queensland to promote its vast mineral and energy resources and exploration potential, as well as the quality of work done by our geoscientists,” he said.

    “This congress is important for helping policy-makers to identify the key settings for economic growth so we use our resources in a way that meets present and future demands.

    “Queensland is a resource-rich state and our geologists have a lot of experience and information to share about sustainable development, but of course they’ll be looking forward to hearing the insights of their colleagues from elsewhere around the world.”

    The congress is held once every four years. This is only the second time in 134 years it has been held in Australia.

    The Geological Congress is the largest geological event to be held in Australia, and is expected to bring more than $18 million dollars in economic benefits to Queensland, representing a significant investment in the state’s tourism, hotel and entertainment industries.

    Organisers say this session will help to promote the region's geoscience strengths, innovations and natural wonders.

    A program of associated field trips includes the North West Minerals Province around Mt Isa, the Bowen and Surat basins, north Queensland, Fraser Island and the Whitsundays.

    The theme for the week at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is “Unearthing our Past and Future - Resourcing Tomorrow”.

    It will include an exposition, an education outreach program, and a support program to encourage young delegates to attend.

    [ENDS] 6 August 2012

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