Riverina

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About the Branch and the State Soil

New members are always welcome to join the Riverina Branch of the Australian Society of Soil Science Inc.  Membership applications forms can be found through Membership link in the menu at the top of the page.

nswredchromosolThe Red Chromosol is the State Soil of New South Wales

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.

Riverina Branch Awards and Sponsorship

The Riverina Branch provides support for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Soil Science.  It does this by supporting postgraduate students attendance at conferences and the provision of an undergraduate student prize.

The Branch also awards honorary life membership to the Riverina Branch in recognition of service to the Branch and to Soil Science in general.

Soil Science Australia Riverina Branch Policy on Student Prize

Award: Soil Science Australia – Riverina Branch Student Prize

Eligibility: Any student enrolled in PSC415 Soil Management at Charles Sturt University in the year of the award.

Selection criteria: Awarded to the student with the highest aggregated mark for PSC415 in the year of the award.

Prize: Certificate, $200 cheque, and student membership to the ASSSI for one year.

Soil Science Australia Riverina Branch Policy on financial support for students to attend conferences.                     

1 Dec 2010 

Preamble

Students (generally post graduates) are supported to attend conferences in conjunction with the Federal Council on a ‘dollar for dollar’ basis, that is, with the Riverina Branch matching funds offered by Federal Council. Hence our general Conditions of Support align with those of Federal Council. However we reserve the ability to offer additional support under some circumstances. These circumstances might include:

  • the recent transfer of a post graduate student between Branches, involving the Riverina

Conditions of Support

  • The student should have been a member of the ASSSI Riverina Branch for at least 12 months prior to the Conference. It is suggested that Supervisors encourage Student Membership for all relevant post-graduate students.
  • The student must have a paper or poster accepted at the Conference.
  • The student must be prepared to make a presentation at a branch meeting, either presenting their conference paper or poster, or a fuller account of their studies.
  • A brief written report on the conference, and student’s own experience of it, is required.

Application

  • Applicants should submit a brief resume, the names of their supervisors, and a list of previously attended conferences, including sponsorship for the latter.
  • A budget of expenses (travel, accommodation, registration) should be submitted.
  • Applications for other funding e.g. Graham Centre travel scholarships, should be noted.

Evaluation

  • Applications will be evaluated by a committee, based on the Branch Executive, but with the power to co-opt a member if there is a concern over vested interests.
  • The outcome of the request for support will be conveyed in writing to the student as soon as practicable, including a reminder of the Conditions ofSupport, clauses 3 and 4.

Exceptional circumstances

There will inevitably be circumstances where the applicant cannot meet some of the Conditions of Support. Support under those circumstances should not be expected. However, the Branch retains the right to consider exceptional cases where:

  • benefit is likely for both the student and the Branch, and
  • funds permit.

Riverina Honour Board

Riverina Branch Life Members

Simon Pels     Mark Stannard     Warren Muirhead     Ary Van Der Lely

YEAR PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT TREASURER SECRETARY
2016 Sam North Jason Condon Jonathan Holland Geoff Hoffmann
2015 Sam North Jason Condon Jonathan Holland Geoff Hoffmann
2014 Sam North Jason Condon Jonathan Holland Geoff Hoffmann
2013 Sam North Mark Conyers Geoff Beecher Geoff Hoffmann
2012 Sam North Mark Conyers Geoff Beecher Philip Eberbach
2011 Mark Conyers Matthew Gardner Geoff Beecher Phillip Eberbach
2010 Mark Conyers Matthew Gardner Geoff Beecher Phillip Eberbach
2009 Geoff Beecher Mark Conyers Richard Early Phillip Eberbach
2008 Jason Condon Geoff Beecher Richard Early Mark Conyers
2007 Jason Condon   Richard Early Geoff Beecher
2006 Jason Condon   Richard Early Geoff Beacher
2005 Mark Conyers   Asitha Katupitiya Jason Condon
2004 Mark Conyers   Asitha Katupitiya Jason Condon
2003 John Thompson   Lindsay Evans Lindsay Evans
2002 John Thompson   Lindsay Evans Lindsay Evans
2001 Evan Christen   David Robinson John Hornbuckle
2000 Geoff Beecher   Harnam Gill Fiona Macdonald
1999 Geoff Beecher   Harnam Gill Fiona Macdonald
1998 Geoff Beecher   Myo Win Mark Conyers
1997 Geoff Beecher   Myo Win Mark Conyers
1997/98 P Eberbach   M Win M Conyers
1996/97 P Eberbach   M Win M Conyers
1995/6 JA Thompson   HG Beecher F Macdonald
1994/95 JA Thompson   HG Beecher F Macdonald
1993/94 WS Meyer   M Shepheard PJ Sinclair
1992/93 WS Meyer   M Shepheard PJ Sinclair
1991/92 HG Beecher   PDGunn G Baxter
1990/91 HG Beecher   PDGunn G Baxter
1989/90 RR Storrier   PJ Barker AS Black
1988/9 RR Storrier   PJ Barker AS Black
1987/8 D Hoey   S Prince PSlavich
1986/7 D Marston   S Prince PSlavich
1985/6 WA Muirhead   B Freeman D Hoey
1984/5 WA Muirhead   B Freeman D Hoey
1983/4 PE Bacon   S Prince HG Beecher
1982/3 PE Bacon   S Prince HG Beecher
1981/2 H Schroo   AJ Dare-Edwards C Vye
      Secretary/Treasurer  
1980/81 GD Batten   AJ Dare-Edwards  
1979/80 A van der Lelij   ID Kelly  
1978/9 ID Kelly   JA Thompson  
1977/8 RR Storrier   RJ Couch  
1976/77 PR Cary   A Heritage  
1975/6 JA Thompson   R Pym  
1974/5 S Pels   C Vye  
1973/74 RR Storrier   GJ Osborne  
1972/3 WA Muirhead   A van der Lelij  
1971/2 ME Stannard   ID Kelly  
1970/71 S Pels   C J Vye  
1969/70 JF Warren   AN Smith  
1968/9 GN Evans   WA Muirhead  
1967/8 SE Flint   ID Kelly  
1966/7 AJ Rixon   BJ Bridge  
1965/6 AC Taylor   RR Storrier  
1964/5 F Cope   PR Cary  
1963/4        
1962/3        
1961/2        

BJ Bridge 

1965/6AC Taylor RR Storrier 1964/5F Cope PR Cary 1963/4    1962/3    1961/2    

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