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About the Branch and the WA State Soil

WA State soil

The Western Australian Branch of the Australian Society of Soil Science Inc. is an active group promoting
the understanding and awareness of soil science through the State.

The most frequent event organised and promoted by the by Branch committee is the Soil Science seminar series, most often delivered at the University of Western Australia, Perth campus.

The Annual Boodja Lecture is held to acknowledge the important role of aboriginal understanding in the responsible management of our soil and land.

New members (full, associate and students) are always welcome to join the Western Australian Branch.

If you would like further information on the Western Australian Branch, inlcuidng membership applications, please feel welcome to contact one of Branch committee members.       

 The Western Australian State Soil is the Yellow Chromosol. 

Also known as Grey Sandy Duplex soils, Yellow Chromosols feature a sandy, usually grey coloured, topsoil over a mottled clay subsoil. Widespread in south-west WA, they are used for forestry, grazing, viticulture and cropping.

 

 

 

Soil Science Australia (WA Branch) hosts the 2017 Boodja Soil Science Lecture.

Boodja is a Noongar word for “land” and the lecture series acknowledges the important role of Aboriginal understanding in the responsible management of our soil and land.

This year the WA branch is honoured to receive the lecture from Professor Stephen Smith, Professor of Bioresource Systems and Head of Environmental and Water Resource Engineering at Imperial College London.

Peter has 25 years research experience investigating the treatment and agronomic properties of sludge and organic wastes recycled to land.

When: 24 August 4.30 – 6.30 pm
Where: Pre-lecture refreshments and networking at the Murdoch Tavern followed by the lecture in the Beazley Lecture Theatre
Cost: Free
RSVP: wa@soilscienceaustralia.org.au 

More information here

Boodja Lecturers 

2017 Professor Stephen Smith

2015 Professor Rob Fitzpatrick

2014  Emeritus Professor Alan Robson AO

2013  The National Advocate for Soil, former Governor-General, Major General the Hon. Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd)

 

History of the the Annual ‘Boodja’ Soil Science Lecture

Many years ago the WA Branch of Soil Science Australia had some part to play in the delivery of the annual Gentilli Lecture (initiated and coordinated by society member Dr Karl-Heinz Wyrwoll). While the Gentilli Lecture has continued, it is now promoted by the University of Western Australia’s Institute of Advanced Studies and it does not have a focus on Soil Science.

In 2011, WA Branch members voted to pursue the concept of re-initiating a Western Australian annual lecture in soil science – a lecture that could be delivered in an informal setting that would promote outstanding and prominent aspects of soil science in Western Australia.

After much consideration from the many options presented, the Annual Soil Science Lecture was given the name “Boodja” – a common Western Australian Aboriginal (Noongar) word for ‘land’ and a suitable match as this lecture series acknowledges the important role of Aboriginal understanding in the responsible management of the soil and land.

The Noongar people are the traditional owners of the South-West land division of Western Australia, which is defined by 14 different areas with varied geography and 14 dialectal groups. For thousands of years Noongar people have resided on and had a cultural connection to this land. Everything in our vast landscape has meaning and purpose, and the connection to Boodja (the land) is passed on through stories and expressive forms of art – which is what we hope to follow through this annual WA lecture series.

In 2012, the WA Branch was honoured to have the Australian Advocate for Soil Health and former Governor-General, Major General the Hon. Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd), present the inaugural lecture. This Lecture now takes its place amongst the other prominent annual lectures delivered in each state branch of Soil Science Australia.

 

Western Australia Honour Board

YEAR PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT TREASURER SECRETARY
2017 Deb Pritchard James Macfarlane Louise Barton Isaac Kelder
2016 Deb Pritchard Richard Bell Louise Barton James Macfarlane
2015 Deb Pritchard Richard Bell Louise Barton James Macfarlane
2014 Deb Pritchard Richard Bell Daniel Carter Wendy Vance
2013 Tim Overheu Richard Bell Daniel Carter Wendy Vance
2012 Tim Overheu Richard Bell Daniel Carter Louise Barton
2011 Christoph Hinz Richard Bell Daniel Carter Louise Barton
2010 Christoph Hinz Lynn Abbott Daniel Carter Louise Barton
2009 Christoph Hinz Lynn Abbott Daniel Carter Louise Barton
2008 Daniel Carter Keith Lindbeck   Christoph Hinz
2007 Daniel Carter Keith Lindbeck   Christoph Hinz
2006 Daniel Carter Keith Lindbeck   Christoph Hinz
2005 Daniel Carter Keith Lindbeck    
2004 Andrew Harley   Martin Wells  
2003 Andrew Harley   Martin Wells  
2002 Andrew Rate   Martin Wells Christoph Hinz
2001 Andrew Rate   Martin Wells Christoph Hinz
2000 Ian Fillery   Keith Lindbeck Mike Wong
1999 Ian Fillery   Keith Lindbeck Mike Wong
1998        
1997 Ian Fillery   Keith Lindbeck Mike Wong

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Awards

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J.A. Prescott Medal of Soil Science

J.K. Taylor, OBE, Gold Medal in Soil Science

Australian Society of Soil Science Inc Publication Medal

C.G. Stephens PhD Award in Soil Science

L.J.H Teakle Award

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