Significant geological sites within urban Melbourne – Technical Presentation

Neville Rosengren

This Technical Presentation followed by a Field Trip on 16 April
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In 1970, the Victorian Division of the Geological Society of Australia initiated work to create an inventory of geological features and landforms which in various ways are relevant to the interests of the public, research, teachers, government bodies, authorities and corporations, and of the private land owners on whose properties many examples are situated. The fruits of this labour were published for the Australian Heritage Commission in 1980 as the ‘Geological features of the National Estate in Victoria’; a listing of some 900 sites, many of which are within the Greater Melbourne region.

Geological and geomorphic sites of significance have continued to be evaluated and documented by the Geological Heritage Subcommittee of the Geological Society of Australia (Victoria Division).

The Wednesday evening presentation, and subsequent field trip on Saturday, will discuss the geological and geomorphic significance of the sites, along with site management and ongoing threats to these important features. The field trip in particular will provide an opportunity for our members to explore the engineering issues associated with the protection and management of these sites into the future. As we will see, these important sites allow for engineering ground classification and interpretations not otherwise possible from a borehole log and hand sample alone.

About Neville Rosengren

s200_neville.rosengrenNeville Rosengren is a geomorphologist with 45 years of experience in research, teaching and consultancy in Australia and overseas. Over this time, he has been engaged as a consultant by State and Commonwealth Government agencies, major private sector environmental consulting firms and was senior environmental consultant to the United Nations University programme on coastal resources management in Indonesia.

Neville has been involved with the identification, protection and teaching at Sites of Geological and Geomorphic Significance since the 1970’s. He published studies of such sites around the greater Melbourne area. He has long had an active interest in the conservation of geological sites and has published major inventories of sites on a regional and thematic scale. Since relinquishing his position as Senior Lecturer in Earth Science (so he could live in New Zealand), he has remained active in consultancy and community coastal interpretation programmes in Victoria. Neville is now an Honorary Associate of La Trobe University and a member of the Science Panel of the Victorian Coastal Council.

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