Geologist awarded service medal

The NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Geological Survey Director, Lindsay Gilligan was recently honoured in the 2008 Queens Birthday Awards with a prestigious Public Service Medal.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Geological Survey Director, Lindsay Gilligan was recently honoured in the 2008 Queens Birthday Awards with a prestigious Public Service Medal.

Director General of DPI Richard Sheldrake today congratulated Lindsay saying the award was recognition not only of his wide ranging and distinguished career but of his outstanding service to geoscience, mineral resource assessment and enhancing mineral exploration in this State.

“The Public Service Medal is an important award within the Australian Honours system and recognises the community contribution made by public service officers through the outstanding performance of their duties” said Richard.

“Lindsay is the 14th Chief Government Geologist and Director of the Geological Survey of New South Wales, a branch of the Department of Primary Industries, and has made an exceptional contribution to the increased and intensified knowledge and understanding of the geology and mineral resource potential of NSW.”

Lindsay leads a highly motivated team of well qualified geoscientists and related specialists based in Maitland. The Geological Survey itself has a proud scientific heritage dating back to its establishment as part of the then Department of Mines in 1875.

The Geological Survey is the State Government’s principal geoscience agency which provides information and advice to government, the exploration and mining industry and the community on the state’s geology, mineral resources, and land use planning.

“Lindsay has played an instrumental role in designing and managing Government mineral exploration initiatives over the past 13 years to help unlock mineral resource potential in parts of NSW — greatly stimulating exploration investment in the state — which currently stands at a record $144m for 2006/07.

“As Director of the Geological Survey, Lindsay leads the implementation of the Government’s highly successful New Frontiers mineral exploration initiative which has just been renewed for another three years in the recent State Budget,” said Richard.

“Lindsay has also worked closely with other government agencies to develop an improved land access environment for mineral exploration and mining in this State.

The positioning of NSW as a mineral exploration investment destination to the national and international market has been an important focus for Lindsay in recent years working closely with the other states and the Commonwealth.

Lindsay, a highly respected member of the Australian geoscience community, here and abroad, is a geology graduate with honours from the University of New South Wales.

He also holds Master of Applied Science and Master of Business Administration degrees.

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