Oustanding Contribution to Mining Finalist: Lindsay Gilligan

Lindsay Gilligan is a finalist in the 5th Annual Prospect Awards for his dedicated service to the mining industry as a geologist.

Lindsay Gilligan has been contributing towards the minerals industry in his role as a geologist for more than four decades.

His career has focused on the geology of mineral resources and fostering mineral exploration and discovery in NSW. He has published widely on this subject.

Today, Gilligan is the 14th Chief Government Geologist and the Director of the Geological Survey of New South Wales, a branch of the Department of Primary Industries.

He has made an exceptional and extended contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the geology and mineral resource potential of NSW.

Based in Maitland, Gilligan leads a team of geoscientists and other specialists in the Geological Survey.

The Survey 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.

He is responsible for 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.

The Director General of the Department of Primary Industries Richard Sheldrake said Gilligan was a highly respected member of the Australian geoscience community. “Lindsay has 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.”

Recently, Gilligan was honored in the 2008 Queens Birthday Awards with a Public Service Medal.

A geology graduate from The University of New South Wales, Gilligan holds a master of Applied Science and Master of Business Administration degrees.

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