A Celebration of the career of Paul McClelland

November 27, 2017

Over 75 surveyors from both the private sector and many colleagues from the department attended a retirement function for Paul McClelland at the Landcentre on Friday 17 November 2017.

Following graduation from the University of Queensland in 1974, Paul McClelland worked in the private sector for a short while prior to joining the then Department of Mapping and Surveying on 26 July 1982.

Paul completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 with majors in Geography and Computing Science, commencing in the Department of Geographic Information in May 1991 before moving to the new Department of Lands in December that year. 

As an expert in cadastral reinstatement, Paul has actively been involved in trying to resolve many survey problem areas throughout Brisbane including:

  • Thorn Street, Red Hill
  • Yarradale Street, Newmarket
  • Gowrie Street, Annerley

He has also been called on as an expert witness to assist various courts resolve ongoing disputes between adjoining owners.

In November 2008, Paul was appointed Principal Spatial Information Officer (Surveying) within South Region responsible for plan examination across the state.  Outside of the Department, Paul has also been very active within his professional association.

He became a corporate Member of the Institution of Surveyors, Australia in 1981 and was elected as a member of Divisional Committee in 1994 before becoming the Vice President of the Queensland Division in 1995 and President in 1996.

In 1997, the Queensland Division elected Paul to the Initial Council of the Queensland Surveying Society.  He was consequently elected as Chairman of the Initial Council and President of the Queensland Surveying Society.

Paul was subsequently elected a Fellow of the Institution of Surveyors Australia for his contribution to the profession.

His contribution to the profession via the Survey Industry Response Group, and the Queensland Surveying Society later resulted in the merger of the national professional associations to form the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute.

Paul has demonstrated a long and consistent commitment to the surveying profession in Queensland and is respected and admired by his fellow surveyors for his comprehensive knowledge of reinstatement and his integral knowledge of land administration in Queensland.

We all join together in congratulating Paul on his career which included 36 years with the department and wish him and his wife Cay the very best wishes for the future as he commences the next phase of his life.

To read Peter Swan's Retirement Speech for Paul McClelland click here.


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