January 31, 2019


February 2019

In this issue:


  1. Events News - WIS Off and Racing!
  2. Member Spotlight & New Members' Welcome 
  3. Latest Industry Updates: BOSSI
  4. News from Stakeholders and Further Afield

eventS NEWS

Women In Spatial is Off and Racing in NSW for 2019 with the launch on February 22nd!

Please join us for an amazing late afternoon and evening with 2 CPD points on offer!

Mary-Ellen Feeney, returned from Homeward Bound, will speak on Leadership in STEM.

This will be followed by a lively and interactive panel session, facilitated by Raelene Forbes who herself will be part of Homeward Bound 4, to provide context and stimulate ideas with the focus being on gender equity.

Each panellist will then lead a workshop group concentrating in on the top three issues that SSSI should be focussing on to affect change for WIS.

Post workshop we will have an opportunity to network together and enjoy a wonderful three course meal plus night racing under lights!

In support of International Women's Day and Team Teal (for Ovarian Cancer) this is an event not to be missed!

Bookings via: 

#Balance for Better - WIS Event

Member SPOTLIGHT - 5 Minutes with ....... raelene FOrbes

Please give us an idea of your professional background.  
I have a degree in Spatial Information Science and I've been working in GIS since 2007. My first GIS job was with UBD, adding house numbers to the UBD street directory. Since then I've had a number of GIS roles in the road navigation, NRM, Biosecurity and Agriculture industries. In 2018 I joined Snowy Hydro Limited to lead their Spatial Services group and implement their strategic vision for GIS. To be asked to join such an iconic company and lead such a integral project is a huge thrill and I am loving it (even on the tough days).

Tell us what is the most enlightening project that you are or have been involved in? 
I'd have to nominate my current project to implement our GIS strategy for this one. Each day I am learning or touching on something that is new to my understanding or experience, such as the unique challenges of operating not only in a National Park but also within an Alpine region; how the historical legacy of the Snowy Mountains Scheme continues to have impact on our operations; the utilities industry and the fundamentals of asset management. I'm really seeing how GIS is not only a great analytical tool but also its value as a connective thread between seemingly disparate systems and data. One of the most enduring things this project has taught me is the benefit of networking, even within your own company. By that I mean simply talking to people, finding out what they are doing, being curious. This is the first time in my career where I've really embraced this approach, and as a result I've been amazed at how willing people have been at all levels of the business to step outside traditional functional boundaries and collaborate on both tactical and strategic initiatives to meet common goals. 

What is the best thing you’ve experienced since becoming a GIS professional? 
The best thing I have experienced, and I've witnessed this numerous times, is the willingness and openness of the people within our industry to share their ideas, skills, knowledge, processes with others. We're a bit like children who can't wait to run up to mum and dad and show them the cool thing they did at school that day! I hope this never changes because this is key to driving innovation and growth, and ensures the long term viability of our industry. 

What are you most looking forward to being a part of in the next six months?
Ooooh that's a tough one, there's so much on the agenda for 2019! I would have to say participating in the Homeward Bound program as part of the fourth cohort would be the most exciting thing. I'm currently following Mary-Ellen Feeney's journey on this program and the reality that this is now part of my story is hitting home. I get to develop and hone my leadership skills with an amazing group of brilliant and diverse scientific women from around the world and work on issues that matter to me. Ticking off my number one bucket list item - Antarctica - is just the cherry on the cake! 

Okay, as a local give us your tips for the best coffee and dining out in your area.
My area is Cooma, so if you're ever in town, you can't beat The Courtyard Coffee Shop in Vale St for a great coffee and friendly service. If it's dinner your after, then it has to be either the iconic Alpine Hotel or Roses Lebanese Restaurant. 

Finally, with SSSI being a national organisation, what is your favourite holiday destination? 
In Australia, I would have to say anywhere along the west coast. I did a road trip with some friends from Fremantle to Broome a few years ago and it made such a lasting impression on me. As someone who is used to the relatively lush east coast environment, seeing the Indian Ocean waters butting right up to the dry West Australian landscapes seemed so alien and yet so beautiful. Something about that contrast really spoke to me. The highlight for me was ticking off another bucket list item: swimming with the whale sharks off Ningaloo Reef, not just once but 4 or 5 times in the one day. It was unforgettable!
Note that you can catch-up with Raelene at the WIS 2019 Launch event on February 22nd.

Raelene presents the Postgraduate Student Award 2018 to Dr Craig Roberts, who accepted on behalf of his student, Kenneth Tsang, at the APSEAs NSW Gala Dinner.

New Members' WELCOMe!

A very warm welcome to SSSI to the following new members:

Joshua Benn
Rick Carruthers
Dr Hsing-Chang Chang
Eryan Chen
Christopher Diplock
Benjamin Dixon
Matthew English
Dwayne Esparon
Chad Ferrett
Daniel Fowler
Kellie Grady
Victoria Graham
Gregory Gruber
Eloise Harch
Russell Hinze
Lan-Anh Ho
Bernard Hollis
Jin Kook Hong
Vicknaa Jeishangar
Edward King
Charles Laverty
Robert Lee Lewes
Janice Leung
Matthew Looyen
Yi Lu
Joao Luz
Scott Lytton
Nicholas Milverton
Vanessa Morris
Melissa Mostyn
Dr Charity Mundava
Anne Murray
James O'Kane
Mark Oxenham
Neil Francis Perol
Jemma Pursehouse
Peter Schmidt
Clancy Sharp
Paul Sinka
Ashley Stuart-Street
Kaila Tonge
Matthew Tuckwell
Joanne Verdon
Yunhao Wu
Yutong Wu
Yue Wu


The Board of Surveying & Spatial Information (BOSSI) invites you to participate in a stakeholder survey. The purpose of the survey is to obtain your insights which will then be utilised, along with information from other stakeholdersm to inform the development of the 2019-2021+ BOSSI Strategic Plan.

You can access the survey via this link and we also encourage you to share it amongst your networks to ensure BOSSI has a broad range of participation.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Responses will be anonymous and analysed in aggregate. Your participation is greatly appreciated and BOSSI (along with SSSI) thanks you in advance for your input.

The survey will be open for completion until CoB Monday 11th of February 2019.


NSW Tafe are seeking a Temporary Teacher Spatial Information Services, National Environment Centre, Thurgoona.

For more details visit: Temp-Teacher Spatial Information Services-NEC.pdf


items of interest 

World of Drones - Free Sydney event - Wednesday, 6/02/2019

Meet the game changers who have revolutionised the underwater robotics industry

ACS' Deep Tech Series - to book: 


As a Member Advantage member, you can access a great range of additional benefits when you join HCF as a corporate member. These include:

A joining bonus: Get Couples or Family cover and receive a $200 EFT reward, or get Singles cover and receive a $100 EFT reward when you join between 18 February 2019 and 18 March 2019*.

Discounted premiums: Enjoy a corporate discount on HCF’s already reduced corporate prices

100% back on selected extras: Get 100% back on many dental, optical, physio, chiro and podiatry claims from over 10,000 participating providers*.

Claim more with limit boost: top up your annual limit on dental and optical. This kicks in after 12 months on your extras cover and grows every year up to year six*.

Visit your SSSI Member Advantage benefits website to find out more or call 1800 007 654.

*Terms and conditions apply.

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