Northern & Central Groups

Our regional groups were formed to provide services to spatial professionals living from Mackay north and west to the Northern Territory border (Northern Group), and from Gympie to Gladstone and west (Central Group). However spatial professionals from anywhere in the State are welcome to participate in Northern & Central Group activities, including conferences, meetings, and other professional development events.

The Northern Group Conference is held annually in Townsville, Cairns or Mackay.  The Central Group Conference rotates around key centres such as Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Gladstone and Rockhampton.  In 2020, a joint Central and Northern Group conference is currently being planned.

The SSSI Northern and Central Groups are recognised by the SSSI as a Queensland Region sub-group with representation on the Queensland Regional Committee (QRC).

Early Career Support Fund

The Northern & Central Groups are very proud to announce that applications are now open for their annual round of bursaries to support students and recent graduates in the regions.

Financial support will be available to attend SSSI events and/or university residential schools.

So if you are studying or a recent graduate in the surveying and spatial sciences field, apply now:

Applications close on 27 September 2019.

The 2018 winners of the Northern Group bursary were really grateful to receive the funds, so we encourage you to apply. See their testimonials below:

The bursary program was a great initiative which helped me on my study pathway. I used the bursary to subsidise my travel and accommodation for the September Residential School in Toowoomba. As I live in Ingham in North Queensland there is some substantial travel costs, on average travel from Ingham to Toowoomba costs around $400 with accommodation costing approximately $450-$550. Overall a residential school costs around $1000 and the $500 bursary helped me to achieve my goals and education ambitions. I encourage anyone eligible to apply this year as I will be definitely trying to obtain assistance once again.
Mitchell Whittington

I used the 2018 Bursary fund to attend surveying practicals 2 & 3 at USQ in February 2019 (2018 Semester 3). The $500 subsidised the trip by covering the cost of the plane tickets and a portion accomodation (there were two x 4 day practicals over two weeks). This was really helpful as travelling for the practicals is expensive, not only in outright cost, but also lost income. Making the practicals more achievable financially has made it easier to reach the point in my studies that I can apply to be a surveying associate.
Vaughn Golding

I attended a residential school (Surveying and Spatial Science Practice 4) in February this year at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba campus. This involved me having to travel to Toowoomba for the week. The SSSI Northern Group Student Bursary made the trip a lot more financially friendly as I was able to put the funds towards flights to Brisbane and Accommodation in Toowoomba. Thanks to SSSI for the funds, greatly appreciated!
Jake Linnett


The Northern Group is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 program.  All four deserving recipients receive $500 to assist with travel costs to attend their residential schools at university.

Vaughn Golding 
Vaughn is 28 and moved to Queensland in January 2017 and moved to Townsville this year. He previously lived in Adelaide and rural SA.

He is currently working as a Surveying Assistant with RPS Townsville and studying a BSPH (Cadastral) at USQ. Vaughn previously studied 3 subjects of a BSci (Spatial) at UniSA in 2016 and has previously completed a double B.Eng (Mining) (honours) & B.Sci (Geology, Geophysics and Applied Geology) at The University of Adelaide from 2009-2013.

Vaughn expects to become a Surveying Associate through SBQ upon completion of his 2nd year practicals in February 2019. He is really enjoying surveying and likes that he will get to work both outside and in the office.

Jake Linnett
Jake is a Surveyor at Rowlands Surveys in Townsville. He has been working for Rowlands Surveys for approximately 8.5 years now, after acquiring the job directly out of high school. Jake completed the Associate degree of Spatial Science 2 years ago and has recently re-enrolled into the Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours) (Surveying).

Fletcher Magill
Fletch started his career early 1994 as a GIS data entry officer, employed to input utlilities and planning instruments from paper based to digital record, also involved with building a very innaccurate and incomplete DCDB.  

He started working with Registered Surveyor Robert Canty in early 1999 and been working in cadastral and engineering survey companies and agencies, since.

Bob really instilled in me a meticulous attitude and ethic to survey work, enjoy it, have a sense of humour and not to bite from the hand that feeds, well, in a literal sense.

He moved to Cairns at the height of the GFC, luckily there was still FIFO work around, which helped pay the bills with a new family coming on board.  Since 2011 he has been with Cairns Regional Council, whereby Fletch already completed my Associate Degree and wishes to now to complete the Graduate program.

Mitchell Whittington
Mitch, 27 yrs old, was born and raised in in Ingham. He commenced a cadetship with Hinchinbrook Shire Council in 2009 and began an Associate Degree in Spatial Science in 2009 with University of Southern Queensland, which he completed in June 2013.

In 2015, Jake commenced a Bachelor in Spatial Science Technology with University of Southern Queensland, which he finished in 2016 and has now undertaking a Bachelor in Spatial Science (Honours) with USQ.

He is a Surveying Graduate with the Surveyors Board of Queensland and a member of the Young Professionals Committee of SSSI.

Mitchell is currently employed as the Engineering Surveyor with Hinchinbrook Shire Council.

SSSI Townsville Town Group Convenor Paul Hoskins presents certificates to our Townsville based winners

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