Geoheritage: Protecting Western Australia’s rock stars
16 June, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Western Australia is endowed with an impressive array of geological and geomorphological features, from the world’s oldest terrestrial materials and oldest evidence for life, through ancient reefs, dinosaur footprints, meteorite impact sites, vast cave systems and spectacular gorges. These sites are an important part of the State’s heritage, being closely intertwined with Western Australia’s rich biological diversity and human stories. Distributed widely across the State and varying greatly in size and scale, sites must be adequately identified and carefully managed to ensure these unique localities are accessible to future generations.
Despite considerable public knowledge of the needs for and mechanisms of biological and cultural conservation, there is far less awareness of geological heritage and conservation. This talk aims to introduce the concept of geoheritage, explain how these sites are identified and managed within the state of Western Australia, and suggest ways in which we can all be involved in protecting WA’s rock stars!
Dr Sarah Martin is tonight’s guest speaker. She is a Palaeontologist working for the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA), a Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. Due to its long history of geological research and mapping, GSWA manages and delivers the State’s geological information to a wide range of stakeholders, in a variety of formats, including scientific publications, digital data and a range of books and pamphlets directed to the general public. Alongside State paleontological research and collection curation duties, Sarah is part of the team that manages the State Geoheritage register and answers enquiries relating to geoheritage and site access.