The Geospatial Council of Australia has held its inaugural Board Meeting and formally ratified Peter Woodgate as President. This was the first opportunity for the Board to meet and begin preparations for the Geospatial Council’s official launch in March 2023.
The Board also ratified the appointment of Paul Digney and Alistair Byrom as Deputy Presidents. Both Deputy Presidents will provide support and strategic guidance and act as President when required. In addition, Jacinta Burns, Kate Ramsay, Darren Mottolini and Roshni Sharma were ratified as Directors of The Geospatial Council.
The Geospatial Council’s President Peter Woodgate thanked members for putting their trust in him to lead this industry lead peak geospatial body and acknowledged this is an exciting time for the sector as we are on the cusp of substantial growth in all areas.
‘In order for us to take advantage of all the opportunities ahead we need to build a strong foundation for The Council so we can dedicate our time and resources to the areas that really matter for our members,’ Dr Woodgate said.
‘The one critical issue that unites our industry is the need to build industry capability and capacity and as such Workforce Development will be our initial core focus,’ he said.
Dr Woodgate said that over coming weeks the Geospatial Council’s Board will focus on setting the strategic direction for the Council and ensure it effectively represents both individual and organisation members.
As the transition to the Geospatial Council of Australia occurs, members of the former Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA|GITA) will be notified of how their existing membership will transfer to the new peak industry body.