COVID Lockdown

Well I think we can all agree that we will be happy to see the back of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Whilst 3 days of lockdown is not that bad, if only the lockdown started from Wednesday morning!

So as you will all have likely realised by now, the news from the State Government regarding the COVID lockdown in Brisbane means we are unable to hold the Georabble event tomorrow. We are obviously disappointed, we were all very excited to get out and see everyone again.

So, to provide some good news, we are not cancelling, we are merely delaying the event for a month. Same venue, same speakers, same excitement and fun will now be had on a new date.

Provisionally we are scheduled for 21st April, but we are just finalising rearrangements. But pencil that date in your diary. 

And trust me, the wait will be worth it, its going to be a lot of fun!

I hope everyone enjoys the virtual Locate, and Happy Easter!  See you in a month

Georabble Brisbane Update

Wow, you lot are keen for a night out! The response has been great with over 100 already registered and many more confirming every day. Its going to be a great night at the Charming Squire. Don’t leave it to the last minute to book, we will have to cut off the registrations when we hit 180. So sign up here

We have confirmed our first three speakers and at least one more to join the list.

The amazing Jess Watson from the Dept of Resources is doing some incredible work Using AI to Accurately Position Queensland’s Property Boundaries. A hugely important project that just happens to also save money, save time, and improve data that underpins pretty much everything else.

Marcus Toyne describes himself as “self-confessed geek with a love of all things spatial” which is kind of the perfect description if you want to speak at a future Georabble. Marcus is going to talk about some of the work done across Queensland Gov on bushfire severity mapping

Wayne Lee-Archer goes one step further in his profile, describing himself as follows: “Describing myself as a ‘zealot’ would severely understate the level of passion I have for GIS, location intelligence and the rise of the developer

Wayne has a fascinating topic – Mapping with Integrity

Many will understand the the responsibility we have as geospatial scientists to accurately represent the truth – like representing borders and not publishing images of Australia looking like the whole country is on fire and letting celebrity Instagram accounts spread the map as fact.

We will be arranging some food thanks to the very kind people from


And if you want to start early after a long day at the Locate Conference Live site, the SSSI APSEA-Q Drinks will be holding a happy hour at 5pm downstairs at Charming Squire (no registration required). Some of the award winners and nominees will be attendance, please go and say hello.

Georabble RETURNS!

Wow, what a year its been, and a LONG time between a real life, live Georabble. So imagine our excitement when restrictions eased, vaccines started appearing and we are able to hold an actual, in person Georabble!

First things, first, the amazing Charming Squire are the ones who have made this possible by making a venue available in these challenging times for all areas of hospitality.

We will be holding the event on Tuesday the 30th March from 5:30ish, with the usual proceedings kicking off at about 6 depending on how distracted our MC gets by catching up with old friends.

The event is on the evening of the first proper day of the Locate Conference being held both online and in person at the Brisbane Convention Centre. If you haven’t registered already, please do, its expected to be the second biggest geospatial event of the year

For those who haven’t been lucky enough to attend a Georabble event before, the details are very simple:

  1. Celebrate each others’ triumphs
  2. Respect each others’ choice – no technology bigotry
  3. No sales pitches – this includes services, software, data etc.
  4. No company logos or ‘about us’ slides

Or more simply, its a night of fun, with a little bit of education, but an opportunity to network, meet new friends and catch up with old friends. And to look forward to the rest of 2021 with positivity and confidence that COVID isn’t going to stop us all doing amazing things and helping each other reach new heights.

So get yourself a ticket, sadly COVID means no ticket, no getting in, but dont worry tickets are free and come with a guarantee of no spam or junk, just an invite to a great night out.

MC for the night is the awesome Alex Geer, back by popular demand, and ready to chair the evenings festivities

And the very lovely team from Pointerra have agreed to sponsor the evening and hopefully, if COVID allows provide some food.

See you there!!