Rock-solid recognition for promising geology talent

The QCoal Foundation has announced the inaugural recipient of the Christopher Wallin Prize for Excellence in Geology.

Townsville-based Jose Pena Araya, who has just commenced his third year of a Bachelor of Geology, will receive a $2000 prize and the opportunity for paid work placement with QCoal Group.

Originally from Chile, Mr Pena Araya said he first experienced the discipline of geology during an internship in Mount Isa.

“I really enjoyed my internship and working in mining geology, but I am particularly excited about exploration geology – the methodology, mapping and understanding the surrounding country,” Mr Pena Araya said.

The Christopher Wallin Prize is awarded to the James Cook University Bachelor of Geology student who demonstrates a commitment to excellence by achieving the highest GPA in the second-year cohort.

Named after QCoal Group founder and managing director Christopher Wallin, the former Principal Coal Geologist of Queensland, the prize has been launched as part of the QCoal Group’s impending 35th birthday celebrations.

Mr Wallin highlighted the importance of supporting the best and brightest geology students to underpin the future of Queensland’s resource sector.

“Continuous exploration, pursuing all opportunities and an ongoing focus on geology have been key factors in QCoal’s success to date and will also underpin the company’s future aspirations,” Mr Wallin said.

“Over the last 35 years, QCoal Group has discovered and established five new mines, operates six and are one of the few companies to have conducted a continuous geological exploration program throughout that time.

“Central to this prize is the opportunity to work with the QCoal Group’s world-class geology team who are responsible for some of Queensland’s leading coal resource discoveries.

“I am delighted by the establishment of this prize which combines my passion for strategic philanthropy and excellence in geology and extend my congratulations to Jose.”


Source: Industry Queensland