Karen Norton Appointed To Surveyors’ Board Of Queensland

Karen Norton Appointed To Surveyors’ Board Of Queensland

Acting Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Bill Byrne

First Woman Surveyor Joins Board 

Victor P Taffa

The first woman surveyor has joined the state’s surveying regulator, the Surveyors’ Board of Queensland.

Central Queensland cadastral surveyor Karen Norton was appointed today to the eight-member board.

Acting Natural Resources and Mines Minister Bill Byrne said Mrs. Norton, from Gladstone, had 20 years’ experience as a cadastral surveyor, one of three specialist areas of surveying.

“The Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute nominated Mrs. Norton, who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry with exposure to large and small-scale engineering, construction and cadastral projects.” Mr. Byrne said.

“I hope her appointment serves as an encouragement to women to consider pursuing a career in what has traditionally been a male-dominated industry.”

“This is line with the Palaszczuk Government’s election commitment to increase the proportion of women on Government boards to 50 % by 2020, and for 50 % of all new appointees to all Government boards to be women.”

The board has two other women members, appointed as community representatives.

Mrs. Norton’s appointment follows mining engineers Julie Devine and Bryony Andrews becoming the first women on the Queensland Mining Board of Examiners, Mrs. Kate du Preez becoming the state’s first female Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health.

The Surveyors Board of Queensland plays a key role in ensuring public confidence in the surveying profession by setting competency standards for registration and investigating complaints about the conduct of surveyors.