Community development

The resources sector has built South Australia's economy since European settlement, enabling the city of Adelaide and many regional communities to develop and prosper. The sector remains South Australia's largest export industry, providing revenue through royalty payments, taxes, facilitating business activity and providing or enabling numerous other benefits and indirect business opportunities. In modern times, the resources sector delivers even greater benefits as companies support and develop the communities in which they operate.

Below: The Glen Osmond Mines are now a heritage landmark on walking trails around Adelaide's foothills, but in the 1840s they included Australia's first metalliferous mine, producing silver. These mines operated at a time of immense hardship in South Australia and signalled that the state's recovery would come from mining. Copper mining at Kapunda and Burra followed soon after. Image: Andy Steven