The last year has seen substantial achievements for SACOME as the association continued to deliver our 2024 Vision. Our market research has shown a significant increase in community support for our sector and most importantly a large increase in youth support – a key metric for our future success. Future campaigns will focus on the youth demographic as they consider their career options.
In early 2021, SACOME launched a watershed study documenting the Economic Contribution of our sector to the State Economy. This study showed us as a true economic powerhouse of the State, but also showed the benefits by electorate and local government areas. The results broke the myth of our sector only benefiting the regions. The economy of metropolitan Adelaide enjoyed a high spend from the resources sector along with the benefit of highly paid positions.
Our sector continues to be challenged in extraordinary ways though the battle against COVID-19. The Energy and Mining industries response to COVID has delivered safe work environments ensuring the engine room of the State’s economy could continue to provide employment and support the recovery efforts. Our response was only possible through the collaboration with, and support from Government, SAPOL, SA Health and the Department for Energy and Mining (DEM) that allowed SACOME to provide members with timely and accurate information.
2021 has seen the ever-increasing rate of change in our communities being driven from many aspects of life. Sustainability is driving our strategies that ensure environment, social and governance considerations deliver a positive outcome for our companies, communities and workforce. The implementation of an updated Climate Change Policy was an important development for SACOME throughout 2021 following wide stakeholder consultation.
Policy and Advocacy have been wide ranging with a high intensity work program in 2021. SACOME’s policy teams worked closely with Government on several pieces of legislation reform. Following hard on the heels of the implementation of the new Mining Regulations came the review of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act.
In my first year as SACOME President I enjoyed the support and comradery of the Councillors, Rebecca Knol and the SACOME team. Together we have contributed to a very successful year for SACOME which leaves our association in a strong position both financially and operationally.
I thank and acknowledge the work of my fellow Councillors who volunteer their time, expertise and leadership to support the State’s peak energy and resources association.
I must also thank the SACOME team lead by Rebecca for their outstanding work. The South Australian industry is very fortunate to have such a dedicated and capable group planning and advocating the best outcomes for our future.
SACOME is governed by an elected Council that comprises many leaders from within the South Australian mining and energy industry. Our 2021 Councillors are:
(Left - Right Back Row)
Cr. Greg Swain (FMG) – Industry Exploration, Cr. Sarah Clarke (Piper Alderman) – Service Industry, Cr. Prof. Michael Goodsite (University of Adelaide) – Service Education, Cr. Glenn Toogood (Beach Energy) – Industry Petroleum, Cr Justin Bauer (BHP) - Industry Mining, Cr. Matt Sherwell (Santos) - Industry Petroleum
(Left - Right Front Row)
Cr. Mark Dayman (FYFE) – Service Industry, Rebecca Knol (CEO, SACOME), Cr. Nicholas Mumford (Mumford Commercial Consulting) – Service Industry
Cr. Gabrielle Iwanow (OZ Minerals) – Industry Minerals, Cr. Greg Hall (Rex Minerals) – Industry General, Cr. Virginia Suttell (Cooper Energy) - Industry Petroleum.