SACOME President (2017- 2020)
It is fitting that in its 40th Year, SACOME has played such a large part in a number of critical areas for our industry, our people, our State and our Country.
The Department for Energy and Mining (DEM) progressed drafting Regulations to support the implementation of the Mining Act Amendments. This involved wide ranging engagement with stakeholders, and the Minister and DEM are to be congratulated on this. SACOME established a Mining Regulations Working Group comprising significant member expertise in all relevant areas. This group, exceedingly well support by Rebecca and the SACOME Policy team, extensively engaged with DEM, and comprehensively reviewed the draft legislation, with this input informing SACOME’s full submission
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic were, and continue to be, wide ranging. SACOME has provided much needed coordination and provision of information between industry and Government. With many aspects of the State’s service, hospitality and tourism industry impacted, it showed the absolute importance of having a diverse primary industry base within the State to ensure a resilient economy at such times. It reinforces the mantra that all industries need to coexist to support each other.
Excellent gains have been made in bolstering our State’s energy generation over several years, with some subsequent price reductions. However, we still need close attention and further work to the frequency and inertia management of our electricity grid system – particularly after many years of various Government policies supporting rapidly added renewable generation which can feed into the grid in an uncontrollable manner. We now have the situation where we can have too much power generation during the daytime which can destabilise the frequency and the grid, and hence risk power blackouts due to this.
As outgoing SACOME President, I have thoroughly enjoyed working closely with the various Councillors and members during my tenure. The range of knowledge, skills, contacts and expertise within our industry is staggering, and is an excellent resource for our many stakeholders to engage with and draw on.
I thank Rebecca Knol and her team for their ability to adapt their work direction and styles this year, and for the absolute support for our resources industry.
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.