South Australian communities are being encouraged to prepare for the coming mineral boom in order to avoid the mistakes of other states.
According to the chief executive of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy Jason Kuchel, a new resource boom is on the way but it will be at least another year or two before South Australia experiences the full swing.
“But the most important thing from South Australia’s point of view is it is and will continue to be very steady growth and it’s growth we can count on.”
Kuchel also expects the demand from Asian economies like China to remain strong in coming years to fuel their domestic growth regardless of a cooling of world economies.
South Australia will not initially have problems supplying the necessary skills and services that it needs as it has not stretched capacity to the limit.
“We have skilled workers who are currently working in WA and Queensland who have their families in South Australia. I think many of those are looking to come home.”
Kuchel will address the Mining South Australia conference in Whyalla on 3-4 December.