SA strategy targets thousands of resources jobs

The Carrapateena mine in South Australia. Image: OZ Minerals

The South Australian Government’s Building on our Strengths energy and mining strategy is expected to deliver 25,000 to 30,000 additional jobs to the state by 2030.

The strategy, which was launched today, aligns with the government’s ambitions of growing the state via nine priority sectors, including mining and energy to drive South Australia’s economic growth.

South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said investing in clean energy transition and modern, low impact development of natural resources would be central to the state’s future in energy and mining.

“Ensuring our natural resources are developed and managed responsibly is an important element in ensuring South Australia eventually emerges stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic and the global economic downturn it has triggered,” van Holst Pellekaan said.

“Removing barriers and facilitating progress are key pillars of South Australia’s Energy and Mining Strategy and will help to focus resources and energies where they are most needed.

“Building upon the feedback from the consultation, a new $5.6 million investment will help new and expanding resource projects in South Australia by addressing issues around infrastructure and water.”

This investment will see the South Australian Government prioritise infrastructure corridors for priority regions to allow mining projects to secure power, transport and power easier, while reducing the environmental, cultural and financial impacts of duplicating infrastructure.

South Australia, which is home to 300 mines and quarries is in prime position to grow its energy and mining sectors, as the government works with the Mining and Energy Advisory Council (MEAC) to design the strategy moving forward.

MEAC is the South Australian Government’s principal advisory group for the mining and energy sectors and meets regularly with van Holst Pellekaan to discuss the key opportunities and issues the industry faces.

“The South Australian Government worked closely with industry and asked us to help shape its Energy and Mining Strategy,” MEAC chair Pauline Carr said.

“We have taken this opportunity to highlight to the government the areas within (the) Growth State’s (report) four enablers that would best facilitate an acceleration in economic activity in our sector.”

As well as removing barriers, the strategy has set out ambitious targets to encourage confidence from businesses and attract further investment in the sector.

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