SACOME chief executive resigns

South Australia Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) chief executive Jason Kuchel will step down from his position at the end of November this year.

Kuchel has been in the role for nearly 10 years, bringing several service companies to SACOME, and supported exploration in South Australia through advocating for the state government’s Plan for Accelerating Exploration (PACE) program and the Exploration Development Incentive.

His advocacy for more initiatives was also influential in the creation of the SA Nuclear Royal Commission initiative. The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission’s report supported uranium mining in the state; highlighting that the state can benefit from expanding uranium mining and building nuclear power and enriching fuel.

SACOME president Terry Burgess said Kuchel’s strong support of the resources sector held him in high regard among regulators, members, the community and the government.

“The focus on community is reflected in many of the very successful SACOME functions and initiatives, and also the new Resourcing SA Journal, which Jason and the SACOME Directors developed in 2015,” Burgess said.

“In addition, he has actively supported the development of the Women in Resources SA committee and its incorporation into SACOME, and partnered with Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf to hold the largest annual conference in rural South Australia.”

Kuchel also led the Dirt TV program that encouraged high school students to make films about the uses and benefits of mining and oil and gas.

Earlier this month, SACOME welcomed the SA state budget’s focus on the resources sector which allocated $3.6 million to develop a response to the Final Report of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission in collaboration with the community.

SACOME was also provided $400,000 over two years for the employment of an industry connection manager; sponsorship of the South Australian Mines Emergency Response Competition; a safety summit to be conducted in 2016/17; and for the ongoing creation of an annual innovation summit to take place on September 23, 2016.