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SACOME welcomes a more prosperous SA

The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) said it was pleased to see the South Australian Government’s Budget highlight the key needs for the resources sector.

Some of the biggest wins for the resources sector include $3.6 million in funding over two years for the development of a Green Iron and Steel Strategy, $15.4 million over three years for the Brukunga acid mine drainage treatment plant, and $692.6 million over five years to boost skills and training.

“Understanding the importance of green manufacturing to a low carbon future is critical for South Australia’s prosperity and SACOME is delighted that this issue is being afforded priority in this year’s Budget,” SACOME chief executive officer Rebecca Knol said.

“While hydrogen and renewables are viewed as central to green manufacturing, SACOME continues to advocate for nuclear to provide a proven, reliable and zero emissions source of industrial heat.”

SACOME, in collaboration with Catholic Education South Australia, has implemented a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Digital Technology Pilot and is calling for the South Australian Government to fund the implementation of this program in all government schools in addition to its school infrastructure and upgrades program.

“The teaching of STEM in schools is vital to ensuring South Australia keeps pace with the technological change needed to advance social and economic prosperity,” Knol said. “We must ensure that the pipeline of talent required for the industries of tomorrow are nurtured today.”

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