The South Australian government has said it anticipates around 5,000 jobs will be created in the mining sector by 2017, as figures suggest that productivity in the state’s mining and petroleum sector reached an all-time high.
Reflecting on the record value of production, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said, “this record production adds to other milestones achieved in South Australia including… a doubling of mining employment on a decade ago”.
The boom in productivity has been linked to increased extraction of uranium, gold, iron and copper, all key resources in the region, whilst the petroleum industry has also grown significantly.
On the back of these increases, the minister has predicted that by 2017, South Australia’s mineral and petroleum industries would create 5,000 new jobs with an emphasis on using local skills and labour.
“We want young South Australians to stay here, not go interstate or abroad to find work and the best way to do that is to have companies spending large amounts of capital here in South Australia because it’s cheaper to hire locals,” Mr Koutsantonis said.
“We recognise mining is a long-term venture and we will continue to take a long-term view in the development of our resource initiatives and policies… we’re training people up at universities to try and make sure they have access to all the skills they need.”