Bringing Associations Together To Boost Performance


SA Association Breakfast: Advocacy vs Activism

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Date:Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Venue:Adelaide Inn, 160 O’Connell Street, Adelaide SA
Presenter:Rebecca Knol, Chief Executive Officer, South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy

Join us for our Association Breakfast.

In South Australia the resources sector provides 33% of the States exports, supports 26,000 direct and indirect employees, contributes $6.4b to gross state product and a further $214 million in royalties annually. The sector is often referred to as the engine room of the State’s economy.

The resources sector has also been innovating for hundreds of years, bringing with it technological improvements with cross-sectoral benefits. From remote operating centres, drones and driverless trains to the minerals that power our mobile phones, the resources sector underpins the technological age.

However, the key challenge to effective advocacy in this new age is activism. From ideological activism right through to investment activism, the role of Associations is ever more complex.

Whether it is opposition to exploration in the Great Australian Bight, locking the gate to gas, live sheep exports or genetically modified grains, the need to monitor activist sentiment and to respond to allegations is becoming more frequent.

Breakfast will be provided.

Registrations: Free (NFP Only)


Rebecca Knol, Chief Executive Officer, South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy

Rebecca Knol is the Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy, the leading industry body representing the resources sector in South Australia.

SACOME members generate 32 per cent of South Australia’s exports, $6.4 billion of its gross state product, and contribute $214m in royalties to the State annually. Rebecca brings significant national and international experience in the mining and oil & gas sectors to her role. Her previous roles include senior positions at Origin Energy in Australia and AngloGold Ashanti in Africa.

Following a refresh of SACOMEs strategic focus and member value proposition in 2017, Rebecca has overseen a year of consolidation and success at SACOME. Significant achievements in 2018 included:

  • securing $200m in state and commonwealth funding for the duplication of the Joy Baluch Bridge;
  • legislative reform enabling explorers to access more than $6.4 million of federal funding through the Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive; and
  • signing of a landmark 8-year electricity deal with SIMEC Zen Energy that provides affordable power to some of the States largest energy users

Looking ahead, Rebecca continues to position SACOME at the forefront of policy and advocacy leadership in South Australia.



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