Friday 2 December 2022

Adelaide Convention Centre

SAEMC is an annual collaborative event that brings together both the exploration and mining industries in South Australia.

Welcoming speeches (2022 To Be Allocated)

Nicole Galloway Warland

Chair – SAEMC Organising Committee, Australian Institute of Geoscientists


Nicole is a geologist with over 25 years’ experience in the mining and exploration industry in Australia, Eastern Europe and South America. Her experience spans from exploration through project evaluation to open cut and underground mining; with a commodity focus in gold, copper-gold, base metals and uranium.  Over the last 10 years she has been based in South Australia, exploring in the Adelaide Fold Belt, Gawler Craton and Musgrave Province.


Lynette Alice Crocker (nee Smith)

Ngangki Burka, Senior Kaurna Woman

Welcome to Country

Lynette`s passion at this time is Community Development in particular the wellbeing of our mother earth and the wellbeing of her people, whilst her focus is; the true telling of the history of our space and place and our position in the universe. Lynette is  a Kaurna Aboriginal Title holder, Traditional Owner, Foundation Member of the Kaurna Elders Assembly;

Member of the Aboriginal State Advisory Committee (Natural Resources) – ASAC; Tarndanya and Mika Womma Yerta; Vice Chair of the Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation (Native Title);

Named Applicant Kaurna Native Title Claim / Apical Ancestor Group (Nellie Reminemn AKA Mary Monarto); Inaugurating Kua Nepotinna Constituent Founder – Kaurna Elders Assembly; Vice-Chair of the Kaurna Nation Cultural Heritage Association (KNCHA); Board member (Publicity Officer) of the Multicultural Writers Association of Australia (Inc);

Management Committee member of the Roma Mitchell Community Legal Centre Inc.; Treasurer – Journey of Healing Assoc. (S.A.) Inc; Treasurer – Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) SA Inc., National Delegate ANTaR Australia; Adelaide City Council – Reconciliation Committee member; Australian Institute of Landscape Architects – member;

Chair National Aboriginal Education Consolidation Group – putting in place the Aboriginal Education policy across sectors of education including Higher education, TAFE, Community Education and Early Childhood Education.


Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP

South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining

Opening address 

Minister van Holst Pellekaan was elected to Parliament as the Member for Stuart in 2010. He was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet in 2011 and has held the Energy and Mining portfolios since June 2014.

After his re-election at the 2018 State Election, he was sworn in as Minister for Energy and Mining in the Marshall Liberal Government.  

Minister van Holst Pellekaan started his working life as a labourer before playing four seasons in the National Basketball League and at the same time gaining a Bachelor of Economics.  He then spent ten years with BP Australia before entering the small business sector as a shareholder and operator of Outback roadhouses for seven years.  This was followed by three years developing cycle tourism in the Southern Flinders Ranges immediately before entering Parliament.

Minister van Holst Pellekaan’s electorate extends from Kapunda at its southern end, all the way up to the NT border. It heads east to the NSW border. It includes the Mid North agricultural region, all of the Flinders Ranges and the vast north-east pastoral region surrounded by the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales. The regional city of Port Augusta is its main population centre.




Alex Blood

Department for Energy and Mining

SA Exploration & Mining Review 

Alex Blood is Executive Director Mineral Resources, within the South Australian Department for Energy and Mining, after joining in late 2017 from the private sector.

Alex’s experience spans state, national and global levels for a wide variety of mining, oil and gas, infrastructure and industrial projects across Australia, Papua New Guinea, Asia- Pacific and Africa interacting with lenders, governments, communities and a wide range of stakeholders. She is Chair of the Australian New Zealand Board for environmental professional certification and has held past global and national corporate sustainability, and technical advisory roles. In 2012 Alex was awarded Australian Environmental Practitioner of the Year, and has received a number of project technical awards.




Session Speakers

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Rick Pobjoy

Technical Director, Australian Rare Earths Limited 

Session 1: Shooting for a clay hosted REE target  

Rick Pobjoy is a Geologist with more 25 years’ experience in the mining and minerals exploration industry.
Rick has extensive experience in the definition, development, and production from sedimentary hosted deposits across a number of commodities, having successfully delivered projects for VHM Exploration, Murray Zircon and Heathgate Resources.

Dr Paul Polito

Chief Geologist, IGO Limited 

Session 1: An exploration model for sediment-hosted copper in South Australia  

Dr Paul Polito has 28 years of exploration experience in both industry and academia, obtaining his PhD at the University of Adelaide before embarking on postdoctoral fellowship in Canada, then starting in industry as a senior geochemist with Anglo American. He has worked in a wide variety of deposit styles exploring for and publishing on copper, nickel, zinc, gold, iron, uranium and gold in multiple countries. Paul has been with IGO for the past five years where he has held positions as Exploration Manager – Fraser Range Nickel and Paterson Copper, leading a team of talented explorers who are passionate about finding more Nova-Bollinger and Nifty/Telfer type ore deposits. In mid-2020 Paul moved into to the position of Chief Geologist for IGO. Paul will talk briefly about IGO’s exploration portfolio in Australia, but will focus on IGO’s exploration model for their South Australian sediment-hosted copper play called Copper Coast.

Ian Gregory

Greenfields Exploration Manager, Western Gawler Project, Western Areas

Session 1: Sahara Nickel-Copper Discovery- uncovering the mineral potential of the Western Gawler Craton

Mr Gregory is an exploration geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the exploration industry across Australia. Prior to his current role as Greenfields Exploration Manager at Western Areas, Ian was the Exploration Manager for Antipa Minerals’ Rio Tinto JV, exploring for Telfer-Style deposits in the Paterson Province of WA. Ian’s experience also extends to Western Australian nickel sulphide and orogenic gold exploration during his time as Exploration Manager for Norilsk Nickel Australia, and base-metal exploration with Perilya Ltd in the Flinders Ranges of SA. Ian studied at Curtin University and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) in Geology and is a member of the Australian Institute of Geologists. 

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Thiago Oliveira

Superintendent Exploration Australia, Metals Exploration, BHP Ltd

Session 1: Oak Dam Update  

Geologist with experience in full cycle base metals exploration, from project generation, through business development opportunity evaluations and Greenfield exploration to advanced and brownfield exploration. Multi-commodity (Cu-Mo, Au, Fe, Mn and Ni) experience in the Andes, Australia and different regions of Brazil, participating and leading diverse exploration teams that have reached their potential to the highest HSEC standards. Highly skilled with data-base management in 2D and 3D GIS environments and compilation of large datasets.

Thomas Line

Chief Executive Officer, Taruga Minerals

Session 2: Copper and Critical Minerals in the Adelaide Fold Belt

Thomas is an experienced geologist and project manager with 10 years’ experience in mining, exploration and resource development. Thomas was the founder of Strikeline Resources and Project Generator of Taruga’s South Australian exploration portfolio. Thomas holds an honours degree in geology, is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Chris Stevens

Chief Executive Officer, Coda Minerals

Session 2: Exploring for IOCG and Sedimentary Copper at Elizabeth Creek  

Mr Stevens is an experienced resources executive and mineral economist who has joined Coda after holding the role of CEO for the past three years at Gindalbie. Prior to joining Gindalbie in 2016, Mr Stevens was the Western Australian Mining Consulting Lead at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he managed professional teams to devise strategy, evaluate investment options and assist in delivery of major transactions for various ASX listed mining and energy companies.

Prior to joining PwC, Mr Stevens held senior roles in the mining industry including General Manager – Commercial at Asia Iron and Commercial Manager at Gindalbie Metals.

In addition to his executive resources experience, Mr Stevens has over 18 years’ experience working with Chinese companies in commercial consulting and private equity. Mr Stevens holds an Honours degree from the University of Oxford and a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from Curtin University.


Peter Rolley

Chief Geologist and Exploration Manager, Hillgrove Resources

Session 2: The Challenge of Challenging Geological Times in the SouthEast 

Peter Rolley – Exploration Manager and Chief Geologist for Hillgrove Resources. Over 40 years’ experience with a variety of companies both large and small, in regional and brownfields exploration, mine geology, resource estimation, and managing up and down. He has worked with Hillgrove in south-east South Australia for the past 4 years and has put together the development and exploration growth strategy for the Company. He is here to present the results of these brownfields and regional exploration activities. 

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Greg Hall*

CEO and Managing Director – Alligator Energy

Session 2: The Samphire Uranium Project  

Mining Engineer/CEO – 30+ years in uranium and other mine management, uranium / nuclear fuel marketing and CEO roles. Management roles at WMC Olympic Dam & nickel mines, LKAB Iron Ore (Sweden), ERA Ranger and Jabiluka Uranium. International commodities marketing with Rio Tinto (ERA) Uranium, and Bauxite & Alumina groups. Founding CEO of Toro Energy Ltd – achieved approval of Western Australia’s first modern uranium mine project. SACOME Council member and past President.

* No longer presenting. Geoff Chapman will be presenting on his behalf.

Dr Richard Lilly

NExUS Program Leader and Minerals Industry Embedded Research Fellow

Session 2: The Future of Geoscience Education

Exploration geologist, researcher and educator with over 20 years experience spanning the industry-academia boundary with a PhD in geology and geochemistry from the University of Wales, Cardiff. Demonstrated ability to successfully establish and lead exploration teams, multi-disciplinary research studies and innovative educational programs, most recently as Mount Isa Mines Embedded Research Fellow and Program Leader/co-founder of the National Exploration Undercover School (NExUS) at the University of Adelaide.

Copper and base-metal specialist with global experience exploring for Iron Oxide Copper-Gold (IOCG) and sediment-hosted (Cu-Pb-Zn) targets in covered terrain. Supervised and contributed to over 65 applied research projects on a wide range of topics related to ore deposits, mineral exploration and geochemistry and authored/co-authored over 100 technical reports, papers and conference presentations.

Passionate about rocks, ore textures, advancing our understanding of ore systems, geochemical exploration through cover, teaching/mentoring the next generation of geoscientists, and communicating the importance of geoscience to society.

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Marc Twining

Exploration Manager, Barton Gold

Session 3: Taking a new approach to a proven South Australian gold district  

Marc is a geologist with more than 25 years’ global experience in resource development, with extensive experience in South Australia and gold, copper and copper-gold exploration. Marc has previously worked as an exploration geologist for global gold majors Normandy Mining and Newmont, an Exploration Manager for junior exploration companies, and as Senior Principal Geoscientist for the Geological Survey of South Australia. He has played lead roles in the discovery, feasibility analysis and regulatory permitting of significant mineral deposits and has a passion for exploration discovery.

Marc is a graduate of the University of Adelaide (BSc Geology Honours), has obtained a Graduate Certificate of Finance (Macquarie University), and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), The Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG).

Leon Faulkner

Managing Director, EnviroCopper Ltd

Session 3: Transitioning research expertise to an ISR copper project

Leon is a geologist with 30 years professional work experience in exploration and mine development projects that covered most states of Australia. He spent a number of years working with the ISR mining operation at Honeymoon prior to care and maintenance in 2014, and then discovered opportunities that would suit InSitu Recovery of other metals.

Since 2017 Leon and his founding partners in EnviroCopper Ltd have been developing the  Kapunda Copper ISR project (JV with Terramin Ltd), funded by seed investors and $3.7 million CRC-P research grant in association with CSIRO and University of Adelaide. In 2019, EnviroCopper entered a  JV with Andromeda Metals over the Alford West project on Yorke Peninsula, to take the learnings of Kapunda to develop Alford as a much larger potential Copper ISR project. Kapunda is at the scoping stage with plans to start the Mining Lease application next year and raise private equity to IPO in the next 12 to 18 months. It is fair to say that EnviroCopper as a result of their extensive work are Australia’s leaders in advancing ISR technology for other metals.

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James Marsh

Managing Director, Andromeda Metals

Session 3: Developing a World Class Halloysite-Kaolin Project  

James Marsh is an industrial chemist holding tertiary qualifications in chemistry and physics, who has worked in a number of technical and commercial roles across a wide range of industrial minerals for the last 30 years. After graduating in the UK he worked for English China Clays in Cornwall, which became the French company Imerys, a world leader in kaolin and industrial minerals. After 15 years he moved to Australia to join Minerals Corporation, and after 9 years there ended up as Executive Marketing and Technical Director. This included setting up operations in Australia, China and Europe, along with global supply channels. In 2010 – 2011 he gained first-hand experience of the Poochera Project in South Australia, working as a consultant to Minotaur Exploration. He then spent 7 years as Business Development Manager for Active Minerals International, a world leader in dry-processed kaolins, before joining Andromeda Metals in June 2017 as Managing Director.

David Christensen

Managing Director, Renascor Resources

Session 3: The Siviour Battery Anode Material Project

David Christensen is an experienced mining executive, with recent successful experience managing exploration, mining and marketing operations. Prior to founding the Company, David served as Chief Executive Officer of Adelaide‑based companies, Heathgate Resources Pty Ltd and Quasar Resource Pty Ltd. While at Heathgate and Quasar, his responsibilities included overseeing Australian operations, including the Beverley uranium mine, as well as the expansion into new projects with the discovery and development of the Four Mile deposit and numerous joint ventures. David’s experience also includes serving as President of Nuclear Fuels Corporation, a trading and marketing company, where he managed a multi‑million dollar uranium portfolio and was responsible for developing sales strategy, executing trades and swaps and negotiating all contracts. David commenced his career as an attorney in California and London offices of international law firm Latham & Watkins, where he advised on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. David was educated at Cornell University (BA, Economics and Classical Civilizations), the University of California, Los Angeles (JD) and the Universitá di Bologna (Fulbright Fellow).

Lachlan Wallace

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Hillgrove Resources

Session 4: Australia’s First Green Copper Mine?

Since joining Hillgrove 2011, Lachlan has held various operational roles at the Kanmantoo Copper Mine including General Manager before becoming the CEO and Managing Director in 2019.  Previously Lachlan was responsible for Stemcor’s global mining assets, developing their iron ore portfolio in India and nickel project in Indonesia.  Lachlan has held technical, managerial and consulting roles, including Anglo’s Siguiri gold project in Guinea, Barrick’s Lumwana copper mine in Zambia, and the Savage River iron ore mine in Tasmania.  A qualified mining engineer, Lachlan also holds a Master of Mineral Economics and MBA, and is a graduate of the AICD.

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Gabrielle Iwanow

General Manager of Prominent Hill copper-gold mine, OZ Minerals Ltd

Session 4: The Prominent Hill Expansion

A strategic thinker who enjoys leading change and transforming businesses.

Over 20 years’ international experience in shaping organisational cultures that drive growth and enable people to discover their true potential and do great work. At OZ Minerals, Gabrielle has grown Prominent Hill into one of the largest underground truck and shovel copper-gold operations in Australia; delivering safe record production and increasing earnings. The recently approved Wira shaft enables a 6mtpa operation, whilst unlocking the future potential of the ore body.

Gabrielle was awarded the 2020 Telstra Businesswomen’s Award for Medium & Large Business in South Australia and was named as one the #WIM100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining last year. In 2015, she was awarded an Australian Government Office of Women Board Diversity scholarship.

Gabrielle is a Fellow of AusIMM, an Associate of the Australian Psychological Society and has qualifications in Commerce/Arts and Business. She currently sit on the South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy Council, the AusIMM Council for Diversity & Inclusion, the Board of the National Trust of South Australia, and the Board Partnerships Committee for Pride Cup. Gabrielle is an avid supporter of the arts and charitable sector.


Kathy Ehrig

Principal Geometallurgist, BHP

Session 4: Olympic Dam Geology Update

Dr Kathy Ehrig is recognised internationally as a leader in geometallurgy, establishing Olympic Dam’s geometallurgy program 2006. She completed her Bachelor of Science in geology at California State University, Fresno in 1984 and earned a PhD in geology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991.



John Anderson 

Chair Judging Panel – Posters Prize presentation

Q&A session 

A geoscience graduate of the University of Adelaide, John explored Australia-wide for diverse metals during 19 years with Aberfoyle and 7 years with MIM, culminating in the role of General Manager Exploration – Australia and Africa. A five-year interlude of researching mineral systems and associated intrusives in NSW and Tasmania included a scholarship at a Mineralogy Institute in Germany. 

He joined the Junior sector in 2003 as a foundation Director of Southern Gold, then as the inaugural Managing Director of Investigator Resources between 2007 and 2018. John is now consulting through his company Austrike Resources Pty Ltd.

With a passion for converting innovative research into exploration opportunities, John led teams in making several mineral discoveries in South Australia including the Paris silver project. His latest left-field venture was teaming up with the Australian Institute for Machine Learning to achieve second prize in the OZ Minerals Explorer Challenge centred on Prominent Hill.

He believes the State has the mineral pedigree and recent conceptual breakthroughs for a co-ordinated and urgent push to revitalise South Australia’s discovery success. This needs to include community buy-in.

John was President of SACOME during 2000-2001 and a member of the Minister’s Minerals and Energy Advisory Council until this year. He is currently Chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute of Minerals and Energy Research at the University of Adelaide.