Friday 26 November 2021

Adelaide Convention Centre

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

Welcoming speeches

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.


Lewis O’Brien AO

Aboriginal Elder of the Kaurna people

Welcome to Country


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

Dr Paul Polito

Technical Director, Australian Rare Earths 

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: Western Gawler Project- Greenfields Exploration within the Fowler Domain  

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. 

James Marsh

Managing Director, Andromeda Metals

Session 4: 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.

Matt Weber

Manager – Economics & Geology

Session 2: The Mt Gunson Story  

Mr Weber is an exploration geologist with approximately ten years’ experience in the WA mining and exploration sector. Prior to his time at Gindalbie, Mr Weber held a role in the resources policy division at the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

Mr Weber has previously held exploration geology roles across a number of small exploration companies, focussing on gold, iron ore and base metals, and spent time as a member of the exploration team for Rio Tinto in their Pilbara iron operations. Mr Weber holds bachelor’s degrees in Applied Geology and Environmental Biology, and a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from Curtin University.


Peter Rolley

Chief Geologist and Exploration Manager, Hillgrove Resources

Session 2: Exploration of the Delamerian in South-Eastern South Australia  

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. 

Leon Faulkner

Managing Director, EnviroCopper Ltd

Session 3: Update on the Kapunda Copper ISR Project

Leon is a geologist with 30 years professional work experience in exploration and mine development projects that cover 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 since been involved in looking at opportunities that would suit InSitu recovery operations of other metals.
In 2017 Leon and his team established Environmental Copper Recovery P/L over the Kapunda Copper ISR project (JV with Terramin Ltd), funded to $3.7 million by private investor ASX and AIM listed Thor Mining PLC and a Commonwealth CRC-P grant. Earlier this year ECR morphed into EnviroCopper Ltd over the Kapunda project and new JV with Andromeda Metals Moonta project.

Anthony Gray

Exploration Manager, Alliance Resources

Session 3: Advancing the Weednanna Gold Deposit to Production

Anthony is a geologist with over 20 years’ experience working in the public and private sectors of the Australian mining industry. His experience ranges across mineral exploration, investment analysis, project and corporate transactions, mine development, and fundraising. During his career Anthony has explored for greenstone and slate belt hosted orogenic gold deposits, nickel sulphide and laterite deposits, porphyry copper-gold deposits, and skarn-associated gold and base metal deposits. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and Non-Executive Director of Centennial Mining Limited.

Kathy Ehrig

Principal Geometallurgist, BHP

Session 4: Olympic Dam 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 


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.