South Australia will be the leading contributor to Australia becoming the world's third largest copper producer
South Australia’s Copper Strategy outlines the plan to triple the State’s copper production to 1 million tonnes per year within the next two decades and ensure the South Australian community benefits from this increase.
The Copper Strategy has been a collaborative effort with input from industry, research institutions, community groups and Aboriginal representatives.
The strategy targets accelerating exploration and discovery, improved productivity and efficiency through innovation and maximising community engagement to guarantee continued public support for the resources sector.
The South Australian Government has already taken several early steps to implement the strategy, including providing $20 million for PACE Copper and $10 million to support innovative research into a process to improve copper-in-concentrate.
Why a copper strategy?
Copper has a key role in the 21st Century. The efficiency of copper aids sustainable construction in a rapidly urbanising world and is important in mitigating the effects of climate change.
A copper strategy that:
- accelerates exploration leading to increased production
- supports research and development leading to innovations
- makes the industry more efficient
will ensure South Australia reaps the full potential of its natural resources in a coordinated way that benefits everyone in the community. The strategy will also have spill-over benefits for South Australians - regional communities and the next generation of South Australians seeking a high-skilled career in the mineral and mining services industries all stand to benefit.
Our geography means we are well placed to meet the long-term demand for copper from the economic powerhouses of Asia. We have a highly-skilled workforce and academic institutions that are on the forefront of research and development.
But we also face some challenges.
- Copper summit 6 May 2015
- Discussed the challenges, opportunities and actions needed to raise South Australia’s total copper production to support Australia becoming the world’s third largest copper producer.
- South Australian copper summit feedback (PDF)
This feedback was used to develop a consultation directions paper
- Consultation directions paper: Developing South Australia's copper strategy (PDF 1.6MB)
The directions paper, which outlines six focus areas for consideration, was made available for comment on the South Australian Government's YourSay website.
- Copper strategy workshops to consider the six focus areas to help develop practical actions for inclusion in the copper strategy:
- Port Augusta
- Port Augusta
- Adelaide 21 October 2015
- South Australia's Copper Strategy launched 23 February 2016
For more information, contact:
Director, Resource and Strategy
Resources Infrastructure and Investment Task Force
Phone: +61 (8) 8303 2202
Phone: +61 8 8226 3821