SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S mining, oil and gas sectors will benefit from the insight of renowned resource industry leader Terry Burgess following his recent appointment as President to the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) council.

The former OZ Minerals chief executive was elected to take up the position at a Council meeting late last week and will commence his new role from 1 March 2015, replacing SACOME’s former President John Robert AM after a decade of service.

Mr Burgess, who also serves on the South Australian Economic Development Board, the South Australian Minerals and Petroleum Expert Group, and the Tonsley Project Steering Committee, says he looks forward to the challenges ahead.

“I am excited at the prospect of taking on the role of President of the peak industry body in South Australia, especially at a time when the South Australian Government had made some bold initiatives in the resources sector,” he said.

“This includes the Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and the development of the Roadmap for Unconventional Gas Projects.

“The government has also commitment to the future with the Onshore Petroleum Centre of Excellence (OPCE) training facility and Core Library at Tonsley.”

With more than 25 years of senior experience in the mining industrial, including in former positions with AngloBase, AurionGold, Delta Gold and with the metals and mining arm of investment ABN AMRO, SACOME chief executive Jason Kuchel said Mr Burgess is an asset.

“Mr Burgess’ extensive industry experience and current roles on South Australian advisory boards will serve SACOME and the industry well in this critical role leading South Australia’s peak industry body for mining and energy,” he said.

“SACOME is delighted to have Mr Burgess elected to this very important position.”

As the national resource industry employer group, AMMA extends its congratulations to Mr Burgess on his new appointment and look forward to working with SACOME toward common goals in future.