Lunch Series: Dr Ian Gould

Over 200 guests gathered for the final SACOME lunch event of 2012 to hear an entertaining and informative presentation from Dr Ian Gould AM. The Chancellor of the University of South Australia and SA Minerals & Petroleum Expert Group Chair spoke candidly about the year that was and his outlook for 2013 and beyond. Dr Gould, a former geologist with 40 years’ experience in the minerals industry, held the audience captive throughout his speech which was peppered with clever nuances appreciated by those in the industry. Dr Gould spoke highly of the Nyrstar funding deal, as well as the need for key South Australian industry leaders to speak out and promote the industry. He also noted the need to address the existence of gender division, and land use tensions across the Eyre Peninsula. Dr Gould answered questions from the audience about a ‘Christmas wish’ from the industry for the Federal Government to greater understand and show recognition of the industry when making decisions. Bell ringers from Springhead Lutheran School offered a special Christmas treat for guests, playing a range of carols before proceedings.