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Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, Minister for Energy and Mining

The Department for Energy and Mining has appointed respected geologist Rohan Cobcroft as the new director of the Geological Survey of South Australia (GSSA), the state’s premier geoscience agency.

Mr Cobcroft’s appointment followed an international search to recruit a new director to lead the 137-year-old Survey that collects, manages and analyses geological information about the state.

Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said Mr Cobcroft’s leadership of the Survey would ensure continued improvement in our understanding of the state’s geology and resource potential.

“To leverage South Australia’s mineral wealth, it is essential that we understand its geology and the systems that can provide economic benefit to the state,” Minister van Holst Pellekaan said.

“The Geological Survey of South Australia plays a critical role in generating, analysing and presenting the latest geoscience data required to attract local and global investment and better target discoveries.

“Providing valuable information which makes every exploration dollar more efficient leads to more discoveries, more employment and increased royalties back to taxpayers.

“Mr Cobcroft’s leadership and experience in the commercial sphere will be invaluable as the resources sector evolves and adapts to new technologies and more sophisticated exploration methods.”

Previously with Iluka Resources for more than a decade, including time as the Australian Exploration Manager, Mr Cobcroft also holds a Bachelor of Science with honours in Geology from La Trobe University.

“I’m very excited and honoured to be appointed the Survey’s new director,” Mr Cobcroft said. “The Survey has a long and proud history of providing and curating world-class geoscience.

“I’m looking forward to leading the survey’s team who are passionate about their work, and play a key role in the state’s growth agenda by attracting new exploration.”

Department for Energy and Mining Chief Executive Dr Paul Heithersay, also a former head of the Survey, said securing Mr Cobcroft in the role was a “win-win” for the state.

“Mr Cobcroft is highly-regarded and I look forward to how his extensive experience in the private sector will strengthen our ties with companies, universities and the geoscience community,” Dr Heithersay said.

“The Survey not only helps to underpin the development of South Australia’s mineral wealth, but also carries out significant work to raise awareness and support our unique geological makeup.”

The Survey is involved in programs to promote STEM learning and Earth Sciences, helps to develop Heritage Trails of South Australia’s key geological sites and supports vital research such as the discovery of potable groundwater in the APY Lands.

More information about the work of the Geological Survey of South Australia

Tuesday 29 October 2019