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South Australian Minerals and Petroleum Expert Group (SAMPEG)

PACE 2020
2020 outcomes and deliverables
SAMPEG highlights and achievements 2004–2009
SAMPEG members page (SAMPEG members only)
More information and enquiries


In 2004 the South Australian Minerals and Petroleum Expert Group (SAMPEG) was appointed under Theme 8 of the PACE initiative, with the aim of addressing outdated investor perceptions of poor prospectivity within the South Australia’s resource sector.

SAMPEG members are high-profile national and international leaders well respected in the resources industry.

The key message they promote is that South Australia’s resources potential is under-explored, and the State Government is willing to back investors in the resources sector, in a strategic, tangible and substantial way, including subsidised drilling and new, free, pre-competitive data.

SAMPEG members also help address issues surrounding the poor perception of mining held by the wider community by informing them of the improving performance of this sector in environmental management, good governance and engaging with local and indigenous communities.

This group grew out of the original proposal to appoint a single PACE Ambassador, however the need to encompass all areas of resource development has seen the group grow to include 16 members.

About the SAMPEG members 


  • SAMPEG members will strive to attract new explorers to South Australia, thereby helping to accelerate investment in the resources sector.
  • SAMPEG members will identify companies to be strategically targeted for meetings.
  • Key promotional events will be organised where SAMPEG members can undertake promotional activities to further attract investment.
  • SAMPEG members will advise the Minister for Mineral Resources Development in activities that support the increased investment and exploration in the state’s resources sector.
  • SAMPEG members aim to achieve third party endorsement of the credentials of the PACE initiative and South Australia’s mineral prospectivity.
  • SAMPEG members will support explorers in South Australia by publicising their successes to the wider investment community.

PACE marketing

In addition to the ongoing promotion of PACE by SAMPEG members, there has been active marketing of the PACE initiative both internationally and nationally and across government and industry, through the efforts of DMITRE's Mineral Resources and Energy Resources Divisions.

Numerous requests from the media for interviews, articles, editorials and advertorials on both PACE and SAMPEG are received by MER and arrangements are made to ensure all channels of communication for promotion of PACE and its purpose are optimised.

A press and events area of the Department of State Development's Minerals website provides public access to up to the minute presentations, news releases and forthcoming events of interest to the minerals and energy resources industries.

The detailed PACE 2020 section of the Minerals website provides more information about the current PACE 2020 programs.

SAMPEG members are encouraged to actively participate in the online secure discussion board available to all members.

A regular PACE feature has appeared in the MER flagship publication, the MESA Journal, since the initiative’s inception in 2004. These PACE features ensure that the global audience of academics and resource company executives amongst which it is distributed are kept up-to-date with PACE activities. This is a valuable communication medium for PACE to reach an influential investment audience.

More information and enquiries

PACE Manager
Miles Davies
Phone: +61 8 8463 3159
Email: Miles.Davies@sa.gov.au

PACE Marketing
Mrs Tania Davies
Phone: +61 8 8463 3012
Email: Tania.Davies@sa.gov.au

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