2003 News Archive
10 September 2003
Change Of Leader For Minerals Exploration And Natural Resource
eight years as Chairman of the Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape
Evolution and Mineral Exploration, the highly respected Dr Ross
Fardon, is calling it a day.
MR GEORGE SAVELL will take over from Ross in November 2003 and
is Chair Designate as from the LEME Annual General Meeting held
Mr Savell said it was a great honour to have the opportunity to
contribute in a positive way to the work of LEME, particularly as
its programs were vital to two of Australia’s great industries
- Agriculture and Mining.
He said that he welcomed the inevitable challenges which the position
would no doubt produce and was committed to positive outcomes.
The high probability of successful and positive outcomes from current
and future programs conducted throughout Australia, and the wide
community benefits this would generate were sufficient reward for
the efforts being made by a very dedicated group of geoscientists
with whom he was pleased to be associated.
Dr Ross Fardon, a distinguished geoscientist, was instrumental
in the establishment of the Centre in 1995, and steered it through
its highly successful and productive first years of research which
utilised regolith geology for the benefit of mineral exploration
in Australia. Again in 2001 Ross played a leading role in renewing
funding for the Centre for a second research contract with the Commonwealth
At this time, the nationally acclaimed research centre transitioned
into the Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration, with an
expanded role and skills base capable of making a significant impact
on natural resource management. This is achieved through the application
of geoscience to provide solutions to some of Australia’s
major and most pressing environmental problems, eg with salinity
and acid sulphate soils.
George Savell is based in Perth, at the ‘core’ of
the country’s mining activities. He has only recently retired
as CEO of the Association of Mineral Exploration Companies and has
been closely involved with a wide spectrum of mineral exploration
and mining companies in Western Australia and Australia. His support
of the role of geoscience in the community goes back many years.
He previously spent 20 years with the Pastoralists and Graziers
Association representing farmers and pastoralists, rising to the
position of Executive Director. George also spent five years as
the Chairman of the Kings Park Board during which time Kings Park
was re-established as a community icon with a critical mass of attractions
for the community. George is ideally placed to guide and support
the Centre in all facets of its research.
The Board of CRC LEME comprises members from each of its eight
Core Participants - Australian National University, Curtin University
of Technology, Adelaide University, Geoscience Australia, CSIRO,
Primary Industries and Resources SA, Dept Mineral Resources NSW,
and the Minerals Council of Australia - plus independent representation
from the environmental and mineral industries.
The Centre is an unincorporated joint venture, established and
supported under the Commonwealth Governments Cooperative Research
Centres Program. It will receive $21M from the Commonwealth over
its 7 year term, matched by financial and other support from its
Press release from CRC LEME.
Contact Dr Dennis Gee, CEO
Tel: 08 6436 8695. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr George Savell Tel: 08 9405 2373
10 September 2003