26/08/2008 - 11:41

Mining lobby group CEO resigns

26/08/2008 - 11:41

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After four years as the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies' chief executive, Justin Walawski has today resigned.

After four years as the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies' chief executive, Justin Walawski has today resigned.

Dr Walawski will officially leave the lobby group October 10.

AMEC President Ian Walker said under Dr Walawski's leadership AMEC has enjoyed a period of growth that has seen an almost 3 fold increase in full membership, secured AMEC's financial stability and raised AMEC's profile through an almost daily national media presence.

"In guiding AMEC through the change from industry lobby group to contemporary member services organisation, Justin has ensured AMEC played a vital role in delivering significant and positive advocacy outcomes for the industry," Mr Walker said.

Dr Walawski said he was confident AMEC was well placed to continue making a strong contribution to advocating the industry's position as the voice of mineral exploration in Australia.

"AMEC's role is not only important to the industry but increasingly to the country - it must ensure political parties and the public understand the continued fall in exploration levels has significant implications and that the fall is directly attributable to policy impediments at State and Federal level," Dr Walawski said.

"It must then work constructively and collaboratively with Government to implement the changes needed for Australia to regain its reputation and by doing so, increase investment in exploration in Australia.

"That is not an easy task but AMEC is integral to facilitating those changes."

AMEC has already started the search for a new chief executive.

 

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