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Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of So­cial Re­search ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Dr John Spoehr says min­ing devel­op­ment pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for work­ers who live across the state and are em­ployed in vary­ing in­dus­tries.

Fur­ther plans for Olympic Dam are ex­pected to be re­vealed by BHP Bil­li­ton this year. They will add fur­ther im­pe­tus to em­ploy­ment growth.

‘‘That will have ben­e­fits for both north­ern and south­ern Ade­laide, which will be in­volved in pro­vid­ing goods and ser­vices for the ex­pan­sion of the Olympic Dam site,’’ Dr Spoehr says.

He says the Up­per Spencer Gulf re­gion will be strongly linked to sup­ply­ing goods and ser­vices for the ex­pan­sion be­cause of its range of ser­vices and close­ness to the mine.

‘‘For re­gional SA, there’s a very sig­nif­i­cant jobs base that will flow from that an­nounce­ment, should it be an an­nounce­ment to progress with the site in late 2011 and early 2012,’’ he says.

Ex­act Min­ing Ser­vices is one SA com­pany which is ex­pect­ing to ben­e­fit this year from the min­ing em­ploy­ment boom. It pro­vides work­ers and equip­ment to min­ing com­pa­nies.

Hu­man re­sources gen­eral man­ager Peter Fuss says it will be re­cruit­ing this year be­cause of the high turnover na­ture of the in­dus­try, re­gard­less of em­ploy­ment growth.

‘‘But we’re also see­ing some pos­i­tive signs of some growth in the min­ing area, in terms of new projects com­ing on stream,’’ he says.

‘‘We would say there cer­tainly will be re­cruit­ing. That re­cruit­ing, for us, will be a com­bi­na­tion of our usual and nor­mal turnover and as a re­sult of some growth in min­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, both here in the state and, hope­fully for us, out of state.’’

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