The Spencer Gulf Cities Association have reflected on the past year’s achievements, whilst preparing for the year ahead.
“The alliance between Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla has been going for over 20 years and remains as relevant today as it ever has”, stated Mayor Stephens. “As three industrial cities, we share many common issues and an understanding of how these can impact on our communities.”
The group has seen progress in the following; growing the population through skilled migration and decentralisation initiatives, investment into strategic transport infrastructure, improving access to higher education in the region, creating a strong national energy policy and enhancing the liveability of the three cities.
Yet Mayor Stephens has said, “Of course these issues are still important and discussions are ongoing.”
The group have made significant inroads at the state level, showcasing economic growth opportunities at Parliament House last year.
Port Augusta Mayor Brett Benbow said, “There’s over $15 billion investment proposed, underway or recently completed across the Upper Spencer Gulf in a range of renewable energy, mining and processing, defence, value-added agriculture, event and nature-based tourism initiatives. At the upper end we are talking about several thousand jobs.”
Spencer Gulf Cities have also launched a comprehensive plan to help reduce waste to landfill and investigate opportunities, in an effort to attract new recycling and re-manufacturing enterprises to the region.
“It is such an exciting time for the Upper Spencer Gulf,” Mayor Stephens said.
“We have an amazing future ahead of us and we’re really looking forward to continuing to promote our great region into 2020”.
South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall has committed to meet regularly with the Group to which was considered the highlight of 2019 according to Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin.
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