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Two names added to advisory taskforce membership

A dedicated taskforce established to lobby and influence positive outcomes for the region amidst a poor economic climate will welcome two new members.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Two names added to advisory taskforce membership

A dedicated taskforce established to lobby and influence positive outcomes for the region amidst a poor economic climate will welcome two new members.

At Whyalla City Council’s January meeting, the council resolved to appoint Ottoway Engineering operations manager Andrew Hiscock, and DI Industries’ Paul Johnstone to the Advisory Taskforce, which was set up in September 2015.

The taskforce was established as a working party of the council, consisting of representatives from various sectors throughout the community, including from the heavy industry, health, education, business, tourism, and transport sectors, as well as elected members and senior council staff.

Members of the taskforce will attend relevant meetings and events to advocate for the city, encouraging state and federal bodies to assist in enhancing the economy.

The proposed functions of the taskforce are to:

-       Provide an avenue for information and advice to be forwarded to the council concerning the key issues and challenges facing the Whyalla community.

-       Draw to the attention of the state and federal governments the current issues and challenges facing Whyalla.

-       Advocate, lobby and influence outcomes within state and federal government to jointly address the issues and challenges facing Whyalla relating to local job losses and outward migration of residents.

-       Promote solutions that will increase the population via the attraction of new residents and stem the loss of current residents,  attract new public and private investment, create local job opportunities, and improve the broader appeal and livability of Whyalla.

Acting mayor Tom Antonio said the taskforce was continuing to work tirelessly to achieve a positive outcome for the city, and welcomed its new members to assist in achieving the group’s goal.

“From discussions held at taskforce meetings, I am confident that the advisory taskforce will play a major part in finding a solution to the tough economic problems we are facing,” Cr Antonio said.

“We are continuing to advocate for Whyalla and encouraging state and federal bodies, as well as the private sector, to consider Whyalla when developing a project.

“The taskforce and the council are seriously committed to having the hard discussions and lobbying for Whyalla to secure the future of the city for many years to come.”

The taskforce met for the third time since its establishment on Tuesday, February 2.

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