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Whyalla to host Premier's Economic Summit

Published 7th February 2024
Whyalla to host Premier's Economic Summit

The State Government’s focus on the Upper Spencer Gulf’s green industry potential continues to intensify, with the region set to host a three-day economic summit later this month.

This will include a stop in Whyalla, where the community will have the opportunity to hear directly from Premier Peter Malinauskas about his plans for the region’s future.

In announcing the summit, the Premier said there was a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” in our region to “herald a new era of economic prosperity for our state”, with the event aiming to “start the journey of the realisation of those aspirations” by engaging with the community.

“The State Government is determined to ensure we seize this opportunity, bringing thousands of new jobs and a surging economy,” Mr Malinauskas said.

“This Major Economic Summit is a chance to outline the scale of the opportunity before us and speak directly with the communities which will be central to this endeavour.”

The summit is at the Westland Hotel on Sunday 25 February, starting at 4.45pm with a free BBQ. It’s open to the entire community, so be sure to book your place here: https://bit.ly/3OyFypd

Mayor Phill Stone welcomed the visit, calling on the Premier to commit to releasing strategic land parcels owned by the State Government to the market to enable the housing developments critical to supporting these major projects, while also ensuring Whyalla can become a destination city for a growing population in coming years.

“The Upper Spencer Gulf is South Australia’s engine room to cut pollution, return to manufacturing and deliver energy production on a mass scale – set to become a powerhouse for the nation, not just the state of South Australia.” Mayor Stone said.

“To be successful and sustainable, our region needs the State and Federal governments to work with the region in supporting critical developments in housing; tourism infrastructure; sport and recreation facilities; health and aged care services, and child care services – all essential to create a ‘value proposition’ for our region, so that we can compete with the west and eastern states for wealth, liveability, tourism and migration attraction.

Mayor Stone it was well known that there is a housing crisis across the nation, with this being especially exacerbated in growth regions like Whyalla and the Spencer Gulf.

“We are keen to not only hear about the Premier’s vision for our region’s future, but also his government’s plans to facilitate the housing development and social infrastructure critical to support the ‘thousands of jobs to be created in the region’,” he said.

“The government has ample strategically-placed land within Whyalla that can be released to kick start the housing development needed both within our city and the broader region – not just for the temporary construction workers, but also the families and migrants looking for permanent accommodation in our city.

“More and more people are looking to the regions for lifestyle, so strengthening regional South Australia with a critical investment in housing, liveability and amenity will be to the advantage of the entire state. This will help reverse the trend of increasing reliance on metropolitan-based health, education and workforce resources commuting into the region for work purposes.

“We’ll continue to partner with the State Government to ensure the best outcomes for our existing community, and to support growing our city so more people call Whyalla ‘home’ in the future.”