Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group

Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group

2019 Federal Election Platform

The Upper Spencer Gulf has some of the most significant mineral and renewable energy resources, natural biodiversity and landscapes in the world.

Substantial investment in renewable energy generation, mining and minerals processing, arid agriculture, defence and tourism is providing our region with a strong base from which we can continue to build on our comparative strengths and become cleaner, more innovative, liveable and economically diverse.


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Strong national energy policy a must for investment certainty in the USG

By Anita Crisp | April 3, 2019

The three Upper Spencer Gulf Mayors are calling on all candidates vying for the seat of Grey, political parties and potential South Australian senators to commit to a strong, credible and evidence-based national energy policy to provide stability and certainty for investment in the Upper Spencer Gulf. Chair of the Spencer Gulf Cities Association and…

Growing Our Regional Cities – More Support Needed for Whyalla, Port Pirie, Port Augusta

By Anita Crisp | March 29, 2019

As the Upper Spencer Gulf enters a ‘once in a generation’ economic transformation, the Port Augusta, Whyalla and Port Pirie Mayors say it is important that all tiers of Government work together to invest in civic initiatives to support well-planned city growth and liveability. This comes on top of calls for investment into strategic transport…

Mayors Call for More Investment into Regional Transport Infrastructure

By Anita Crisp | March 28, 2019

The three Upper Spencer Gulf Mayors have joined some of the states key peak bodies to call for more investment into strategic transport infrastructure to help underpin the long term economic transition of the region. Port Pirie Mayor Leon Stephens, Port Augusta Mayor Brett Benbow and Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin say investment in renewable energy,…

Workforce and Education a Priority for Upper Spencer Gulf

By Anita Crisp | March 26, 2019

Following the release of their five priorities for the Upper Spencer Gulf, the Mayors of Whyalla, Port Pirie and Port Augusta are pushing for a commitment from candidates seeking to be elected as the next member for Grey to work with the region to develop a skilled migration and decentralisation programme tailored to meet the…

Transforming the Upper Spencer Gulf

This report aims to capitalise and build on the strengths of the Upper Spencer Gulf, and lead the region’s transformation towards a competitive, vibrant and self-reliant economy and community.

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Decentralisation of the public service is not just about jobs - it's about providing more long term professional careers in regions. Minister McKenzie at Regions Rising summit

"One of the greatest benefits of decentralisation is having public servants embedded in the communities their decisions directly impact on" - Regions Minister Bridget McKenzie, at RAI summit

Gabrielle Chan, author of 'Rusted Off' addressing Regions Rising Summit in Canberra. "Politics in regions is shifting - it's no longer about parties, but how locally connected the individual candidate is"

RIA co-CEO Kim Houghton addresses Regions Rising summit. 'Migration is part of the solution for filling regional jobs, but we must also focus on growing our own skilled workforce'.
A strong focus for the USG

The 3 USG Mayors at the 'Regions Rising' national summit in Canberra. Good to catch up with Regional Australia Institute's Dr Kim Houghton

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