Press Release

Strong Upper Spencer Gulf Presence at National Summit

Representatives from the Whyalla, Port Pirie and Port Augusta Councils have been continuing to push for change to Government policy, with the cities strongly represented at a national summit hosted by the Regional Australia Institute in Canberra. Over 250 delegates participated in the inaugural “Regions Rising” summit, which included presentations from the Deputy Prime Minister,…

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Upper Spencer Gulf Mayors Canberra Bound

Following the release of their five priorities for the Upper Spencer Gulf in late March, a delegation from Whyalla, Port Pirie and Port Augusta Councils have been in Canberra pushing for a commitment from political parties, Ministers and South Australian Senators for: A skilled migration and decentralisation programme tailored to meet the specific needs of…

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Loss of flagship solar thermal project leaves region reeling

Upper Spencer Gulf leaders are reeling from the news that the flagship ‘Aurora’ concentrated solar thermal project will not proceed. Reports broke on Friday that the $650 million project planned for Port Augusta has been unable to secure commercial finance. The news follows the release of the Upper Spencer Gulf Federal Election priorities in late…

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

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…

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

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…

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Mayors Call for More Investment into Regional Transport Infrastructure

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,…

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Workforce and Education a Priority for Upper Spencer Gulf

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…

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Spencer Gulf Cities 2019 Election Platform

The three Upper Spencer Gulf Mayors today revealed five priorities they are taking to the forthcoming Federal election. Port Pirie Mayor Leon Stephens, Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin and Port Augusta Mayor Brett Benbow are seeking commitment from candidates vying for the seat of Grey to: A skilled migration and decentralisation programme tailored to meet the…

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Port Pirie Mayor to Lead Region

Port Pirie Mayor Leon Stephens has been appointed as Chair of the Spencer Gulf Cities, with Whyalla Mayor Clare McLauglin as deputy. The appointments were made in early December at the first meeting of the association since the recent local government elections. Mayor Stephens said the importance of the tri-city alliance remains as strong as…

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Regional Development Rebuff

Upper Spencer Gulf Mayors have expressed frustration over difficulties meeting with the new Minister for Regional Development, Tim Whetstone. Chair of Spencer Gulf Cities, Sam Johnson said the region wrote to every Minister after the March election to provide an update on the challenges and opportunities. “Last year we identified 30 strategic initiatives to help…

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