Press Release

Spencer Gulf Cities Mayors/Council Members meet the Federal Election Candidates for Grey

The Mayors and Council Members of Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Pirie met 5 of the 9 candidates for the Federal Election for the seat of Grey on 11 May. The candidates were asked to address the 4 issues raised in the Spencer Gulf Cities (SGC) Federal Election Platform document covering the issues of: Green/Renewable…

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Spencer Gulf Cities releases results of its Housing Survey 9 March 2022

The Mayors of the cities of Whyalla, Port Pirie and Port Augusta have today released the results of their recently conducted Housing Survey along with recommendations. SGC has established a 9% population growth stretch target for achievement over the next 10 years. Filling current job vacancies and delivering the workforce needed to support current and…

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Stellar Year for Spencer Gulf Cities

As 2019 draws to a close, the Spencer Gulf Cities Association has reflected on its achievements as it prepares for the year ahead. Chair, Mayor Leon Stephens said the Upper Spencer Gulf region has taken a huge step forward in recent times and the tri-city alliance between Port Augusta, Whyalla and Port Pirie remains a…

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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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