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USG Cities Support Royalties for Regions

The three Upper Spencer Gulf Cities have welcomed the recent policy announcement by the SA Liberals to introduce a ‘Royalties for Regions’ program, but caution the focus needs to be on new, strategic infrastructure and not just used to fund the backlog of road maintenance. Chair of Spencer Gulf Cities Association and Port Augusta Mayor…

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Upper Spencer Gulf Councils Visit Pirie Sporting Precinct

Port Pirie Council recently hosted representatives from Whyalla and Port Augusta as part of the bi-monthly ‘Spencer Gulf Cities Association’ meeting. The meeting discussed progress towards establishing a university study hub in the region; investigations into a tri-council planning board; drafting of an Upper Spencer Gulf transport strategy; and the partnership with other regional local government associations to promote…

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Upper Spencer Gulf Pursues Business with China

Representatives from Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla Councils recently attended a dinner hosted by Adelaide City Council for around 50 importers, distributors and buyers from China and over 100 buyers from Shandong. The event was part of a week-long inbound trade mission hosted by the South Australian Government in partnership with the Local Government Association. Port Pirie…

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Upper Spencer Gulf Strengthens Ties with Defence

Attending the Defence Teaming Centre Annual Dinner from the Upper Spencer Gulf – Sarah Joyce (Max Cranes, Pt Augusta), Alex Todd (RDA, Whyalla), Chris Cowley (Whyalla Council), Whyalla Mayor Lyn Breuer, Port Pirie Deputy Mayor Leon Stephens, Anita Crisp (Spencer Gulf Cities), Port Augusta Mayor Sam Johnson, John Banks (Pt Augusta Council), Port Pirie Mayor John Rohde, Andrew Johnson (Port Pirie Council)

The opportunities to grow our local Defence Industry took a step forward recently, with a delegation of community and business leaders from the Upper Spencer Gulf attending the Defence Teaming Centre’s annual gala dinner in Adelaide. The dinner was attended by Federal Defence Industry Minister, Christopher Pyne, State Defence Industries Minister Martin Hamilton Smith, along with South Australian…

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Mayors Welcome Zen, GFG Alliance

Upper Spencer Gulf Mayors have welcomed news that the new owner of the Whyalla steelworks has purchased a major share in South Australian renewable energy company, ZEN Energy. Whyalla Mayor Lyn Breuer said the partnership – known as SIMEC Zen Energy –  is a significant coup for the state and for the Upper Spencer Gulf. “ It is…

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Regional Cities Join Forces for Growth

Following the first release of 2016 census data, Upper Spencer Gulf Mayors have joined other regional leaders from across South Australia to consider opportunities to grow the state’s regional centres. Chair of the Spencer Gulf Cities Association and Port Augusta Mayor, Sam Johnson said the data really highlights the need for vision and political will…

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Push to Decentralise Government Agencies

Port Pirie Council recently hosted representatives from Whyalla and Port Augusta as part of the bi-monthly ‘Spencer Gulf Cities Association’ meeting. The meeting discussed progress towards establishing a university study hub in the region; investigations into a tri-council planning board; drafting of an Upper Spencer Gulf transport strategy; and the partnership with other regional local government associations to promote…

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Economic Boost for Upper Spencer Gulf Businesses

The Port Pirie, Whyalla and Port Augusta Mayors have welcomed the announcement by the South Australian Government declaring the Upper Spencer Gulf an Economic Participation Region for the next four years. The announcement by the Treasurer, Hon Tom Koutsantonis, means that local businesses in the region will now have a stronger chance of winning government…

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Upper Spencer Gulf Delegation Visits Canberra

Representatives from Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla had a whirlwind visit to Canberra last week, meeting with local member Rowan Ramsey and fourteen Ministers, Advisers and South Australian Senators. Port Augusta Mayor and Chair of Spencer Gulf Cities, Sam Johnson said the visit was important to make sure the Upper Spencer Gulf remained a…

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Solar Thermal a ‘Game Changer’ for USG

The announcement this week that the South Australian Government will support a world-leading solar thermal power plant in Port Augusta is an absolute ‘game changer’ according to the Upper Spencer Gulf Mayors. The $650 million project, to be delivered by US based company SolarReserve, will see the construction of the 150MW ‘Aurora’ power plant commence…

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