The Upper Spencer Gulf Mayors have travelled to Canberra to push a commitment from political parties, Ministers and Senators for a range of support for the Upper Spencer Gulf Region.
Mayors from Port Augusta, Port Pirie and Whyalla are asking for investment into strategic port, air and road infrastructure among their five priorities for the region.
Chair of Spencer Gulf Cities, Mayor Leon Stephens says investment in mining, renewable energy, arid agriculture, defence and tourism is providing the region with a base to become cleaner, more innovative, liveable and economically diverse.
The five priorities include:
- A skilled migration and decentralisation programme tailored to meet the specific needs of the Upper Spencer Gulf.
- Investment into strategic port, rail, air and road infrastructure to secure the long term economic transition of the Upper Spencer Gulf
- Additional Commonwealth supported university places and operational funding for the Upper Spencer Gulf Regional Study Hub to enable students to stay, study and work locally.
- A strong, credible and evidence-based national energy policy to provide stability and certainty for investment in the Upper Spencer Gulf.
- Coordinated and collaborative investment into civic initiatives in Port Augusta, Whyalla and Port Pirie to foster well-planned city growth and liveability.
Image: Port Pirie Deputy Mayor Alan Zubrinich, Whyalla Council CEO Chris Cowley, Port Pirie Mayor Leon Stephens, Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin, Port Augusta Mayor Brett Benbow, in Canberra to promote the Upper Spencer Gulf election priorities