WELCOME TO WHYALLA: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, right, with Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey.Acting Mayor Tom Antonio praised the Prime Minister for visiting Whyalla to view the challenges facing the steelworks.
“It is great that he has come down here to see, hear and feel first-hand what is going on in Whyalla,” Cr Antonio said.
“I am very pleased that he has come here to us rather than us having to go over there to him.”
Malcolm Turnbull visited the Whyalla City Council yesterdayafternoon to meet councillors.
Cr Antonio said he welcomed the announcement of a rail track upgrade using local steel.
“That is the kind of support we need for Arrium. We need to continue to look at expanding our infrastructure,” he said.
Cr Antonio said the council waslooking at someinfrastructure projects, including the expansion of the airportrunway to service bigger planes.
The Acting Mayor also said he had suggested to the Prime Minister that an army battalion could be moved into Whyalla permanently.
“With all the action going on with the army we might as well have a battalion up here,” Cr Antonio said.
The establishment of a battalion would bring 400 to800 soldiers into Whyalla, along with their families, which could deliveralmost $100 millionto the local economy.
Cr Antonio said he had suggested the idea to Mr Turnbullwho acknowledged it.
Hesincerely thanked Mr Turnbull for visiting Whyalla.
“It is absolutely awesome to see him here,” he said.
The Prime Minister arrived yesterdaymorning and visited Arrium to meet company executivesbefore holding a press conference in Wilson Park where he announced that a rail upgrade for the tracks between Adelaide and Tarcoola would be brought forward several years.
Mr Turnbull made one woman resident’s day when he chatted with her while at Wilson Park.
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he was pleased to see the Prime Minister in Whyalla.
“I’ve been at him for quite some time to say that this is a very important issue, the steel industry not just to Whyalla but to Australia,” he said.
“It’s really important that we send a message that it is important, it is in the national focus, and we are going to find a way forward for this city to thrive.”
Industry Minister Christopher Pyne praised the announcement and said it would “go a long way”towards helping the steelworks survive.
“The federal government has been working tirelessly with Arrium, the state government and other stakeholders inthe past few months to ensure the continuation of the plant,” hesaid.
Mr Pyne recently ordered an urgent review of Asian steel imports andsaid he was likely to hear back from the anti-dumping commission in early April.“I look forward to its advice on what other measures can be put in place to ensure that our local steel industry has a level playing field when competing with foreign imports,”he said.
“I willuse every lever available to me to help protect jobs and promote economic growth in South Australia and around the country.”
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