Regional Development Australia's local chief under fire

CRITICISM: Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula chief executive officer Dion Dorward, left, and Whyalla economic development manager Alex Todd.

CRITICISM: Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula chief executive officer Dion Dorward, left, and Whyalla economic development manager Alex Todd.

The Whyalla City Council has strongly criticised comments made by the chief executive officer of Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula.

Council passed a motion of no-confidence in Dion Dorward at Monday night’s meeting.

Cr David Knox proposed the action in response to Mr Dorward’s comments on the council’s rejection of a multi-million-dollar solar proposal.

Mr Dorward supported a proposal put forward by project developer Adam Hammond, which would have been Australia’s biggest photo-voltaic solar plant.

Council rejected the offer due to the land required for the project being subject to lease arrangements with other organisations.

At the time Mr Dorward said he was “disappointed” by the council’s decision and could not see” why the council did not support the proposal.

Cr Knox said Mr Doward’s comments were “detrimental to the council” and would impact on council discussions with other renewable energy proponents.

Mr Dorward made no comment on the decision, saying he hadn’t received correspondence from council on the matter.

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