Members of the Alternative Ports Working Party will continue “plugging away” in search of a better solution for the Point Lowly peninsula.
Alternative Ports Working Party (APWP) spokesman Sid Wilson said the group had been paying close attention to the goings on of industrial developments in the region.
He said the group believed statements made in the Deloitte report suggested that other areas in the region were of higher priority than Point Lowly for the development of a commodity port.
“When you look at the Deloitte report, which has been overwritten by the state government, they’re saying that a commodity port at Point Lowly is the third option for a port on Spencer Gulf,” Mr Wilson said.
Mr Wilson said the group maintained the belief that the Point Lowly Peninsula should be developed as a tourism and recreation hub.
He said the announcement last month that Mitsubishi Corporation would develop a diesel import facility at Port Bonython was the “start of the rot” for the area.
Mr Wilson said since the group’s inception it had worked with a number of different government representatives in its quest to reach a resolution.
“We need to work out just how much education we need to do with the people who don’t know what they’re working with,” Mr Wilson said.
Mr Wilson said the group would continue to provide submissions for development consultation and would continue to follow the ongoing developments around the region.
“We’ll keep fighting a bit longer,” he said.