The Whyalla Chamber of Commerce say diversifying the town’s economy and creating more employment opportunities in the steel city must be key objectives for the newly-elected state government.
President Ron Hay said the government elect must work with Chamber and local businesses to ensure that the Whyalla community not only survives, but thrives.
“For us in regional South Australia it is about jobs, it’s about lifestyle. Like people in Adelaide we look for the very best in education, health provision and employment choices,” he said.
“We want to feel safe and that there is the opportunity for our children to live and work in the place they were born and be able to make the choice to stay amongst family and friends.
“Whichever party and candidate can best demonstrate they have a grasp and a plan for how all that is to be achieved will go a very long way to getting elected.
“It is not enough to just have a policy; it is also about what actions are outcomes of each parties policies.”
Mr Hay said it was important for the Chamber to continually be part of an appropriate two-way engagement with both the government of the day and the local member.
”We want to see a focus on the major issues that can influence positive change in business conditions and economic development from whoever is elected,” he said.
“It is important that the party elected has a clear focus on the needs of business, costs, impediments to growth and the needs of and support for regional communities.”
Mr Hay said the successful candidate for Giles would need to focus on the fact that the state’s future growth will come from the regional areas mainly through resources and energy sectors.
“These areas include mining, manufacturing, oil and gas, agriculture and aquaculture and therefore the fast tracking of major projects is imperative,” he said.
“The Chamber is also keen to understand how the elected member will work in positive way with the Chamber, Council and Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula.”