Need for skills

MEETING: Port Pirie Mayor John Rohde, Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey, Member for Frome Geoff Brock, Whyalla Mayor Lyn Breuer, Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Port Augusta Mayor Sam Johnson and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.
MEETING: Port Pirie Mayor John Rohde, Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey, Member for Frome Geoff Brock, Whyalla Mayor Lyn Breuer, Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Port Augusta Mayor Sam Johnson and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.

Mayor Lyn Breuer took the chance to promote Whyalla’s campaign to bring more job-skills training to the city and region during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.

The Infrastructure Minister was in the region and met with the Upper Spencer Gulf mayors who, along with local State and Federal representatives, were holding a quarterly meeting in Port Augusta.

Ms Breuer said the meeting was an ideal opportunity to put the spotlight on the issue of accessible training opportunities in Whyalla with industry expanding and a host of new projects in the pipeline.

“It was a positive meeting and I’m sure the Deputy Prime Minister got a good understanding of what is required in Whyalla and the Upper Spencer Gulf when it comes to job-skills training,” she said.

“The projects are coming and we have the facilities here in the region, we now need programs, funding and buy-in from all stakeholders to make it all happen and make sure our local workforce and kids coming out of school can take advantage of these new job opportunities.

Mayor Breuer said the co-operation between the three Upper Spencer Gulf cities was a key in attracting the necessary government funding and support for these training services and infrastructure.

The meeting was made possible by Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey who was hosting Mr McCormacks’s visit with state members for Stuart and Frome, Dan van Holst Pellekaan and Geoff Brock.

 “It was a good opportunity to present our three cities as a strong region working together and discuss some of the other issues pertaining to us such as the new renewable energy projects, mining projects and regional roads,” Ms Breuer

“The co-operation being shown between Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Pirie as the Upper Spencer Gulf is the sort of collaboration the Federal Government recognises.

“It gives us a better chance of obtaining vital funding to help kick along these exciting projects happening throughout the region.”