Jetty key to Whyalla

Ahead of a significant announcement involving Premier Steven Marshall tomorrow, Labor Leader Peter Malinauskas is calling on the state government to ensure Whyalla’s new jetty is built.

The Opposition Leader visited the site of the old jetty on Monday and was greeted by dolphins frolicking near the shoreline.

“After visiting the site of the old jetty today I can see firsthand just how much Whyalla is in need of a new jetty,” Mr Malinauskas.

“Premier Marshall will be in the region on Wednesday, and I urge him to visit the site of the old jetty and see for himself just how much a new jetty would benefit the city.”

Member for Giles Eddie Hughes said it was important that the former Labor state government’s commitment of $1 million to the new jetty was used to ensure the timely construction of the structure by the state government.

Mr Hughes said still waiting for a formal response from Environment Minister David Spiers on the potential to install an artificial reef near the jetty.

Mr Malinauskas also called on the state government to address the need for more health professionals in Whyalla.

The shortage of health professionals was one of two key issues raised with Mr Malinauskas at the Politics in the Pub event on Sunday, the other being the need for on the ground results for the Whyalla Steelworks.

“It’s important that the state delivers health professionals on the ground here in Whyalla. We don’t want to see a fly-in, fly-out health workforce,” he said.

“That’s something we in opposition will be turning our mind to as we develop policies in that area.”

Mr Malinauskas said he was ‘grateful’ to have a private meeting with GFG Alliance on Monday, as it helped him understand the timeline of Sanjeev Gupta’s proposed projects.

“I want to make sure I’m abreast of all the facts to ensure that Labor can put as much pressure on the state government to work closely with GFG and realise all the potential which exists in Whyalla,” he said.