Whyalla Mayor Lyn Breuer says she will rely on her political experience to get her re-elected in this year’s Local Council Elections.
Ms Breuer, who previously served as the Member for Giles for the Labor Party, believes the next four years are going to be the ‘most exciting’ in Whyalla’s history as GFG Alliance continues to invest in the town.
“We need to have a good, strong council with some vision and some foresight about what needs to be done, and some good leadership,” she said.
“We have to get this process right, we have to be able to work with GFG and Sanjeev Gupta and the state and federal governments.
“I’ve already established a good relationship with (Mr Gupta), and I’m excited about the plans he has...it’s going to be a massive opportunity for Whyalla.”
As part of that exciting future, Ms Breuer believes Whyalla will need the ability to cater for an increased population and more job opportunities from major projects in the industry pipeline.
“We need to make sure that we can get new health professionals to come to town,” she said.
“We want people to want to come and live in Whyalla, not fly-in and fly-out. We need some extra attractions to bring people here.”
Looming in the background during Ms Breuer’s election campaign will be her assault case, which returns to court in October.
She is accused of assaulting Angela Antonio, wife of Councillor Tom Antonio, at a Remembrance Day Service in November last year.
But Ms Breuer maintains her innocence, and says she’s ‘sure’ the case will be dropped.
While remaining coy about how many people may run against her for Mayor come November, Ms Breuer says she expects to see a challenge by Cr Antonio.
“I can’t imagine that he wouldn’t be running,” she said.
Ballot packs for the local council elections will be mailed to electors between October 22 and 26. Close of voting will occur at 5pm, Friday November 9.