Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin will play a leadership role on a fresh Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group after recently being elected Deputy Chair.
Ms McLaughlin joins Port Pirie Mayor and USG Chair Leon Stephens and Port Augusta Mayor Brett Benbow in the group which provides an avenue for the Upper Spencer Gulf cities to collaborate on projects.
“This is a great opportunity for myself but also for Whyalla to be actively involved in a regional focus that is going to benefit the all three cities,” she said.
“We are not only very similar in a geographical sense, we share a lot of commonalities in industry, economy and community.
“These similarities allow a body like Spencer Gulf Cities to work on projects and initiatives that will have great benefits for all three centres.”
Ms McLaughlin said the three cities could achieve ‘great things’ in collaboration with state and federal governments by working together and sharing a ‘united voice’.
She said there were a number of projects and initiatives left on the table by the previous Spencer Gulf Cities group that the new members would be keen to see through.
“With a new Spencer Gulf Cities group, fresh initiatives and ideas are yet to be formulated,” Ms McLaughlin said.
"But the scope for these are boundless and we’re looking forward to getting stuck into some serious work to promote and grow our cities and region.”