Upper Spencer Gulf Mayors and Council CEO's were treated to a first-hand visit of Oz Minerals Carrapateena copper-gold project, located approximately 160km north of Port Augusta.
Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin and CEO Chris Cowley, Port Augusta Mayor Brett Benbow and CEO John Banks and Port Pirie Mayor Leon Stephens and CEO Peter Ackland were all part of a delegation to the Carapateena site, hosted by Oz Minerals earlier this month.
Port Pirie Mayor and Chair of Spencer Gulf Cities, Leon Stephens said the opportunity to visit the site really put the project into perspective.
"We were just blown away by the extent of the operation. The facilities are amazing."
The strong focus on local procurement and workforce was a key feature for the Mayors.
Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin said she is very pleased to see Oz Minerals are prioritising local employment and local procurement.
"With the jobs growth opportunities expected from construction through to production on the Carrapateena project over coming years, it will provide a tremendous boost for our three Upper Spencer Gulf cities and for the state", said Mayor McLaughlin.
The Mayors also commended the approach by Oz Minerals to community engagement and maximising the local benefit from the project.
"Right from the start, Oz Minerals have been very genuine in their engagement with our communities and demonstrated a strong desire to do the right thing by us. We really appreciate that", said Port Augusta Mayor, Brett Benbow.
Mayor Stephens agreed, saying Oz Minerals were a great role model for other developers.
"Having a social licence is more than just ticking a box. Oz has consistently demonstrated they are serious about working with us, so that we all win."