Presidents Comments – Whyalla News June 2016

CHAMBER ACTIVELY WORKING FOR WHYALLA

Mr Ron Hay, President of the Whyalla Chamber of Commerce, said the Executive Team is actively working in its advocacy role for Whyalla businesses, through meetings and discussions, with State Government Ministers and Officials, the Administrator KordaMentha and other organizations, to assist the Whyalla community in these uncertain times.

Since the announcement was made that Arrium was in Administration, the Chamber has been credited with showing a visible level of leadership, by those we are interacting with; recognition of support for our business community, our thoughts and ideas and the very timely dissemination of information from Government sectors and the ATO for example.

Mr Hay said that it was very pleasing to gain this feedback and the accolades, as it shows that as an organization, the Chamber is here not just for its members, but the community as a whole.

From all of the discussions and meetings our Executive Team have been involved in and the support mechanisms put in place for contractors by the State Government, we understand the issues still facing our community and input from the Chamber will continue to assist in moving towards a positive outcome. What is also important in this situation, is the distribution of accurate information from the appropriate sources, which can be found on our website www.wcci.org.au.

At the moment said Mr Hay, there is lot going on in Whyalla, some of which is good news. For example, we have seen Muradel given $500K, by the State Government to progress aspects of their process and Petro-Diamond Fuels have now received their first shipment of diesel fuel, however we understand how these stories can be overshadowed by the current situation, said Mr Hay.

It will be very interesting to see from both sides of the major parties, what may evolve over the next few weeks in our current run-up to the election, in terms of comments or commitments to this community. But in the meantime, we need to show our strength as a community to move through this

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