President of the Whyalla Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr Ron Hay, said that the outcome of the current Mayoral election, will be interesting due to the fact that Whyalla residents have a number of candidates to consider with a range of individual qualities, and due to the current situation in Whyalla, this election will be very important to our community for a number of reasons.
Mr Hay said the Chamber will be looking for a number of traits from the successful candidate, with the most important being a representative and statesperson for this community, in addition to a number of leadership qualities across a number of key areas.
With the present circumstances in Whyalla, political leadership through positive engagement with Ministers and representatives from all levels of government and its departments, both state and federal, will be the key to developing and maintaining appropriate external relationships for this community, said Mr Hay.
Being part of the development of an economic plan and strategy for not only this community, but also the Upper Spencer Gulf region, will require the successful candidate to provide a level of economic leadership and a vision for moving forward into an economy driven by a diverse industry base.
Mr Hay said, building relationships and working with key organizations like the Chamber and Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula, will also be a fundamental part of moving this community forward, through having a common focus on our businesses, understanding their capabilities and promoting them to potential customers for opportunities in a planned and structured way.
The election of a Mayor should provide the appropriate stability for this critical role, especially since we currently see a number of key roles within Council, with ‘acting’ incumbents, said Mr Hay. Therefore the successful candidate will need to provide a high level of leadership and guidance to elected members.
Mr Hay said, with the current issues facing Whyalla and the Upper Spencer Gulf, residents need to consider who is best positioned to provide the appropriate leadership to take us through in a positive way, building the bridges and relationships we need, to create a community that is diverse, sustainable and has longevity.