Premier Looks Forward To New Chapter For People Of Whyalla

Premier Looks Forward To New Chapter For People Of Whyalla

South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill

A New Chapter For The People Of Whyalla

Victor P Taffa

Premier Jay Weatherill today welcomed the beginning of a new chapter for the people of Whyalla at a ceremony to mark the official handing over of the steelworks and mine to new owner GFG Alliance.

“Whyalla is the birthplace of the Australian steel industry, and I commend GFG and Mr. Gupta for seeing the potential in the region.” Premier Jay Weatherill said.

Event brings to an end 16 months of uncertainty for workers, their families, supply chain businesses and the broader Whyalla community.

“Whyalla has been through an incredibly tough period with the loss of close to 1,000 jobs leading up to Arrium going into Administration.” Member for Giles Eddie Hughes said.

Importantly, GFG Alliance Executive Chairman Sanjeev Gupta has said the company will make major capital investments in its Whyalla operations.

 

State Government has also committed $50 Million to be invested in Whyalla’s steel-making capacity to help ensure the long-term security of thousands of local steelmaking and mining jobs, and is in discussions with GFG about the nature of that investment.

“Whyalla has a proud history of steel making and today we celebrate the beginning of a new chapter for a city that produces the highest quality steel in the world.” Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said.