A State Liberal MP has questioned the State Government on their long-term plan for Arrium.The State Liberal Party has called on the Weatherill government to outline a long-term plan for the futureof Arrium and Whyalla.
Member for StuartDan van Holst Pellekaan said no commitment had been made by the State Government to secure the long-term future of Arrium.
“Treasurer Koutsantonis has been ‘in talks’ for over ten months now and there are many unanswered questions,” Mr Pellekaan said.
“There has been sufficient time for talk, what exactly is the Weatherill Labor Government doing to support Arrium’s workers and the South Australian economy.”
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonissaid the government’s Steel Task Force has been working to identify the best way a capital investment could be made to benefit Whyalla.
“That process is nearly complete but it must not be rushed,” Mr Koutsantonis said.
“It’s essential that we make the right investment in Whyalla that improves the capacity of Arrium to reduce costs, win contracts and trade into the future for the long term.”
Mr Koutsantonis said the state government would be becalling on the Federal Government and the Federal Opposition to commit to a partnership on the investment before the Federal Election.
“We will also call on the State Opposition to assist our state achieve a co-investment with the Commonwealth,” he said.
Mr Pellekaan said it was essential for the state government to develop a plan for Arrium.
“The people of Whyalla and all South Australians deserve to know what options the State Government is considering,” he said.
Mr Pellekaan said he was still waiting to see the answers to several questions, including:
– Has the Weatherill Government prepared an assistance package for Arrium?
– If so, how much tax-payer dollars will be committed?
– What assurances will there be?
– When will this be announced?
Mr Koutsantonis was recently in Whyalla to meet with Arrium creditors, Administrator Mark Mentha, Member for Giles Eddie Hughes and Small Business Commissioner John Chapman.
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