7 October 2020
After intense lobbying from independent Senator Rex Patrick, the Government has included $15 millions dollars of funding in the Budget to assist in setting up a steel processing and galvanising plant to construct power network transmission towers in Whyalla.
"After months of advocating for transmission towers to be built in Australia using Australian steel, the Government has delivered $15 million to establish a steel processing plant to build power transmission towers in Whyalla from Whyalla steel," Senator Patrick said.
"More than 3,500 South Australians signed my petition calling on the Government to support Australian steel and I am pleased to say the Government has finally listened."
“This investment will bring a major stimulus to the South Australian and Whyalla economy. It will directly employ 80 people during construction and, once the facility is in operation, will directly employ 150 staff in Whyalla.”
“Over the next decade it is expected that at least $400 million of infrastructure capital expenditure will be repatriated back to Australia and will use over 160,000 tonnes of steel sources from Australian steel manufacturers”.
"The next step is for the South Australian and Federal Government to ensure the transmission towers for the 900km SA-NSW interconnector are built in Whyalla at this new facility.
A feasibility study, commissioned by the Government after advocacy from Senator Patrick, has shown that the towers fabricated at the facility will be cost competitive.
”There is a lineup of transmission line projects will follow the SA-NSW interconector. This is a huge win for SA and Whyalla.”