Business SA is visiting Port Augusta on Tuesday, February 19 to host Regional Voice Port Augusta in a bid to help local businesses gain new connections, new opportunities and new business insights.
The free event will focus on issues identified in Business SA’s biennial Regional Voice Survey, including council rates, infrastructure, and electricity costs, reliability and supply.
Business SA Executive Director Industry and Government Engagement Anthony Penney revealed 85 per cent of the region’s respondents thought South Australia needed a government policy to specifically promote regional growth.
Mr Penney identified the biggest challenges affecting growth in Port Augusta.
“Port Augusta and Whyalla have faced uncertainty in recent years with the closure of the Northern Power Station and threatened shutdown of Whyalla’s steelworks,” he said.
“While Whyalla is turning a corner thanks to the steelworks’ new owner GFG Alliance, Port Augusta has ongoing challenges.
“Skills shortages and attracting appropriately-skilled staff were significant and ongoing issues, as was sending staff to Adelaide for training.”
The event will include updates on cyber security and protecting assets while doing business online, while Alex Flint from Employers Mutual Limited will discuss regional workplace health.
Port Augusta City Council CEO John Banks will provide a regional update, while Northpoint Toyota Sales Manager Tony Robinson will conduct a presentation.
The Small Business Commissioner’s office will be speaking about regional concerns.
Regional Voice Port Augusta will be held at Northpoint Toyota from 5:30pm.