Independent Member for Frome Geoff Brock, chief
of Flinders Ports Vincent Tremaine and Premier Jay Weatherill were definitely on the same boat during the State leader’s latest visit to Port Pirie.
On Friday, the Premier embarked on a tour through our waters.
The purpose of the harbour and gulf-based tour was for him to see first-hand the port infrastructure and the shipping channel which may be used during any future export operations.
Mr Tremaine told The Recorder the visit was very positive. “We wanted the Premier to see the potential of Port Pirie,” he said.
“During the trip, there were many interesting discussions about Flinders Ports’ endeavours for Port Pirie’s future.
“He seemed well-briefed of all our potential, especially in dealing with the mining sector.”
Mr Tremaine said the Premier was receptive of the discussions.
Mr Brock was responsible for the Premier’s visit and wanted to ensure he was aware of the advantages of our port.
“We understand that any development would be driven and funded by the private sector, but I believe that it is important for the government to have an awareness of advantages and challenges facing our port, including last mile access,” Mr Brock commented.
“Regrettably, due to weather conditions, the visibility on Spencer Gulf was poor.
“But the Premier was able to gain a better understanding by viewing marine charts and the navigation equipment used on board the pilot launch.”