Premier invited to Port privatisation forum

THE Port of Port Kembla Working Group has invited NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, NSW Treasurer Mike Baird, Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay and Minister for the Illawarra Greg Pearce to a Community Forum at Wollongong Town Hall to discuss the privatisation of Port Kembla.

The forum will provide an opportunity for Wollongong City Council and the community to have concerns addressed and questions answered directly from the NSW State Government over the controversial proposal.

Chairperson of the Port of Port Kembla Working Group Wollongong councillor Vicki Curran said the forum will allow discussion and debate around the important issue and provide Premier O’Farrell and his cabinet the first opportunity to put the privatisation to the people of the Illawarra and listen to concerns.

“The forum is a way of informing, debating and listening to the community and addressing concerns without further delay. Disappointingly Council, community groups and individuals still await a response to formal letters and questions sent to the NSW Government regarding the privatisation of the port of Port Kembla,” Cr Vicki Curran said.

“So this forum will be the perfect opportunity for the premier of NSW and his cabinet to address the Illawarra community, listen to our concerns, and provide answers and information.”

The Working Group – formed by Wollongong City Council to advance its position on the possible privatisation – has provided Premier O’Farrell and respective ministers with four possible dates to chose from being Tuesday October 16, Tuesday October 23, Monday November 5 or Tuesday November 6. The forum will be mediated by Quentin Dempster and aired on ABC tevision’s 7.30 Report.

For more information call Cr Vicki Curran 0419 691 688.

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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