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.