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Public forum into privatisation of port of Port Kembla

A PUBLIC forum on the future of the port of Port Kembla will be held at the Wollongong Town Hall on Wednesday November 7 from 6.30pm.

The public is invited to attend and partake in a Q&A with the Minister for the Illawarra and Finance and Services Greg Pearce, economist Graham Larcombe and South Coast Labour Council Secretary Arthur Rorris.

Following the Q&A will be an address by Shadow Minister for Ports and Energy Ron Hoenig. Mr Hoenig is also the former Mayor of Botany Bay, whose port is also facing privatisation by the NSW O’Farrell Government.

Joining Hoenig is Paul Green MLC, Dr John Kaye and Keira MP and Shadow Minister for Roads Ryan Park.

Questions can be submitted for Q&A prior to entry at the information desk in the foyer of the Town Hall, as well as during the event. Questions are to be hand written and directed to the Q&A speakers.

Hosted by Wollongong City Council, Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery is opening the night with a welcome to presenters and attendees. MC for the event and facilitator of the Q&A is Nick McLaren from ABC Illawarra.

For more information visit Save Our Ports website.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local 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 the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW 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 authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated 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 is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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