Legislative Council: Tuesday, June 27, 2023


Whyalla Steelworks

In reply to the Hon. F. PANGALLO ().2 May 2023).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Treasurer has advised:

The government remains committed to providing $50 million of grant funding to the Whyalla Steelworks for approved projects which contribute to its operational efficiency. The grant funding is subject to a formal assessment and approval process and only projects that meet agreed outcomes for the Whyalla Steelworks and the town of Whyalla will be approved. Grant funding will be provided on a reimbursement basis and subject to a formal assessment process.

In relation to a recent visit by the Premier to Whyalla, GFG Alliance publicly announced the phase-out of coal-based steelmaking on 4 April 2023, with the purchase of an electric arc furnace. The announcement is in line with this government's commitment to lowering CO² emissions by 2030 and net zero by 2050.

It is important to the people of Whyalla to show that this government is committed to supporting the city.