An Illawarra steel campaigner has praised the NSW government for “actually listening to the people” amid the ongoing fight to ensure the industry remains viable.
Ian Waters, a project engineer at Unanderra’s K&R Fabrications, said he was pleased with the outcome of this week’s government-led procurement forum, which talked methods to maximise use of Australian-made steel.
“It definitely wasn't a talkfest. I believe [Minister for Finance, Services and Property] Victor Dominello is actually conscious of what our problems are and he actually wants to help us,” Mr Waters said.
“I’ve got a lot to say about a lot of politicians but I’ve got a view that he is actually taking us seriously.”
Mr Dominello has given the government's procurement board a deadline of 28 days to report back on potential options.
The timeframe didn’t faze Mr Waters.
“We’re very happy to wait the 28 days because I reckon we'll actually see something decent in 28 days, that’s the feeling I’ve got,” he said.
“I’m pleased that at least he’s putting a tangible time on it.”