Government action on still ‘worth the wait’: campaigner

Ian Waters, a project engineer at Unanderra’s K&R Fabrications, says he's happy with the outcome of this week’s state government-led steel procurement forum. The government is due to report on options within 28 days.

Ian Waters, a project engineer at Unanderra’s K&R Fabrications, says he's happy with the outcome of this week’s state government-led steel procurement forum. The government is due to report on options within 28 days.

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.”

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