Sign on to save the steelworks

sign up: The NSW Greens have launched a petition to save the Port Kembla steelworks and want Illawarra residents to support it. Picture: Sylvia Liber

The NSW Greens are calling on people in the Illawarra to help force state and federal governments to save the Port Kembla steelworks.

The party has launched an online petition at as part of a campaign to show support for the industry ahead of the Greens steel procurement bill returning to NSW Parliament later this month.

“We want to assess the strength of community resolve behinda steel procurement bill,” said Greens MP David Shoebridge.

“Increasingly,one of the ways of doingthatis showing strongsupport through an online petition.

“We really wantto spend the next two weeks leading up to June23pushing the petitionand, to be honest, it’s another way of showingthe Coalition the really united community in the Illawarra behind steel procurement.”

The petition states the importance of saving the steel industry, both from the perspective of jobs but also the need to make sure the country retains the ability to make steel.

“Australia has already lost most of its manufacturing industry,” the petition states.

“The nation and the region cannot afford to lose any more.”

Mr Shoebridge said there was ever-growing support for steel procurement.

“When my colleagueJohn Kay startedthis at the end of last year, we were pretty much one-out,” he said.

“Now we don’tthink of it as a Greens bill, we think of it as a community bill.”

Mr Shoebridge said he had been contacted by people who were supportive of the bill –and also surprised it was led by the Greens.

“Manypeople,when they’re viewing the Greens, sometimessee some of our messagingas abstract- saving the planet, saving the climate,” Mr Shoebridge said.

​“I think they see itas refreshingto see a very specific concreteproposal about saving thousands of regional jobs.”

Mr Shoebridge said the petition would be printed out in a few weeks and delivered delivered to both the NSW and Federal governments.

“So get on board, get online and get in the ear of your local members and support the bill,” he said.

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