Whyalla waits for Gupta’s lat­est gift

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WHYALLA is the place to be on Mon­day, with San­jeev Gupta invit­ing all and sundry to town for what he’s dubbed the “Whyalla Big Re­veal”.

Nat­u­rally, this begs the ques­tions of what con­sti­tutes a big re­veal. Af­ter all Gupta, pic­tured, has al­ready rolled out a bil­lion-dol­lar en­ergy plan, in­clud­ing 780,000 so­lar pan­els to be in­stalled just out­side town, is re­fur­bish­ing the steel­works, and is plan­ning to put pumped hy­dro in the mines sur­round­ing Whyalla. Pause to take a breath: and you’ve said you want to build a new cop­per smelter in the re­gion, are plan­ning to build a big­ger bat­tery than the Tesla big bat­tery, and have na­tional plans to ex­tend your en­ergy foot­print to up to 10GW of power. What more does he have up his sleeve?

The Big Re­veal, which will be at­tended by Premier Steven Mar­shall and po­ten­tially even Prime Minister Scott Mor­ri­son is planned for the Ada Ryan Gar­dens, just a stone’s throw from the fore­shore, which Gupta has lamented is sorely un­der­utilised.

And he’s right, the Whyalla coast­line is both pretty great, and un­der­de­vel­oped.

There­fore our money is on some sort of tourism de­vel­op­ment be­ing an­nounced, along with an up­date on the steel­works re­fur­bish­ment.

It could be any num­ber of things, how­ever.

Gupta says he wants Whyalla to be a great place to live as well as work and the long term plan is for prop­erty de­vel­op­ments to aid in this vi­sion. It’s a lot to ab­sorb for a town on the brink of ruin not that long ago.

Surely Gupta must be odds on favourite to be Santa Claus in this year’s Whyalla Christ­mas pageant; he’s cer­tainly not be­ing shy about giv­ing out lots of presents to the lo­cals. RAISED in Adelaide in a well-known po­lit­i­cal fam­ily, Vic­to­ria Hill has her­self achieved renown as an ac­tor and pro­ducer of award-win­ning movies.

But her fame is poised to reach new lev­els as her lat­est co-pro­duc­tion, First Re­formed, is men­tioned as a con­tender for an Os­car best pic­ture nom­i­na­tion.

Star­ring Ethan Hawke (pic­tured above with Amanda Seyfried) as a minister of a small con­gre­ga­tion in up­state New York grap­pling with mount­ing de­spair, First Re­formed scooped up two awards at last week’s pres­ti­gious Gotham In­de­pen­dent Film Awards in New York City.

Hawke won best ac­tor and paid trib­ute to Hill in his ac­cep­tance speech. Di­rec­tor Paul Schrader also was hon­oured for his screen­play.

Los An­ge­les-based Hill is a pro­ducer and fi­nancier through Fi­bonacci Films, the film in­vest­ment house of fel­low w Aus­tralian Greg Clark. She also played the key sup­port­ing fe­male role to Seyfried. Fol­low­ing the Gotham awards, the in­dus­try buzz is that First Re­formed will be nom­i­nated for Fe­bru­ary’s Os­cars - Hawke for best ac­tor and Schrader for best screen­play.

Hill, 44, stud­ied drama at Flin­ders Univer­sity and in 1996 es­tab­lished Adelaide-based Brink Pro­duc­tions with seven friends.

She is the daugh­ter of for­mer de­fence minister and South Aus­tralian Liberal sen­a­tor Robert Hill and for­mer UNICEF Aus­tralia pres­i­dent, pro­fes­sional psy­chol­o­gist and ed­u­ca­tor Diana Hill. Vic­to­ria’s grand­fa­ther, Mur­ray Hill, was a minister in Steele Hall and David Tonkin’s Liberal state gov­ern­ments.

In 2006, Hill played Lady Mac­beth and co-pro­duced an Aus­tralian film ver­sion of Shake­speare’s most violent play, Mac­beth. Omi­nously, at the time she said Mac­beth could have been set in Par­lia­ment House, be­cause there were nu­mer­ous par­al­lels.

“When do you … de­cide that you’re pre­pared to sac­ri­fice your leader in or­der to for­ward your­self and what are the con­se­quences?” Hill pon­dered in 2006, six months af­ter her fa­ther ended a 25-year par­lia­men­tary ca­reer.

Per­haps Lady Mac­beth saw be­fore her the dag­ger that was plunged into Robert Hill’s erst­while col­leagues Tony Ab­bott and Mal­colm Turn­bull, un­leash­ing tur­moil within the Liberal Party.

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