Whyalla waits for Gupta’s latest gift
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.