Mayor criticises the Premier 

Premier Jay Weatherill's quick visit to Port Augusta on Saturday has attracted criticism from the mayor.

Sam Johnson has expressed his disappointment about not being able to catch up with Mr Weatherill during his brief stay.

The Premier was in town to receive a briefing from Country Fire Service officials about the Bangor fire, however didn't inform many others about his arrival.

On Saturday Mr Weatherill said he had invited the mayor to meet him at the CFS headquarters on Main Street.

"He was invited to be here today [Saturday] but unfortunately he wasn't able to be here," he said.

"I would love to catch up with him at some stage and look forward to doing that."

Mr Johnson said this wasn't the case.

"I was tipped off that Jay was coming to town and I contacted his office to confirm," he said.

"I wasn't told, nor were other mayors of the region and even the local member wasn't told which breaks protocol.

"[It's] really annoying, given the letter I received from the Premier's office late last year stating "I will advise if I am ever in the area"."

Mr Johnson did recognise that the Mr Weatherill was up here for an important reason.

"I applaud the fact he came and spent time with the CFS," he said.

"I think that is very important."

Despite not meeting with Mr Johnson, Mr Weatherill had some good things to say about the new Port Augusta mayor.

"I've heard very good reports about the new mayor and I look forward to working with him," he said.

"He has big shoes to fill."

Mr Weatherilll said he would definitely make an effort to meet up with Mr Johnson next time he is in the region.

CRITICISM: Premier Jay Weatherill's quick visit to Port Augusta on Saturday has attracted criticism from the mayor.

CRITICISM: Premier Jay Weatherill's quick visit to Port Augusta on Saturday has attracted criticism from the mayor.

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