Family First candidate for the seat of Giles Cheryl Kaminski believes there is a lack of tertiary education opportunities available within the electorate.
To combat this, Mrs Kaminski said she would have a strong focus on tertiary educational issues that had been raised with her in the region.
"Families want more education opportunities in Whyalla at the university campus so they don't have to say goodbye to their children, and to prevent the children having the heartbreak of leaving the community that they know," she said.
"Quite a lot return home halfway through their studies as city life doesn't agree with them, and they then struggle to find career opportunities despite having the capacity to be contributors to our community."
Currently, Uni SA Whyalla campus only offer courses in Foundation Studies, primary school education, engineering and nursing.
In previous years the university offered business and accounting courses but these have been subsidised for the new primary education course and the incoming early childhood course.
Mrs Kaminski said Family First shared her view that South Australia was not all about Adelaide and wanted to push the state government for more opportunities in education throughout the Giles electorate.
"It's not just about Adelaide, South Australia is more than just Adelaide and we just have to grow," she said.
"Family First is about family - they are in it for families and do what families want and need."
Mrs Kaminski knows first hand the effects of the lack of education opportunities in the country as her daughter had to move interstate to complete her studies.
"Now you see students leaving for university and just coming back because they can't cope with the city life," she said.
Mrs Kaminski said if she was given the honour of representing the people of Giles she would lobby for a teaching college to be created in the city.
"I will lobby for a teachers college so that young people who want to study teaching can remain in Whyalla, rather than have to leave town," she said.
"I will also lobby the universities to consider offering more subjects here, such as physiotherapy and other specialist courses.
"If we can bring a teaching college here and the students can learn in their country environment they can stay here where they feel most comfortable."
Mrs Kaminski said it was not just education courses she would lobby for, but an expansion in all subjects offered in the region.
"We can build on the success of our nurses college to expand the campus to accommodate more courses," she said.
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