Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Whyalla as the 'Comeback City' and South Australia as the 'turn-around state' during his appearance at the town's Big Reveal on Monday.
"To the people who have lived in Whyalla, thank you for keeping the faith in Whyalla and we believe in the future of Whyalla," Mr Morrison said.
Coming back from where they’ve come back from is a remarkable achievement.Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Whyalla's resurgence.
"That comeback is always possible."
Mr Morrison said the past three years had been 'one of the most difficult periods in Whyalla's history', but acknowledged that the city's fortunes were changing.
He praised the work that Sanjeev Gupta and the local workers have put into the Whyalla Steelworks.
“The confidence that Sanjeev has shown in this steel plant, in the workers of this steel plant and the capacity of this wonderful town demonstrates I think what can be achieved,” Mr Morrison said.
“Coming back from where they’ve come back from is a remarkable achievement,” he said.
When asked by the Whyalla News what his message was for the people of Whyalla, Mr Morrison praised them for keeping the faith when times were tough.
“Thanks for hanging in there, we have been hanging in there with you,” he said.
“It goes to show that if you believe in the future you’re trying to create that a comeback is always possible. People in Whyalla deserve to have a smile on their face today.”
Speaking of local Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey, he described him as a champion for ensuring the Commonwealth government had been playing its part in every single element of what has been happening in Whyalla.
“It’s a win for Whyalla, it’s a win for South Australia and it’s a win for Australia, and a stronger economy for Australia,” he said.
Steven Marshall said the state government had been investing in Whyalla through $50 million towards the transformation project, $100 million to a new combined high school in Whyalla and $200 million towards a statewide upgrade of traineeships. Mr Marshall said Whyalla had a ‘great history’ and now has a ‘fantastic future’.
“We want to thank Sanjeev Gupta, GFG Alliance, their management and workers for the hard work they have put in over the last 15 months.”