Whyalla locals made the most of Channel Nine’s visit on Thursday, with around 100 people packing the foreshore during Weather Presenter Chelsea Carey’s live broadcast.
The visit was part of Channel Nine’s We Love SA Nine News Road Trip, where they have been putting the spotlight on regional and remote towns on the Eyre Peninsula.
Ms Carey said the crowd at the foreshore was ‘hands down’ the biggest turnout of locals she had seen on the road trip.
“It’s filled my heart with joy, it’s lovely to come out here and feel so welcomed,” she said.
The Channel Nine team’s day in Whyalla began with a tour of the steelworks followed by kayaking with the dolphins at the Whyalla Marina with the help of local business Dolphin Treasure Hire.
True to form, the dolphins showed up.
“I was expecting to see one or two from a distance, but there were around seven or eight of them and they came right up to the kayak,” Ms Carey said.
“One was loving the camera and followed our cameraman around to show off. There was a young dolphin feeding from her mum as well, it was an incredible experience.”
Ms Carey remarked that all of the locals had been ‘so friendly’ to the team during their trip.
“Everyone treated us like friends and were so welcoming,” she said.
“They are so proud of their town. People have been saying ‘have you seen this’ or ‘we’re so glad that you are here’. It’s great to see locals showing pride in their town.”
Not only could Ms Carey see how friendly residents were, she could feel the community’s positivity about the town’s future
“Whyalla is such a resilient town, there’s a feeling of hope in the community now,” she said.
“You’ve got such a bright future and the people here know that, you can tell when you speak to locals that they are happy and proud and have a sense of peace.”
Ms Carey described Whyalla as a ‘hidden gem’ and encouraged anyone to come down and see what Whyalla has to offer.