For the first time a leader of the South Australian Legislative Council has visited Whyalla, with current President Andrew McLachlan meeting Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin and council CEO Chris Cowley.
Mr McLachlan attended a breakfast at the Whyalla Foreshore Motor-Inn on Wednesday and met with several service providers as part of his Listening Tour of the regions.
Asked what the feeling was amongst the locals he met with, Mr McLaughan said there was a 'renewed enthusiasm' in the town after the life of the Whyalla Steelworks had been secured.
"There's lots of development opportunities that flow from that. There's a fantastic confidence in Whyalla and strong community connections to support the disadvantaged," he said.
"I've met a series of very impressive people who are a great credit to Whyalla."
Ahead of the federal election in May Mr McLachlan said he expected locals wouldn't be disappointed by what the Liberal Party offer come election time.
"The state government have enjoyed a healthy and vibrant relationship with the federal government which has allowed us to deliver programs and services over the last year for the benefit of South Australia," he said.
Mr McLachlan said it was great to meet with new Mayor Clare McLaughlin and said he planned to meet with the three other new Mayors in Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Cowell.