Whyalla goes live on Sky

Paul Murray LIVE Our Town was live from Whyalla last night, the fifth location of the ten regional broadcasts taking place across the nation.

Bringing a night of entertainment and much-needed financial assistance to the local community, the special episode included live performances by Sony Music artist Samantha Jade and the announcement of $20,000 raised to support locals looking to rebuild their lives after facing personal hardships.

Working with the South Australian Country Women's Association (SACWA) to identify key areas of need in the region, principal partner Harvey Norman last night announced that the funds raised will be donated to support individuals and families looking to rebuild their lives after overcoming personal hardships.

Harvey Norman CEO Katie Page said: "We are so proud to be a part of the Paul Murray Live Our Town project and what has been achieved in Whyalla.

"We are so grateful to the Harvey Norman Whyalla team, our local customers and the wonderful women of the SACWA.

"All funds raised will go to the SACWA, with a focus in Whyalla to help those in need of support and requiring a helping hand to rebuild their lives.

"The SACWA will allocate funds to assist those who have been forced or chosen to start a new life; whether it is escaping domestic violence, rebuilding after long-term illness or providing support with a new baby in challenging circumstances.

"The SACWA know better than anyone where the donation will make a real difference in the local Whyalla community."

Sky News Anchor Paul Murray said: "Whyalla is a can-do town and I'm thrilled that so many people came to show the rest of the country why this place is on the move. Samantha was fantastic and yet again showed why she's one of Australia's most talented performers.

"The money raised by Harvey Norman's customers will live on long after we have moved on. I'm so proud that we don't just come here, but the benefits will continue for a long time to come."

Sky News Chief Executive Paul Whittaker said: "Thanks to our partners, Paul Murray Live Our Town has so far raised more than $180,000 for local communities around Australia and we are extremely proud to extend this support to the people of Whyalla. What a wonderful town to celebrate."

The Paul Murray LIVE Our Town sees the number one Sky News program and its host Paul Murray visit ten regional locations in ten months, celebrating the uniqueness of each town while hearing from residents about the issues and challenges facing Australia's heartland.

To view the full episode broadcast on Sky News from Whyalla click HERE.

Paul Murray LIVE airs each Sunday - Thursday at 9pm AEST on Sky News Live, Foxtel channel 103 and 600 and across WIN's regional free-to-air network Sky News on WIN, channels 53 and 83.