The Upper Spencer Gulf Mayors are continuing to champion the needs of the region, meeting with a number of State Parliamentarians recently, including the South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall.
Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin, Port Pirie Mayor Leon Stephens and Port Augusta Mayor Brett Benbow met with the Premier to discuss the future of the cities.
Chair of the Spencer Gulf Cities Association, Port Pirie Mayor Leon Stephens said the meetings were timely, particularly given the wide range of opportunities across the region.
"It is important that we keep highlighting what is going on in the Upper Spencer Gulf and what our priorities are," Mayor Stephens said.
"We had a very positive meeting with the Premier. He was genuinely interested in what is going on in our three cities and made a commitment to continue to meet regularly, which is fantastic."
Mr Stephens said the group had a full day in Parliament House, not only meeting with the Premier, but also the Leader of the Opposition Peter Malinauskas and Deputy Leader Susan Close, and several members of the Legislative Council including Andrew McLachlan, Justin Hanson, John Darley and Tammy Franks.
"The meetings focussed on the need for our three cities to continue to work with Government to diversify our local economies and to 'grow our own' skilled workforce through initiatives like the Uni Hub," Mayor Stephens said.
"We also highlighted a range of strategic transport infrastructure upgrades that are required in order to help unlock development opportunities and enhance intermodal efficiencies.
"These included a range of upgrades along the Augusta Highway around Port Pirie and Port Augusta that we consider to be short-term priorities in light of the commitment to duplication of the Joy Baluch AM bridge and the whole highway in the longer term.
"There are also some significant airport upgrades at both Whyalla and Port Augusta that the Councils will need support with, a range of recreation and tourism related infrastructure and some key civic and community development initiatives across the cities."