Bidding farewell to wonderful Whyalla

ON LOCATION: Whyalla News Senior Journalist Louis Mayfield reporting on Army exercises at the Cultana Training Area in May 2021.

ON LOCATION: Whyalla News Senior Journalist Louis Mayfield reporting on Army exercises at the Cultana Training Area in May 2021.

Whyalla has been good to me.

That was one of the things that my Mum would always remind me during our many discussions about the next phase of my journalism career.

I started as the Senior Journalist at the Whyalla News in 2015, 20 years old and fresh out of university.

I came into it with some practical experience, having done part-time and volunteer work at the Port Pirie Recorder, where my father Greg was the Editor at the time.

I definitely had a hard act to follow, as I was taking over from Kayleigh Bruce, who had been in the role for five years.

I experienced plenty of learning curves along the way, then just when I was getting the hang of things Arrium went into administration and I was up the proverbial creek without a paddle.

Still I wouldn't change a thing because as much of a baptisim of fire that was, I learned a great deal and got be on the forefront of one of the biggest stories in Whyalla's history.

Since then I've covered so many sagas that have affected the steel city, everything from the construction of the new jetty (who could forget the inferno) to the state-wide power outage which left the steelworks in the dark, and more recently the change in ownership of the Beach Cafe and the impact of COVID-19.

But besides that major earth-shattering moments that have rocked Whyalla, it's just been fantastic to be a part of this community.

There are so many great people here, many who have supported me without a second thought. There's too many to list them all here, but everyone who has been happy to talk to me about an issue or tip me off for a story, I want you to know that without you I wouldn't have made it this far.

So thank you Whyalla, you have been good to me for the past six years.

I hope the next six years will be good to you too.

Louis Mayfield is leaving the Whyalla News to take on a new role with the Mount Barker Courier.