In the lead up to the state election, which will be held on Saturday, March 15 this year, Liberal candidate for the seat of Giles Bernadette Abraham has been hitting the streets to listen to the concerns of local communities in the electorate of Giles.
Over the weekend Mrs Abraham held a series of street corner meetings around Whyalla to provide residents with an opportunity to relay any issues they are facing or concerns they have.
"This is about hearing what people are concerned about to take back to the Marshall team," Mrs Abraham said.
Mrs Abraham said residents and communities across the electorate of Giles did have a voice and she wants to make sure these are heard at a state government level.
"I'm keen to work for the electorate," Mrs Abraham said.
"I will be a strong advocate for the electorate of Giles; businesses, communities and individuals.
Mrs Abraham said the state Liberal team had already announced policies to grow population in regional areas.
With this in mind, Mrs Abraham said she has been visiting communities across the electorate of Giles to find out what residents' concerns were.
Mrs Abraham said across the electorate the concerns she heard the most were cost of living pressures, a need to increase job opportunities and improving infrastructure.
While residents in Whyalla enjoyed a great lifestyle, Mrs Abraham said community members were keen to see the city thrive even further.
"People are concerned that Whyalla is perceived as being a "one industry town" which is nothing new but are keen to look at other opportunities to secure economic growth in Whyalla," Mrs Abraham said.
Other concerns for Whyalla were about medical services.
Mrs Abraham said residents were pleased with an upgraded hospital facility but said the hospital still lacked the medical specialists that locals and residents from surrounding areas needed to access.
"While there are issues there are a lot of positives in the electorate," Mrs Abraham said.
Across the electorate of Giles, Mrs Abraham said it was a diverse region that offered a host of different industries with unique landscapes and communities.
"I would be honoured to be the representative for Giles because we have such a diverse electorate," Mrs Abraham said.
As part of her election campaign, Mrs Abraham said she would continue to be available for residents in the electorate of Giles to take the opportunity to meet with her and discuss their concerns.
"I think we should be proud of our stance in the state in terms of economic contribution to SA so therefore we deserve a government that will encourage and assist regional economic growth," Mrs Abraham said.