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SA premier heads for Whyalla

AAP logoAAP 19/11/2016

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill is heading for Whyalla as efforts continue to find a buyer for troubled steelmaker Arrium, a key issue for the state's mid-north.

The premier will take part in a community forum on Sunday ahead of hosting a country cabinet meeting and visiting the steelworks on Monday.

He'll later travel to Roxby Downs for more community discussions and will visit the BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam project.

The cabinet's trip north comes as Arrium's administers continue efforts to find a buyer for the company.

They are currently going through the process of showing potential suitors through the business with a number of groups expressing considerable interest.

Opposition Leader Steven Marshall says it's vital to South Australia to keep the facility operational in Whyalla.

"We need to see both federal and state governments contributing to a package to make this as attractive as possible for the right purchaser," he said.

"But I do have a sense of optimism. I think in this instance we have everybody pulling in the same direction."

Efforts to sell Arrium have also been underway as the company regroups following September's statewide blackout which halted operations for several days costing it about $20 million.

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