COVID-19 Coronavirus Public Information

PUBLIC STATEMENT – COVID 19

Port Pirie Regional Council is mindful of community concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID 19) and the impact it is having on our local community.

We find ourselves in an unprecedented environment and would like to assure that the wellbeing of the community is our first priority and that we will continue to monitor and adapt to the rapidly developing and changing situation around the Coronavirus (COVID 19).

Because of the rapidly changing situation we are focussing our primary communication through our website www.pirie.sa.gov.au and Facebook page. We will continue to use radio, television and newspapers to communicate information however using our website and Facebook is a quicker way to get information out.

Please share our website and Facebook information with your family and friends.

With the current advice we have available we are not proposing to change our service levels at this time however we are monitoring this on a daily basis and may decide to take action such as closing our library and limiting some Council services if the spread continues and/or as directed by State and Federal Governments.

Council has a Business Continuity Plan which contemplates a pandemic situation and identifies key services required to be provided. This Plan is continually being reviewed as circumstances evolve and advice is received by the lead agencies, being the State and Federal Government.

Due to the declaration of a Public Health Emergency in South Australia and the Federal Government’s direction to cancel non-essential gatherings the following events have been cancelled -

  • Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery Exhibition, Robyn Stacey: Ray of Light – The exhibition launch scheduled for 21 March 2-4pm. Please note that the exhibition itself will still be open to the public as scheduled. (Cancelled in consultation with Country Arts SA and The Art Gallery of SA)
  • Port Pirie Riverbank Precinct Community Event scheduled for March 21.
  • Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) Masters Tour scheduled for 26 and 27 March.  (Cancelled by Cricket Australia)

The most up to date and trusted information and alerts regarding the Coronavirus should be sourced directly from the lead agencies dealing with the Coronavirus –

Mayor Stephens is in regular communication with our local Member of Parliament The Hon Geoff Brock regarding our preparation and plans for the Coronavirus.

If unsure about what to do at any time, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for general questions on 1800 020 080.

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Update on Temporary Suspension of Some Council Services

Update on Temporary Suspension of Some Council Services

Following the Australian Government’s announcement on Tuesday night in response to the public health concerns around COVID-19, the following Port Pirie Regional Council services will be suspended until further notice (effective as of COB yesterday, Wednesday 25 March):

  • Port Pirie Library
  • Crystal Brook Library
  • Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery
  • Crystal Brook Swimming Pool
  • Port Pirie Visitor Information Centre – consistent with the Federal Government direction around suspension of Local Government non-essential services. Please note, Stateliner Bus Service remains in operation and is still accessible to the public via a separate entrance.

It is also likely that as part of our strategies for continued service delivery, Council staff will be working from different locations in order to comply with social distancing protocols. Further details will be made available as these actions are implemented.

Council will continue to monitor and adapt to this rapidly changing situation and will endeavour to keep you updated.

The safety and wellbeing of the community and our staff are our first priority and we thank you for your support and understanding.

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Access to Prime Infrastructure

Industry and business development relies on access to prime infrastructure that has maximum connectivity and integration. Port Pirie boasts high quality infrastructure, access to raw materials, a skilled and productive work force and a strong industrial background, making it the ideal location for industrial and commercial investments.

The provision of key utilities such as water, sewer, telecommunication, electricity and natural gas is geared to the demands of expanding industry in the region. More specifically, infrastructure and essential services that are available in Port Pirie include:

  • Water - A reliable and low cost potable water supply for domestic and industry needs is reticulated throughout the City, sourced from the SA Government owned Morgan to Whyalla pipeline.
  • Natural Gas - Supply to Port Pirie is via a lateral connection to the Moomba to Adelaide natural gas pipeline. The City has an extensive distribution network, offering natural gas connections to most residential and commercial areas. High pressure natural gas (ie 700 Kpa and 140 Kpa) serve the needs of current industrial and commercial consumers, with expansion feasibility currently being investigated.
  • Electricity - The Upper Spencer Gulf is a major source of competitive coal fired power generation capacity for South Australia. Large electricity transmission lines (ie 275kV) pass by the outskirts of Port Pirie, delivering power from the Flinders Power Station located at Port Augusta.  A major upgrade of Bungama Substation ensures Port Pirie and the region has adequate energy infrastructure to meet future demand.
  • Transport: Road - Port Pirie is ideally situated 5km from National Highway 1 with easy access to National Highway corridors linking the region to New South Wales and Victoria, Northern Territory and Western Australia.
  • Transport : Rail - Port Pirie is located at the heart of Australia's rail network, providing standard gauge rail connections across Australia. The Adelaide to Darwin and east-west trans-Australia rail links converge at Crystal Brook, 23km south-east of the City. This vital rail corridor passes the outskirts of the City with substantial track connections to the port, grain terminal and Nyrstar Port Pirie Smelter.
  • Transport: Air - Port Pirie airport, owned and operated by the Port Pirie Regional Council, offers three runways including an unrated, all weather 1040m sealed airstrip. The airport offers refuelling and hangar storage options and can accommodate 24 hour access for twin engine private and charter aircraft. Potential also exists to upgrade the existing airport infrastructure to accommodate Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) services
  • Transport : Sea – Port Pirie is the principle open access general cargo port in the region, servicing up to 100 ships per annum. Principle commodities include mineral concentrate, refined lead and zinc, coal, grain and general cargo. The port is operated by Flinders Ports and accessed via a channel and swinging basin dredged to 6.4m. Depth at most berths is 8.2m. The port can handle HandiMax class vessels up to 185m length.
  • Telecommunication – Port Pirie enjoys best available services for voice and data communications. High speed broadband internet services are available throughout the City and supported by comprehensive mobile coverage.

In addition, Port Pirie Regional Council maintains an extensive range of municipal and community infrastructure to meet the needs of the region.