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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Why Invest in Port Pirie

Port Pirie Location Map

Located on Spencer Gulf South Australia, Port Pirie is only 220 kilometers north of Adelaide, in close proximity to the Southern Flinders Ranges. Easily accessible by both land and sea, the city was founded in 1853 and has a growing population of approximately 17,000.

Port Pirie is the largest city in the State’s Mid North Region and plays an important role as a regional service centre, with many of the surrounding smaller towns relying on Port Pirie for education, healthcare, retail and employment.

The CBD comprises a broad range of services and facilities typical of a large country town/small city, including a wide range of community facilities, commercial operations, offices, medical services, automotive services, short term accommodation and personal services, as well as substantial retail floor space.

The City has excellent education and healthcare options, an array of sporting clubs and recreational areas, and is also a centre for regional tourism. Together with a thriving retail sector, Port Pirie offers a range of business and lifestyle opportunities.

Port Pirie also benefits from being located strategically to the increasing mining activities in northern Southern Australia, one of Australia’s most promising mineral frontiers. Potentially, this includes not only mineral prospects in the region, but also the potential future development of unconventional gas resources located in the Cooper Basin.

The city is home to the worlds largest lead smelter and also produces and handles zinc and other concentrates which are transported using the existing port facilities. Having such a large facility located in the region provides ready access to a skilled workforce, metal fabrication businesses and a large range of mining and support services.

Primary production in the form of cropping, viticulture, and livestock, is also important to the local economy along with industries and businesses supporting the smelting activities. The other key area of employment is service industries.

Port Pirie’s main areas of employment include resources and manufacturing, education, retail, hospitality and healthcare.  In addition to the growing mining and resources sector in the region, key business sectors in Port Pirie include:

  • Construction
  • Retail trade
  • Property and business services
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing.

The lifestyle advantages offered by Port Pirie include a broad range of services and facilities, good proximity to Adelaide, and affordable housing. Increasing employment opportunities in the region will be an important attraction for returning locals and opportunity seekers.

Business and industry expansion opportunities identified in the plan applicable to Port Pirie include:

  • Value adding to agricultureAerial Photo of Port Pirie
  • Intensive livestock
  • Aquaculture
  • Service industries particularly in support of new mining activities
  • Building and construction
  • Mining and mineral processing
  • Manufacturing
  • Renewable energy and alternative water sources
  • Knowledge intensive industries.

Tourism and mining do provide key opportunities for the local region to respond and diversify its economic base, as do expansions in the community services sectors. Tourism has been identified as a growth opportunity and over the period 2001 – 2006, employment in tourism industry related jobs increased.

Growth in the community services sector will also be in part reliant upon an increased population base both from within Port Pirie and the surrounding catchment areas. Major investment and service upgrades and or expansions are likely also to provide increased employment opportunities in this sector.

The city is relatively well positioned with respect to many areas where mining or exploration is occurring. Port Pirie is particularly well located for mining exploration to the east. The industry base within the City to date has resulted in the workforce having numerous skills and resources that are directly transferable to the mining industry during exploration work, construction and operation phases. In particular Port Pirie has a strong base in engineering, fabrication and construction businesses and associated trades. It also has a ready workforce.