COVID-19 Coronavirus Public Information


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 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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Capital Works and Projects

The proposed capital works program for 2018/19 is $9.2 million in total, of which $3.9 million is allocated for new assets and the remainder of $5.3 million for the renewal and upgrade of existing assets.

Work will be continuing on the redevelopment of the Port Pirie Sporting Precinct project with an allocation of $3m for the 2018/19 budget. This project is supported with Australian and State Government grant funding and new loan borrowings.

Capital works proposed include the redevelopment of the Crystal Brook Library and Office to provide a more functional community centre to encourage broader use.  Further works will be undertaken at the Port Pirie and various rural Cemeteries and a number of Council and community buildings will be upgraded.

A total of $9.2 million will be spent on capital projects including:

Sealed Roads $1,700,000

Unsealed Roads $885,000

Kerbing $300,000

Footpaths $50,000

Street Services $170,000

Parks and Recreation $410,000

Cemetery Projects $100,000

Stormwater Drainage and Environment $110,000

Township Entrance Statements $100,000

CWMS $80,000

Road Safety Centre Improvements $55,000

Carparks $250,000

Cultural Precinct $510,000

Crystal Brook Library & Community Centre $286,000

Equipment $873,000

Major Plant and Vehicles $865,000

Aerodrome Boundary Fence $15,000

Other $29,701

Irrigation, barbeques and rubbish bins will be installed in various parks and the restoration of the Port Pirie WW1 Gates will be completed. There will also be resources committed to tree management, footpath improvements and other community amenities in the region.

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