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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CBD Rejuvenation


Port Pirie Regional Council decided to revitalise the Port Pirie CBD and enhance its image as a major retail and recreation destination for the Mid North region of South Australia.

The main aims of the project were to:

  • Revitalise the public realm and retail environment to support local businesses and the community;
  • Increase the profiles of Port Pirie’s main streets as ‘places for people’;
  • Highlight the cultural and historical significance of Port Pirie through urban design and public art;
  • Create a safe and attractive destination that caters to the Port Pirie community and wider region;
  • Improve the streetscape for pedestrians including more shade, landscaping, improved wayfinding, better links between key destinations and use of interesting urban elements and materials;
  • Improve the functionality of the streets for vehicles and other transport modes.

The Port Pirie CBD Upgrade project was designed to revitalise the Port Pirie City Centre and its environs, including the improvement of the streetscape, the alteration of associated signage, improved branding and essential infrastructure.

This project was based upon the findings of a Retail Assessment and Employment Lands Study and involves the Regeneration of the CBD environs to improve Port Pirie as a Regional Service Centre, increase retail spend and employment opportunities. The growth of the retail centre would improve employment and the attractiveness of Port Pirie as a place to live, work and invest.

Project Funding

The total cost of the upgrade works is in the order of $11 million. Council secured a total of $3.5 million to construct Stage 1 of the project in 2016. $1.5m of this funding has been sourced from the State Government’s Places for People program. Total funding for Stage 2 would be $6m. Construction of Stage 2 is subject to funding being made available. Funding for Stage 2 is currently being sought to upgrade the balance of Florence Street and Norman Street.

CBD Upgrade Design

Port Pirie Regional Council commissioned a team, led by Jensen Planning and Design, to undertake the detailed design of Stages 1 and 2 of the streetscape upgrade project. The team refined these ideas in throughout 2016 during the Concept Design phase.

The project involved improved landscaping, footpath paving, road surfaces and provision of suitable street furniture and installation of public art features.

Fact Sheet - Port Pirie CBD Upgrade

CBD Consultation Posters

CBD Rejuvenation

Alexander Street Design Fly-Through

CBD Upgrade - Stage 1 Construction

The Stage 1 Construction phase of the Port Pirie CBD Rejuvenation project was completed in June 2017. This Stage of the project involved construction of new hard surfaces, street furniture and landscaping in Florence Street (section from Norman Street to Alexander Street) and Alexander Street (section from Florence Street to Ellen Street).

Florence Street Design Fly-Through

Background Information

In 2013 Port Pirie Regional Council commissioned a Master Plan of the central business district in Port Pirie. The Master Plan included concepts for the streets to be included in Stage 1 of the streetscape upgrade project.

CBD Master Plan (Pt 1)

CBD Master Plan (Pt 2)

CBD Master Plan (Pt 3)

CBD Master Plan (Pt 4)

Retail Analysis Report

CBD Business Case