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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Council Vision and Mission

Vision

"REGIONAL LEADER - ECONOMIC HUB - QUALITY LIFESTYLE"

By 2025 the Port Pirie Region is the premier regional centre in South Australia where residents and visitors want to be.

Mission

To progressively strive for excellence, lead with integrity and deliver positive outcomes for the community.

Council will achieve its mission by:

  • Providing leadership on behalf of the community.
  • Planning for future economic prosperity.
  • Planning for future growth.
  • Providing high quality services in response to needs.
  • Providing and maintaining assets and infrastructure efficiently and sustainably.
  • Advocating on behalf of the community.
  • Building community capacity and resilience.
  • Forming strategic alliances and partnerships.
  • Building the capacity of the organisation.

Values

Port Pirie Regional Council is committed to the following core values:

Service Delivery Excellence

Council will ensure that its services meet quality, cost and efficiency standards; are accessible and are responsive to the needs of the community.

Accountability

Council acts on behalf of the communities of Port Pirie Regional Council and accepts accountability for its decisions and actions.

Honesty, Integrity and Transparency

Council will strive to be valued and trusted by the community through its actions and open and honest communication.

Ethical Behaviour and Good Governance

Council values ethical conduct and employs principles of good governance.

Inclusivity

Council acts on behalf of all residents and ratepayers. We value the community and will treat all people with dignity, respect and equity.

Team Work and Professionalism

Council values a cohesive team approach with the administration and elected members working together to lead the region forward with appropriate skills, knowledge and experience.