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

Temporary Closure of Outdoor Play Areas    30 MARCH 2020
Following the Australian Government’s announcement yesterday, Council has temporarily closed all playgrounds and skate parks in our region until further notice.
These are being physically locked where possible and signage installed.
We thank you for your cooperation.

Update on Temporary Suspension of Some Council Services  26 MARCH 2020
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.

Temporary Suspension of Some Council Services    24 MARCH 2020
Under the direction of the Australian Government in response to the public health concerns around COVID-19, the following Council services will be suspended until further notice:
*Port Pirie Aquatic & Leisure Centre (both indoor and outdoor facilities following confirmation that outdoor pools attached to indoor sporting venues are included in the Australian Government guidelines).
*Port Pirie Visitor Information Centre – Shark Cage Virtual Reality experience.
*Port Pirie Library – All children’s activities (includes Baby Bounce, Lego Club, Sunday Storytime and Gen Z).
*Crystal Brook Community Bus.
As our duty of care to vulnerable people, Council has also suspended the following services until further notice:
*Port Pirie Visitor Information Centre – Weekend and Public Holiday hours suspended.
*Pirie Rail Express Miniature Railway.
*Tech Savvy Seniors (Port Pirie Library).
Based on current Government guidelines, the Crystal Brook Swimming Pool will remain open as per normal operating procedures as it is a separate outdoor facility. Belgravia Leisure has implemented risk mitigation strategies for social distancing and personal hygiene. Please note that the Crystal Brook Pool season is due to conclude on Tuesday 31 March 2020.
We will continue to monitor and adapt to this rapidly changing situation and keep you updated.
The safety and wellbeing of the community is our first priority and we thank you for your support and understanding.

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Public Registers

Required to be kept under the Local Government Act 1999

The Chief Executive Officer must maintain a Register of Interests and must cause to be entered in the Register all information furnished pursuant to this Division and Schedule 3.

70—Inspection of Register

A council must publish, in accordance with the regulations, the following details in relation to each member of the council contained in the Register on a website determined by the chief executive officer (and cause the details on the website to be updated at regular intervals):

(a) the member's income sources (within the meaning of Schedule 3) or employer;

(b) the name of any political party, any body or association formed for political purposes or any trade or professional organisation (within the meaning of Schedule 3) of which the member is a member;

(c) any gifts received by the member that are required to be included in the information entered in the Register in relation to the member.

2019 Register of Interests - Council Members

2018 Register of Interests - Council Members

The Chief Executive Officer of a council must ensure that a record (the Register of Allowances and Benefits) is kept in which is entered, in accordance with principles (if any) prescribed by the regulations, in respect of each member of the council— (a) the annual allowance payable to the member; and (b) details of any expenses reimbursed by the council under section 77(1)(b); and (c) details of other benefits paid or payable to, or provided for the benefit of, the member by the council.

Register of Allowances and Benefits July 19 to March 2020

Register of Allowances and Benefits July 19 to December 19

Register of Allowances and Benefits July 19 to Sept 19

Register of Allowances and Benefits July 18 to June 2019

Register of Allowance and Benefits July 18 to March 19

Register of Allowance and Benefits July 18 to December 18

Register of Allowance and Benefits Jul 18 to Sep 18

Register of Allowance and Benefits Jul 17 to Jun 18

A council must prepare and adopt a management plan or management plans for its community land if— (a) the land falls within the ambit of section 194(1)(b) or (c); or (b) the land is, or is to be, occupied under a lease or licence; or (c) the land has been, or is to be, specifically modified or adapted for the benefit or enjoyment of the community. Community Land Management Plan(1214 kb)

A council must keep a register of all community land in its area. (2) The register— (a) must contain the information required by the regulations; and (b) must contain copies of current management plans; and (c) may consist (if the council so decides) of a computer record of the relevant information. (3) The register must be available for inspection (without charge) by the public at the principal office of the council during ordinary office hours. (4) A person is entitled, on payment of a fee fixed by the council, to an extract from the register.

Community Land Register(18331 kb)

A council must keep a register of public roads in its area. (2) The register— (a) must include the information required by regulation; and (b) may consist (if the council so decides) of a computer record of the relevant information. (3) The register must be available for public inspection (without charge) at the principal office of the council during ordinary office hours. (4) A person is entitled, on payment of a fee fixed by the council, to an extract from the register.

Register of Public Roads (578 kb)

A council may, by instrument in writing, appoint a person (other than a member of the council) as an authorised person.

261 – An authorised person may – (a) After giving reasonable notice to the owner or occupier of land, enter land – (i) For a purpose related to the operation, administration or enforcement of this or another Act by the council (including to ascertain whether an order should be made or other action taken by the council under this or another Act); or (ii) To carry out any inspection that the council is authorised to undertake under this or another Act; or (iii) To carry out any work that the council is authorised to undertake under this or another Act.

Register of Authorised Officers (69 kb)

(1) A member or employee of a council must not seek out or receive a gift or benefit that is, or could reasonably be taken to be, intended or likely to create a sense of obligation on the part of the member or employee to a person or influence the member or employee in the performance or discharge of the member's or employee's functions or duties.


(2) If a member or employee of a council receives a gift or benefit of an amount greater than the amount determined by the Minister (from time to time), by notice published in the Gazette, the member or employee must provide details of the gift or benefit to the chief executive officer of the council.

(3) The Chief Executive Officer of a council must maintain a register of gifts and benefits received by members and employees of the council and must ensure that the details of each gift and benefit provided under this clause are included in the register.

Register of Gifts & Benefits - Council Members (34 kb)

Register of Gifts & Benefits - Council Staff (63 kb)