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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Belgravia Leisure State Award for Port Pirie Aquatic & Leisure Centre's Damon Walsh

5th February 2020

Port Pirie Regional Council would like to congratulate Damon Walsh who won the 2019 South Australian Belgravia Leisure Leadership Award. Damon was recognised for his work at the Port Pirie Aquatic and Leisure Centre in his role as Customer Service Duty Manager.

The South Australian Belgravia Leisure Awards are held on an annual basis in conjunction with a State-based National Conference to recognise and reward outstanding staff.

Belgravia Leisure State Manager, Catherine Foreman explained that Damon was nominated by his peers in the category of ‘Leadership’ and went on to win this award at the conference held in September 2019. The award recognises Damon’s commitment to lead by example and ensure that he displays honesty and integrity at all times.

“Belgravia have been really impressed with the quality of all staff at our sites in the Port Pirie Regional Council area – this award for Damon is individual recognition but highlights the work the whole team, under the leadership of Terry McGinnis, have shown to connect the community to leisure, seek the best outcomes for all, and manage the impressive community facilities in the region. Damon continues to look for excellence and improvements and this leadership has seen him recognised with this State Award,” said Ms Foreman.

Terry McGinnis, Centre Manager for the Port Pirie Sporting Precinct, Port Pirie Aquatic and Leisure Centre and Crystal Brook Pool (Belgravia Leisure) described Damon as a model employee who continually strives for excellence and lives the company’s values.

“Damon’s work performance is always exemplary and he leads others through his conduct and work ethic, continually seeking to improve not only his own performance, but that of others. He is an outstanding young man, who gives his all every day.His dedication to the role and the Sports Precinct is outstanding,” said Mr McGinnis.

“In addition to his role at the Port Pirie Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Damon has many other voluntary positions with other organisations in sports such as tennis, volleyball and the Crystal Brook Swimming Club to name a few. All of these organisations could not speak highly enough of Damon and his generous and giving nature,” said Mr McGinnis.

Image: Catherine Foreman SA State Manager Belgravia Leisure, Damon Walsh CSO Duty Manager, Nick Cox CEO Belgravia Leisure.