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 and RSL Partnership to Preserve Memorials

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9th December 2019

Port Pirie Regional Council and the RSL Port Pirie branch are working together to preserve our region’s history and honour the significant contributions of our service personnel.

With Council’s support, the RSL Port Pirie branch has applied for grant funding from several sources and has been successful in obtaining $9220 for repairs to the Navy Memorial and $3400 for the Cenotaph Repairs at the Port Pirie Garden of Memory War Cemetery. In addition, the RSL has applied for $2307 for the South East Asian Memorial which is currently being appraised.

The RSL has also asked for Expressions of Interest from the Veteran community to have input into establishing a Middle East Memorial.

“It is crucial to preserve and maintain our war memorials as they are significant pieces of history and are just as important as grave/headstone memorials,” said Gary Fradd, Secretary of RSL Port Pirie.

Completed projects include:

  • Woodward Park Gates

Council refurbished the Oliver Woodward Gates on the southern end of Woodward Park. These gates honour one of Port Pirie’s great war heroes Captain Oliver Holmes Woodward. The refurbishment included repainting and straightening the gates, fixing hinges and gate panels and repairs to the brickwork.

  • War Graves

Council remediated the headstones on the war graves in the Port Pirie Cemetery. Originally, the front section of the war graves had plaques on single blocks which were deteriorating beyond repair. Council has constructed beams and installed the plaques on these to add symmetry and structure to the war graves area.

  • RSL Crossing and Car Parking

Council recently completed a new crossing along The Terrace between the Port Pirie Trotting Track and the RSL and installed a pedestrian refuge in the middle of the road. This crossing is already being used well by the community, particularly by elderly patrons who attended the Senior Citizens Christmas Party recently. Council also created indented car parking in Seymour Street to alleviate previous parking issues.

Council looks forward to continuing its partnership with RSL Port Pirie into the future with some exciting projects planned for this financial year, including:

  • World War One Gates Stone Works

Repairs to the stone work at the World War One Gates (Memorial Drive).

  • War Graves Cenotaph

Works are planned to tile the base of the cenotaph to repair the lifts in the existing terrazzo finish.

  • Navy Memorial Stone Works

Replacing stones and mortar at the Navy Memorial.

Port Pirie’s long term plan also includes a digital Military Heritage Trail being developed for the Port Pirie area, allowing locals and tourists to follow the trail and learn more about Port Pirie’s significant military history. The Military Heritage Trail will include interactive mapping for key sites, interesting facts about memorials and stories about local service personnel.