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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Crystal Brook Kindergarten Footpath Project

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18th November 2019

Port Pirie Regional Council has committed hundreds of thousands of dollars to projects around the region – but it is a $10,000 project that has captured the hearts of the community and changed the lives of some of our region’s youngest and oldest residents.

Council has collaborated with the Crystal Brook Kindergarten on the Footpath Project: Bringing Our Learners Together.

Crystal Brook Kindergarten has forged a strong connection with the Roseview aged care residents and the children visit every fortnight to chat, play games and learn with their friends. Now, the Roseview residents want to return the favour and visit the kindergarten..

Five year old Emily Noonan wrote a letter to Port Pirie Regional Council on behalf of all of the children and educators at Crystal Brook Kindergarten to ask for a new footpath. Council pledged $10,000 to the project and graduate engineer Peter Lock has made several visits to the kindergarten to work with the children on scoping the project.

The children have been involved in a thorough learning experience that has included creating meeting and business plans, using toy cars and paper to plot the angles and measurements needed for car parking spaces and even borrowing wheelchairs to simulate how the Roseview residents may experience the journey between the hospital and kindergarten.

Last week, 13 children from Crystal Brook Kindergarten, along with their educators, did something that would intimidate many adults – presenting their story to Council’s Strategic Workshop in front of the Mayor, Elected Members and Council management.

Each child stood and addressed the Chamber to speak about the project and why it was so important to the community, developing vital confidence and public speaking skills in the process.

Mayor Leon Stephens praised the Crystal Brook Kindergarten educators for their work with the local four and five year olds and the children for their enthusiasm.

“It gives you great hope if the next generation is this proactive at such a young age,” he said.

The footpath is set to be completed before the end of the year.

TOP...Roseview resident Gordon Greig, front, with the children and staff of Crystal Brook Kindergarten, Mayor Leon Stephens Elected Members, Council's Executive Management Team and Graduate Engineer Peter Lock.

BOTTOM...Crystal Brook Kindergarten director Karena Wilson 'interviews' Emily Noonan who wrote a letter to Council requesting funds for the Footpath Project watched by kindergarten teacher Cammie Noonan and Roseview resident Gordon Greig.

CB Kindy Footpath Project with EM

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