COVID-19 Coronavirus Public Information


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 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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Doug Bollinger headlines team of stars to take on Port Pirie XI

11th March 2020

A number of former and current-day domestic and Australian cricketers will soon descend on Port Pirie for the Australian Cricketers’ Associations (ACA) Masters tour.

Former Australian quick Doug Bollinger headlines the ACA Masters team who will take on a Port Pirie Cricket Association representative side on Friday 27 March at Memorial Oval.

Joining Bollinger will be former Australian and South Australian players Wayne Phillips, Theo Doropoulos, Brad Young, Lauren Ebsary, Alicia Dean and former NSW and Western Australian ‘keeper Jenny Wallace – plus many more names to be announced in the coming weeks.

Since 2008, the Masters program has been developed by the ACA, the official representative body of past and present elite cricketers, with the focus on the promotion of cricket in regional areas. The program brings communities together to raise funds for local cricket associations and identify local talent. 

Click here for more information on the ACA Masters Tour.

Held across 26-28 March, the Masters tour will also include a ‘Sporties’ function night, kids super clinics and community visits.

Additionally, the tour involves a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a talented young player from the region, and also includes the unique opportunity to receive mentoring from one of the Masters players following the tour.

It’s the first time the ACA has brought the Masters tour to South Australia since 2015 and the second time it has visited Port Pirie, after first travelling to the region in 2010.

ACA General Manager Member Programs, Kelly Applebee said;

“We are delighted to bring our Masters team back to regional South Australia in March. Our players love to get involved in the community, and it will be a great opportunity for our former and current professionals, to share and pass on some of their experience and knowledge to local cricketers.

“Everyone will have the chance to mingle with the players during their time in the region, whether it be squaring off against the Masters head-to-head, through coaching clinics, community visits or the 'Sporties' function nights.

“And the opportunity for our scholarship winners to receive mentoring from one of our Masters, is a fantastic resource for a young player to help develop their cricket career.”

Port Pirie Regional Council’s Tourism and Events Manager Glen Christie described the event as the first major cricket showcase for Memorial Oval since it was redeveloped as part of the Port Pirie Sports Precinct.

“Since the opening of the new Sports Precinct, we’ve seen a variety of different events – from the Masters Games to AFL and SANFL matches.

"The ACA Masters Cricket event comes just days after the end of the Regional Cricket Season, featuring local players and National identifies, facing off against each other.

"Limited tickets are available for balcony seating, as well as the post-match Sporties function. I’d encourage cricket lovers to snap up a ticket and make the most of this event.”

Friday 27 March 
T20 ACA Masters v Port Pirie Cricket Association
Memorial Oval

Friday 27 March 
ACA Masters Sporties function night
Memorial Oval
7:30PM - Click here for tickets

Thursday 26 March 
Kids Mega Clinic followed by a BBQ
5:00PM - 7:00PM
Memorial Oval

Player bios

Doug Bollinger
Named in the 2010 ICC Test and ODI teams of the year, Bollinger played 12 Tests, 39 ODIs and nine T20Is for Australia. The left arm quick became a cult hero to Australian fans during his time in the international team, known for his character, passion and ability with the ball.

Wayne Phillips
An original cult hero of Australian cricket, Phillips became the 14th Australian to score a Test century on debut, notching 159 against Pakistan. His 13-year career yielded 27 Tests and 48 ODIs as well as over a century of appearances for his beloved South Australian Redbacks.

Theo Doropoulos
Most people may know Theo Doropoulos as a presenter for the Seven Network in Adelaide, but the 34-year-old also represented South Australia, Western Australia and the Adelaide Strikers over a six-year career. The all-rounder previously held the record for the highest score in an Under 19 ODI scoring 179 not out against England in 2003.

Brad Young
The tweaky left-arm spinner was a mainstay in South Australia’s bowling cartel for the best part of eight years, and would go on to represent Australian in six ODIs. A handy lower-order batter, Young was also selected for Australia 1998 Commonwealth Games, taking a hat-trick against New Zealand.

Lauren Ebsary
The recently retired Ebsary called time on her wonderful career at the conclusion of the 2018-19 WBBL season. Primarily a batter, Ebsary was a handy medium pace bowler who played 34 games for Australia including a Test against England in 2009. In 2015/16 she led South Australia to their maiden WNCL crown.

Alicia Dean
The former South Australia wicket keeper and left handed stroke-maker interestingly represents Fiji on the international scene who she also captained.

Jenny Wallace
Wallace stood behind the stumps for NSW, Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers over her 13-year-career, winning multiple WNCL titles during her time with NSW.


Sean Ellicott  
Australian Cricketers’ Association Communications
0418 533 864

Belinda Jackson
Port Pirie Regional Council Communications
8633 9729