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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Recipients of the Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Community Service

15th January 2020

Port Pirie Regional Council’s Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Service was recently presented at the New Years Eve Party celebrations held at the Port Pirie Foreshore.

The Certificate of Merit is awarded to members of the community who have contributed significantly to Port Pirie and the region, who have demonstrated a history of community involvement or have performed a single action of significance.

Council would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the five deserving winners of the 2019 Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Community Service:

  • Barry Hay - Barry has contributed to the Port Pirie Regional Hospital and health services in Port Pirie for the past 20 years as Chair of the Hospital Board and Presiding Member of the Health Advisory Council, volunteering many hours of his time over the years to help improve our health services. Barry has also been a successful business owner and was a board member for Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North.

  • Monique Button - Monique has served as a valuable member of the Wandearah Institute for the past 20 years, holding positions such as President, Vice President and Secretary, providing leadership and service to host community events and improve facilities. Monique’s contribution to the small district of Wandearah is testament to her kind and generous nature for her community.

  • Kevin Connor - Kevin was the proprietor of Meschke Funerals and was known for his thoughtful and caring treatment to the bereaved during that time. He has also served the Port Football Club as a premiership player, Hall of Fame member, Life Member, Vice President, committee member and supporter. Kevin has also provided service to the Port Pirie Golf Club and Port Pirie Bowling Club in many different roles and shows enthusiasm and a friendly attitude throughout all of his efforts.   

  • Sabina DeGioia - Sabina was nominated for her unwavering dedication to the Savoy Soccer Club, with over 45 years of continuous service to the club. She has been the Chairperson of the Ladies Committee since 1974 and was recently awarded with the club’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Sabina has provided leadership and service in the club’s kitchen for many years, organising catering for functions and weekly dinners. Sabina continues to volunteer her time and energy to the club along with her family who are all keen supporters.

  • Meinwen Wade - Meinwen has served as a Meals on Wheels volunteer for the past 45 years, in roles such as delivery person, mains cook, sweets cook, assistant supervisor, Secretary and committee member. Meinwen was recently recognised for her amazing efforts and long service with an award presented by Governor Hieu Van Le in Adelaide.

“The Certificate of Merit was very well received by the community. The five recipients for 2019 were very humbled to receive the award, all saying they did not expect recognition for their efforts,” said Mayor Leon Stephens.

“And that’s exactly the spirit of the award, because without what these amazing people do in our community, things just wouldn’t get done.

“Thank you to each and every one of you for your selfless acts which enrich our lives. You are the backbone of our community and an inspiration to us all,” said Mayor Stephens.