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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What Do Councils Do?

The range of services provided by Local Government is in response to the needs and priorities determined by local communities. Most people recognise that Councils provide a diverse range of services but few people understand quite how wide and diverse the range of services are.

What Councils must do

Mostly Councils decide what services they will provide locally, however there are some services which Councils are required to provide by legislation. These include:

  • Planning and development services, including building assessment;
  • Some environmental health services, such as monitoring cooling towers for Legionnaire's Disease;
  • Fire prevention (some building inspection, and some bushfire prevention planning functions are a duty, others are discretionary);
  • Dog and cat management;
  • Some administrative requirements, such as preparing strategic plans for the area, maintaining an office, employing a Chief Executive Officer and supporting the elected Council.

What Our Council does by choice

Other services provided and activities undertaken or funded by many Councils in SA are listed below:

  • Libraries with books and free internet
  • Monitoring of insanitary conditions
  • Control of pest animals and plants
  • Food safety inspections
  • Roads (local roads - that is, not national highways or State arterial roads)
  • Footpaths
  • Stormwater drainage
  • Parks and gardens
  • Street lighting
  • On street parking
  • Traffic management and local road safety
  • Reserves and picnic areas
  • Recreation facilities
  • Ovals
  • Public swimming pools
  • Rubbish collection and disposal
  • Recycling
  • Information services
  • Skate parks
  • Community development programs
  • Economic Development
  • Tourism information and support
  • Community buses
  • Environmental management
  • Festivals and events
  • Cemeteries
  • Wetlands
  • Local Area Water Catchment Plans
  • Dry zones
  • Cycling tracks
  • Septic Tank effluent disposal schemes