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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Pests and Vermin

Bed Bugs: Prevention and Treatment

Head Lice

Head lice are most commonly associated with children in schools or other facilities where children are likely to have close contact with one another; however any person of the community can be infested with head lice.

Head lice are usually transmitted from direct hair to hair contact.

Repeated chemical or non-chemical methods of treatment, combined with daily checks of all family members for head lice and their eggs, can effectively resolve the problem

Headlice: Prevention and Treatment

Rats & Mice

Rats & Mice Fact Sheet

Rats and mice are widespread throughout Region. The most common species within this area are the Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) and the Roof Rat (Rattus Rattus).

Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to completely eradicate rats; however there are various actions that can be taken to reduce the problem.

The most common methods for controlling rat and mice populations are trapping and poisoning.

Rat baits should be placed in areas where rodent activity has been noted. Care should be taken to ensure baits are placed so as to be inaccessible to children, pets and wildlife, this can be achieved by placing the bait inside an open-ended piece of PVC piping or the like. You will also need to ensure that dead rodents are disposed of immediately, by wrapping in newspaper and 'double bagging' in plastic before placing in your waste bin. Removing dead rodents as soon as possible will prevent secondary toxicity of pets and wildlife.

For complete extermination and protection against re-infestation, rats must be deprived of food and shelter. Ensure that your yards and sheds are free from possible shelter sites, for example, stacked materials on the ground, and that all food scraps, including waste fruit which may have dropped from trees, are inaccessible to rodents

In attempting to control rats and mice on your property, consider this Feral Rodent Control Flowchart.

Feral Birds

Feral Birds Fact Sheet

The Council undertakes seasonal Feral Bird control activities on public land. Problems with feral birds on private land are the responsibility of the land owner.

Control activities undertaken by the Council particularly focus upon non-native pigeons and corellas, in line with State and Local priorities, using a variety of control measures. The Council conducts its feral bird control measures with regard to its Feral Bird Management Strategy.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes Fact Sheet

In line with the State mosquito management strategy and its own Mosquito Management Strategy, the Council conducts a comprehensive mosquito control program each year throughout the Region.

Snakes

The Council is not authorised to handle or remove snakes. If you have found a snake contact the Police or the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

To reduce the possibility of being bitten by a snake on your property:

  • Clean up rubbish around the home
  • Keep gardens tidy
  • Take steps to reduce mice and rats
  • Check boots before putting them on if left outdoors
  • Never put your hand somewhere that can't be seen.