See you at the Smelters Picnic

22nd September, 2016

Next week on Wednesday (28th)the Smelters Picnic will be held and once again we have a lots of things for you at the Nyrstar tent.

Our tent will again be located next to the Rotunda and this year for the first time we are pleased to present ‘Wobbles the Clown” and his Athletical Antics! full of loads of laughs for the children and big kids alike. Show times are at 10am, Noon and 2pm. And after each show Animals Anonymous will explain all about Australian animals. From 9am-all day you can come pat the cute little baby animals, Australian wildlife reptiles and marsupials and once you’ve finished the Environmental Health Centre (EHC) will be there to help wash little hands with their very cool hand-washing station.

Our treats for children are free helium balloons and face-painting and special guest appearances during the day from the EHC dinosaurs Pea-bee and Phea-bea! For adults we have a large display of photographs that show the site Redevelopment work over the past 2 years. We’re sure you’ll find it fascinating to take an inside glimpse behind the scenes of the incredible transformation that has taken place on site.

Come have a chat to Nyrstar management and employees at the tent to find out more about the Port Pirie Redevelopment and the work of TLAP. Members of PPC - Port Pirie Community will also be at the Nyrstar tent to listen to any community health or wellbeing issues you would like to discuss. Come view the large photo display of the Nyrstar site Transformation.


TLAP Committee Visit to Pirie

August 18th, 2016

Recently the Targeted Lead Abatement Committee (TLAP) while in Port Pirie met with the Port Pirie Regional Council to discuss opportunities associated with long term lead exposure reduction initiatives.

The TLAP Committee which is made up of both Nyrstar and senior SA Government representatives, direct and oversee the Targeted Lead Abatement Programme which is focused on addressing legacy lead issues in Port Pirie and reducing the blood lead levels of Port Pirie children.

The committee had previously been to Port Pirie earlier this year however this visit included a tour of the site and they were understandably very excited by the progress of the Redevelopment work to date. While the Redevelopment is the centre-piece of a  future low lead era for Port Pirie, the work of TLAP is also critical in continuing to drive blood lead levels down in the community.

In recent months the TLAP program has implemented a number of large initiatives that are progressing well and which are anticipated to deliver a number of positive benefi ts. Specifically the redevelopment of the Nyrstar nursery is near completion and will provide arid adapted native plants for green-belt plantings in Port Pirie. With the upgrade the nursery is now capable of propagating around 60,000  plants per annum which when planted in the community will help reduce town dust and contribute to better lead in blood outcomes. Additionally 11,000 saltbush have recently been planted in the rail corridor to stabilise this historically contaminated area and subsequently reduce dust movement into areas in close proximity.  Rail iron has been laid adjacent to the plantings to prevent disturbance from vehicles with this planting representing an important first step in a broader remediation programme in Port Pirie.

TLAP Community Projects

June 2016

Lead fall-out from the Smelter has been accumulating in Port Pirie for the past 125 years. The highest levels of contamination are in areas closest to the smelter in a broadly south east pattern due to the influence of prevailing NW winter winds.

There is also significant contamination along the rail corridor due to the spillage of lead concentrate from delivery trains which had uncovered wagons until 1969. The recent improvement in emission performance in combination with further improvements that will be delivered by the Redevelopment means that the rate of contamination of Port Pirie will be greatly reduced. Therefore our focus on addressing legacy lead contamination in Port Pirie has started to increase which is also a priority work focus for TLAP.

One such focus is the nursery on our western boundary which is being revamped to provide suitable drought tolerant species for green-belt plantings and collaborative dust mitigation programmes which are being developed collaboratively with the Port Pirie Regional Council.

Last year the rail corridor near Solomontown under the management of Genesee and Wyoming which is another priority area, was treated with Dust-ex to minimise dusting and prevent lead contamination of Solomontown. This year this area will be planted with saltbush and other low shrubbery to provide long term dust benefits. A height limit of 3m is imposed on shrubbery to prevent line of sight obstacles for train drivers. In this area background lead accounted for an estimated 50% of the lead in air in Port Pirie in 2015 so managing this source of lead is now of equal priority to reducing our smelter emissions.


TLAP Projects Manager Phil Lacey (photographed above) recently involved himself in some “Community Service” after he approached SA Police in Port Pirie with the offer of TLAP/Nursery plants to cover an area of ground at the front of the Station which was bare and dusty. The planting, in a prominent place, will be identified as a TLAP initiative to promote greening as a method of dust suppression in high traffic and other areas. The shrubs selected are hardy and drought tolerant and once established will need little attention. Phytoremediation, the use of plants to extract, sequester, and/or detoxify pollutants, has been reported to be an effective, non-intrusive, inexpensive, aesthetically pleasing, socially accepted technology to remediate polluted soils. Some plants such as sunflowers are particularly effective in this regard as is saltbush. In coming months this technology will be explored further to assist lower legacy soil contamination in Port Pirie.