Positively Repositioning the image of the Port Pirie Community

May 2016

In recent years the Smelter, in partnership with the community, has been working to capture the rich and diverse history of the 126 year old Port Pirie Smelter and the unique relationships it’s had with the community, region and the state. 

This has seen the commissioning of a history book to celebrate 125 years of continuous operation of the smelter with “Bullion – Memoirs of a smelting town” released last year and annual photography exhibitions at the Port Pirie Art Gallery.

The first exhibition “Families, Floods and Furnaces – 1910-1936” was an overwhelming success with record crowds attending the gallery to view the exhibition. This year’s exhibition, “Causes, Clubs and Concentrates – 1940’s and 1950” is currently open to the public until June 19th, 2016. In parallel with the history book and photographic exhibitions a documentary Port Pirie. Many Stories. ONE FUTURE” has been produced the aim of which is to combine the historical information recently gathered (both stories and images) and using the residents of Port Pirie, talk about the community, it’s past and it’s future.

 'Bullion' is available for sale at Megs Bookshop, Port Pirie and also at the Port Pirie Tourism and Art Centre.

The community of Port Pirie is often portrayed negatively in the media, it’s historical importance to the region, state and the nation regularly ignored or neglected. The documentary Many Stories One Future www.manystoriesonefuture.com and subsequent potted histories and local stories will be used to positively re-position the image of the community away from being just an industrial town, to one who through its rich historical past is now poised for redevelopment to a new facility and a new future.



TLAP at Tarpari Day

"Many good hearts and minds" - "Together let's Close the Gap"

Phil Lacey and Dianah Mieglich of TLAP and Brenton Hobart from the Port Pirie Environmental Health Centre attended the Tarpari Wellbeing Day giving away free Eremophila Veneta shrubs and providing other activities from the TLAP community van. The shrubs were propogated by Phil at the newly upgraded TLAP nursery. The Tarpari Day is a fun day for the whole community with entertainment such as Yorke Kurruru Performing Arts Inc, Casey Rix Karpany, Aboriginal arts displays and sales and live radio broadcast by Umeewarra Media, 89.1 FM. Health and career information was provided, free BBQ and activities and workshops for the whole family. Dianah Mieglich, TLAP Implementation Manager commented "It was a great opportunity to mix with local agencies and local people of the region and understand their aspirations, goals and challenges"

Local Leaders at Tarpari Day 2016 held at Memorial Park in Port Pirie - John Rohde (Mayor of Port Pirie), Hon Geoff Brock MP and local leader Marcellus Enalanga.

Dianah Mieglich (TLAP Implementation Manager) and Sandi Thoman at Tarpari Day assisting at the TLAP Colouring-in activity.

TLAP at work in the community

Leading up to the Christmas break has been a busy time for the TLAP program which has been participating in and supporting important community events and initiatives. Recently TLAP has participated in the Port Pirie Christmas Pageant with the newly branded TLAP Community Van and the launch of the TLAP “Besties”, attended the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Day, has provided seating and tables to the Food Hub and other agencies in the community who provide support for young children and assisted with branding of the new Port Pirie Regional Council Street Sweeper.


Raising awareness about the TLAP program and it’s goals and objectives to reduce exposure in the community and children’s blood lead levels continues to be the main priority of the program, and being seen and visible in the community is an important component of that work. Past community lead exposure reduction programs have been successful using a similar platform and to build strong community support. Throughout 2016 TLAP will continue its support of the community through partnerships with key stakeholders and to be present at key community events. Come up and say hello if you see us out and about! Merry Christmas from everyone at TLAP!