Nursery Upgrade

While the Port Pirie Smelter site continues its physical and cultural transformation, a transformation of a different kind is taking place at the boundary.
There is a plant nursery on the western boundary of the smelter site, located on the Terrace. Many may not be aware the nursery was established in partnership with the Environmental Health Centre in the 1980s to provide seedlings for greening projects in Port Pirie.

In recent years however it has been exclusively used by Nyrstar for on-site revegetation projects where more than 350,000 plants and shrubs have been grown and planted across the site to minimise dust movement.


Through funding assistance provided from TLAP this run-down and all but forgotten facility is now being resurrected to again provide seedlings for green-belt plantings in Port Pirie. The establishment of shelter belts of hardy arid adapted plants is an important part of the TLAP strategy to reduce dust movement in Port Pirie which in turn will assist with reducing exposure and the lowering of children’s blood lead levels.

Three large water tanks fed from the site RO Plant have also been installed along with new sheds and shade-houses. The new facilities run by TLAP Project Manager Phil Lacey (pictured above) will also become the home for a small but important fleet of community cleaning vehicles which are also funded by TLAP. The nursery is expected to produce 60,000 trees a year and will contribute to a visual transformation of Port Pirie into a green city. The use of hardy drought tolerant local plants will also ensure the conservation of scarce and expensive portable water.

Port Pirie CommUNiTY Vision

Port Pirie and its residents have a long and proud history of community participation whether it be in sporting groups, volunteering or with charitable organisations to name a few. Another medium for community involvement, with a focus of living safely with lead, was through the CANdo Committee.
From its inception more than 10 years ago the CANdo Committee, consisting of Port Pirie locals, has proactively assisted to drive key messaging around lead and living safely with lead in Port Pirie. With the development of the Targeted Lead Abatement Program (TLAP) the CANdo Committee saw an opportunity to broaden their scope to one more aligned with health and wellbeing in the community. After weeks of intense workshopping and consultation, the CANdo Committee has undergone its own transformation to form Port Pirie CommUNiTY (PPC)

March 5th saw the official launch of PPC at the Southern Flinders Outdoor and Lifestyle Show. A key feature of the launch was the promotion of a community survey. The members felt it was fundamental to know what matters to Port Pirie people and those who live near the city or come to the city for work, business or pleasure.

The survey questions were developed by members of the newly formed PPC and were designed in such a way as to elicit responses which would be tangible and that could be explored with the view to understanding what it is that is great about our community. With this approach the group recognised that this would also be a mechanism to identify where there are openings for opportunities to make improvements or change.

The committee plans to carefully review all responses and where issues are identified they will connect people with the individual, group or organisation best to take up concerns.

Port Pirie CommUNiTY sees itself as a two way conduit to allow for thoughts and ideas to be properly investigated rather than to be shelved or thrown about on social media for a short period of time and go nowhere. To date there have been nearly 90 responses and the detail has been informative and well considered. If you have a suggestion or idea with a health and wellbeing focus or you would like to describe what it is about Port Pirie please contact us via our Facebook page.

Survey closed on 31.3.16

Green Mats and Wiping Feet!

TLAP mats with the message: “Thank you for wiping your shoes and helping to keep us dust free -  please come inside” were donated by TLAP to Port Pirie primary schools and childcare centres today by Phil Lacey who is the TLAP program’s Project Manager. Phil rolled up in the colourful TLAP van with armfuls of the large bright green rubber-backed mats  to Airdale Primary School, Risdon Park Primary School and at Kingston Road Early Learning and Kinder. Other schools and kindergartens will receive their mats over the coming week. All up 100 mats were produced to donate to the Port Pirie community. Wiping feet before going inside is an important practice to help reduce lead dust exposure, whether it be into your home, school, kindergarten or even when out shopping. Phil says, “It’s a simple habit worth getting into for the benefit of your family and community".

Above: At Risdon Park Primary School, L-R: Teachers and staff Matthew Welch, Ashleigh Kupsch, Phil Lacey (TLAP Project Manager), and Cassie Bond with student school captains and lower primary students.

Above: Airdale Junior Primary School students practice wiping their feet on their new TLAP mats! with teachers Michelle Brockhouse (left) and   Kristie Polkinghorne (right) with Phil Lacey (back 2nd left).

Above: Phil Lacey with Melissa Wehrmann and children at the Kingston Road Early Learning and Kinder. Phil also donated plants for the center's garden from the TLAP nursery.