Works completed

The previous project, Ten for them (tenby10) has had a significant, positive impact on the Port Pirie community. It helped raise awareness about what needed to be done to reduce children’s blood lead levels, as well as what we could all do in our own homes and within the community itself to reduce exposure.

It’s vital that this attitude continues today and that everyone remains committed and dedicated to achieving the goal of every child in Port Pirie having blood lead levels as low as possible.

Some of the more significant milestones include:

For children:

An increasing number of nutritional programs in child care centres, kindergartens and schools have helped to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy diet, and how it can have a positive impact on reducing blood lead levels.

Additional financial support to childcare facilities and kindergartens. This came in the form of free cleaning equipment, air conditioning units, new carpets and HEPA filter vacuum cleaners.

Handtowels and soaps given to schools and childcare centres.

There has been a continual general promotion of healthy eating and hygiene among all young people throughout Port Pirie.

And there have been some extremely successful childcare placements for children from high risk homes.

In July 2008 the 4shore SK8, Port Pirie's first skate park, officially opened.

For the city:

Dust monitors have been installed in the city to check on contamination levels. As of today, there’s a total of 13.

A series of TV commercials over the years have promoted community participation in reducing children's blood lead levels, including many useful personal hygiene tips.

For the community:

Targeted Lead Abatement Program (TLAP), together with the Smelter Redevelopment project aims to achieve significant reductions in children's blood lead levels over the coming years. In May 2014, TLAP was developed to assess current and potential future community lead exposure reduction strategies and assess which are likely to have the greatest impact on reducing children's blood lead levels. 

Nyrstar has committed up to AUD 3 million per annum for up to 10 years and a further AUD 5 million to acclerate the objectives of TLAP. the AUD 3 million is representative of Nyrstar previous financial commitments.

The South Australian Government will commit approximately AUD 1.5 million per annum for up to 10 years.

The joint Nyrstar and SA Government Committee has been formed and facilitates the implementation of TLAP. 

SA Health Lead Information:

The Port Pirie Environmental Health Centre (EHC) is a service of SA Health's 'Country Health SA Local Health Network' that helps protect children from the harmful effects of lead in their environment which has a history of lead contamination resulting from more than 100 years of smelting in Port Pirie. There is no 'safe' level of lead exposure and exposure should be reduced or prevented to keep blood lead levels as low as possible. Children and pregnant women are at most risk from lead.

The Port Pirie Environmental Health Centre provides extensive services to the Port Pirie community to monitor and maintain blood lead levels to be as low as possible including: blood lead testing, family support services, community lead education, advisory service, home visits to families to investigate lead sources in and around the home, referrals, loan equipment for cleaning and research and monitoring of lead sources and pathways of lead exposure to develop new and improved ways to reduce the risk of lead exposure in the community.

The Opening Hours of the centre are 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. 

Contact the Environmental Health Centre by telephone: (08) 8638 4100

Address: 117 Gertrude Street, Port Pirie, South Australia.

Confidential interpreting services from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are also available Telephone (08) 8226 1990.

For complete information on the Environmental Health Centre and information related to the Port Pirie Implementation Program by SA Health, please refer to the links below to which will take you to the SA Health website:

Port Pirie Environmental Health Centre (EHC)

Contractors in Port Pirie - Click here for advice on reducing lead exposure
Gardening in Port Pirie - Click here for advice on reducing lead exposure
Keeping lead levels low Indoors in Port Pirie - - Click here for advice
Protecting your baby during pregnancy and after in Port Pirie - Click here for advice
Renovating in Port Pirie - Click here for advice

Quarterly blood lead reports and the Port Pirie Lead Implementation Program 

Lead, reducing your exposure