How does TLAP adapt its program in response to changes in the local environment?
TLAP recognises that there are certain weather conditions (for example hot dry windy days or wind coming from a northerly direction) that can increase the amount of lead-borne dust in the community and that the emissions profile of the lead smelter is variable.
TLAP makes adjustments to its program of activities in response to changes in the local environment. The approach to cleaning is streamlined and focussed, responding in real time to weather events, fugitive emissions episodes on-site and community events alike.
The TLAP cleaning team have added more sites to the already full cleaning roster. Of note is the now regular cleaning of two fast-food chain playgrounds, the foreshore skate park and general environs of the recently developed foreshore picnic area adjacent the boat ramp.
The team is not just highly visible in the community by way of is fleet of cleaning appliances in operation around the city, it is also actively involved in a wide array of additional activities and initiatives, all aimed at reducing lead exposure pathways.
The following list demonstrates the range of activities:
- TLAP door/floor mat exchange and cleaning regime – All mats in early learning and education facilities are now regularly vacuumed and pressure washed (at a specially designated bay at the nursery complex) to remove all sand and other contaminants.
- Targeted removal of lead pots from the community (10 in this year).
- Donations and TLAP Nursery Plants to the wider community, including organisations such as Riding for the Disabled, Housing SA, Nyrstar, Senior Citizens club – approximately 1000 plants.
- Ongoing management of saltbush in Rail Corridor as a dust control measure – pruning of planted area to reduce growth below 1 metre. Growth of saltbush in corridor has exceeded expectations.
- Increased cleaning at Early Learning Centres to include washing dust from building surfaces and window ledges where dust and contaminants has accumulated.
- Greening projects with Primary Schools.
- In support of the TLAP Nutrition program the Clean Team, whilst in the community, distribute grocery cards to those enrolled in the program as and when required. This year alone the program has invested approximately $40,000 in breakfast programs in Port Pirie schools and early learning centres.
- Collaboration with John Pirie Secondary School to provide work experience and learning opportunities for school students.
- Collaboration with Environmental Health Centre and Housing SA to apply mulch/dust suppression to mitigate dust migration into homes with high dust risk.
- Identification of dust zones for dust suppression treatment – Florence street carpark, Woodward Park traffic areas, and unsealed streets.