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:
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.
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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.
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In May 2014, the Targeted Lead Abatement Program (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. The Nyrstar Port Pirie Redevelopment Project will transform the aged Smelter into a multi metals processing and recovery facility which will deliver a step change reduction in emissions from the site. This along with TLAP aims to achieve significant reductions in children’s blood lead levels over the coming years
Nyrstar has committed up to AUD 3 million per annum for up to 10 years and a further AUD 5 million to accelerate the objectives of TLAP. 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: an 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:
The community van was originally introduced in 2008. It’s primarily an educational tool on wheels for the community, as well as a one-stop-shop for anything and everything to do with the program.
booking the van
If you’d like to have the community van at your event:
If you have any questions, call: (08) 8638 1500.
Once your request has been considered, the nominated event organiser will be contacted, and a letter confirming either attendance or non-attendance at the event will be sent.
Once a decision has been made for the community van to attend an event, information outlining necessary requirements – such as space and power – will be sent to the event organiser, along with a list of activities that will take place at the van.
The Phytoremediation Project is located on Main Road, Port Pirie across from the Viterra silos.
The primary focus of TLAP is to deliver programs that assist reduce lead exposure in the community. With the redevelopment of the Port Pirie Smelter and the reduction in emissions that is expected to be achieved post commissioning, TLAP is increasing its focus on reducing legacy lead.
Some plants such as sunflowers have the capability to extract lead and other heavy metals from contaminated soils. This is known as phyto-remediation.
Data will be collected from both the soil and the plants as part of this trial with the sunflowers then being disposed of at the Port Pirie Smelter to immobilize the lead. Additional sunflower crops will be planted to continue to collect data and assist future Phytoremediation projects.
Using this process it is anticipated the level of heavy metal contamination in the soil will be reduced over time. TLAP undertakes research and collaborates with stakeholders to cost effectively address the issue of legacy lead contamination in Port Pirie and secure lower lead levels for children in Port Pirie.