‘Spring into your CBD street party’

The CBD was brought to life on Thursday with the ‘spring into your CBD street party’, held to celebrate the reopening of the newly redeveloped Alexander and Florence streets. 

The picturesque and modern uptake on the CBD involves new trees, roads, footpaths, street art and street scapes that have assisted in creating a more attractive regional city. 

The party saw just over 2,000 families and their friends take to the streets to experience the live music, face painting, exquisite food, kids activities and exciting atmosphere. 

Genevieve Pontikinas, the event coordinator for the Port Pirie Regional Council says that the aim of the event was to show that Port Pirie has changed and is redeveloped.

“We want to show people that with this beautiful spring weather that the CBD is open and the traders want them to come in and that the facilities are redeveloped, fresh and something different.”

“It is really great to see people come out and support community events and council really wants to do more of them and bring people back into the CBD and put on events for the people.”

The event was praised by Mayor John Rohde. 

“We have organised the CBD street party to really give it the opening it deserves. We decided to hold it back a little bit from when the street originally opened to take advantage of the great weather we get in October and the school holidays.”

“I think we really nailed it. It has been a fantastic afternoon and evening, lots of families out, great weather, lots of food, a really great event to really open up the Florence and Alexander streets.”

 Mayor Rohde believes that the streets have been lacking in an update and the council just wants people to be involved in the CBD again. 

“...It was tired, it needed something to happen to it. I think we have achieved that and come up with some lovely streetscapes, it is really beneficial to the city.”

Ms Pontikinas wants to remind families that there are still many events on through the Kidtober initative. 

“In November and December we have some outdoor cinema events coming up, council is running a ladies cinema night and then we have all our Christmas events coming up.”

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