Steven Marshall shows support for Pirie

Mandy Dunstall, owner of Happy Birds, left, and Opposition leader Steven Marshall, who is enjoying one of Happy Birds' famous fat chips.
Mandy Dunstall, owner of Happy Birds, left, and Opposition leader Steven Marshall, who is enjoying one of Happy Birds' famous fat chips.

Showing his support for Port Pirie, Opposition leader Steven Marshall visited the city during the gas crisis.

While in town Mr Marshall visited local icon Happy Birds to see how the business was surviving.

“I wanted to come up to hear of the effects. I thought it was important to hear the perspective of the people and businesses that are going without,” Mr Marshall said.

“There is a lot of pain all round, but people are making the best of it.”

During his visit to the store, owner Mandy Dunstall went through the process involved to produce the famous “fat” chips, including making the slices before cooking them, showing how difficult life without gas was proving.

“People aren’t coming in for chickens,” Mrs Dunstall said during the crisis.

“I reckon I’m losing $800 to $1200 a day.”

Mr Marshall also used his visit to confirm Liberal support for Nyrstar’s transformation in Port Pirie.

“That is a project we have always had a bipartisan relationship on. The enabling legislation to allow the transformation was passed in near record time and we are grateful we have been kept fully informed by Nyrstar,” Mr Marshall said.

“In the past, I have even attended the Nyrstar Ball. We have had the Shadow Cabinet visit the facilities and we are very committed.”

Opposition leader Steven Marshall and Happy Birds owner Mandy Dunstall in front of the deep-fryer, which was not working due to the gas crisis.

Opposition leader Steven Marshall and Happy Birds owner Mandy Dunstall in front of the deep-fryer, which was not working due to the gas crisis.