Historic, bright year for Port Pirie begins

New Year message from the mayor

It is with great pleasure that I write to you as we embark on another year together, ushering out 2016 and beginning a bright new year in 2017.

As we begin the new year we are on the brink of one of the most important years in the history of our city and our region.

We have reached this point after a year of planning and preparation on many projects as well as some fantastic local investment.

From a $6 million investment in aged care in Port Pirie to investment in new and upgraded businesses by local entrepreneurs, the past year has also seen intense work done in design for council’s infrastructure upgrades.

All this leads to 2017 being a historic year for Port Pirie and the region.

Nyrstar’s transformation project has seen an enormous body of work undertaken that has not only enlivened their workforce but has brought a positive feel back into our local population that will culminate with the new plant beginning operations this year.

Work has begun on Wandearah Road to build an ALDI supermarket and other retail business which will link our two existing retail precincts making Port Pirie one of the state’s leading regional shopping zones.

Council will begin a massive injection of capital into the local economy with two very important projects that will invigorate the CBD, Alexander Street and Florence Street and also create state of the art facilities at Memorial Oval as well as creating a wonderful new swimming, gymnastics and squash facility.

These along with the completion of the boat ramp, and the entrances to the city, upgrade of the Crystal Brook council building and library and free Wi-Fi being available in both Bowman Street Crystal Brook and the Port Pirie CBD, truly sets up 2017 as a landmark year for our council area.

Elected members, council staff and I are enthusiastic and determined to move our region forward and do the very best we can for you all.

On behalf of my family and my elected members, I wish everyone the very best for a successful, happy and healthy year ahead in 2017.

John Rohde


Port Pirie Regional Council