Cementing community spirit

The Port Pirie Regional Council will be creating a sculpture that will immortalise local smelter workers who built a playground for the town in just one day on August 17, 1918. 

The council has received a $9,000 State Government grant, awarded as apart of the Public Art and Design program, which will be used to develop concept designs. 

James Holyman, the Director of Corporate and Community for the Port Pirie Regional Council says the workers were able to demonstrate the power of community and they want to celebrate that. 

“It really will be about celebrating community spirit.”

The location of the sculpture is yet to be decided, but the original playground closed in 1935 and was located where the Port Pirie West oval currently lays. 

The council are hoping to create an interactive sculpture that children can climb over and slide down, but the grant is only covering the design, not the sculpture itself.

“We are working with Country Arts SA to chose the artists and designs. We will make a full scale model of the design and then we will apply for funding’, James said. 

Member for Frome, Geoff Brock says that the sculpture will help to recognise the incredible stories the town was built on and showcase it, not just to visitors but also its locals. 

“Pirie has such a rich and interesting history, and its community spirit was entrenched in its people generations ago.”

“As the Member for Frome, I welcome this funding for the council to begin exploring design concepts, and look forward to the outcome.”

The council intends to have the sculpture erected by August 17, 2018 in time for the centenary of the occasion.