Business Port Pirie hosts yearly dinner

DINNER: Business Port Pirie president Mark Hanlon, second from left, chats with Ann Ireland, Nyrstar general manager Mark Zaborowski and Mayor Leon Stephens at the dinner.
DINNER: Business Port Pirie president Mark Hanlon, second from left, chats with Ann Ireland, Nyrstar general manager Mark Zaborowski and Mayor Leon Stephens at the dinner.

The past year has been described as "very progressive" for traders' group Business Port Pirie.

President Mark Hanlon said there had been "a successful change in attitude to concentrate on 'making a difference' in preference to just reporting on what we have no control over".

He was speaking at the group's third yearly dinner, this time at the new Function Centre at Memorial Oval.

About 170 attended what was a showcase of Port Pirie Regional Council's achievement in creating the centre. It was the first dinner to be catered for at the site and guests enjoyed fine food and drink.

Mr Hanlon congratulated everyone on their commitment, passion and outcomes,

"Some of these outcomes include the LED Light Replacement Program, The Mainstreet Conference, Waste Management, City-Centre Carparking, Come See Change, Industry Leaders Group, Prests Carpark Upgrade, Low-Cost RV Park, Commercial Solar Program, Business Survey, Business Networking Nights and most recently the Events Specials Pocket Guide," he said. 

"Through understanding that we are time 'poor', we now need to consider employing someone to assist us to take Business Port Pirie to another level - to manage our membership, events and communication and help us to grow business in Port Pirie. We have come a long way in the nine years since we sat in the local Returned Services League hall with a few like-minded people to resurrect the chamber of commerce.

"Two of those people are now standing down. I thank Helen Grace, former treasurer, and Dwayne Malycha, former vice-president, for their nine years’ service. I also wish to acknowledge Neil Lucas, Stephen Richter and Brad Perks who also resigned. Thanks to former secretary Kylie Phillips for the extra effort she went to in the last 12 months. Although she is resigning as secretary, I hope she still continues on the executive."

Mr Hanlon said he was excited about what can be achieved in the next 12 months.

"As the new Nyrstar plant ramps up so will many business opportunities," he said.

"Many events are planned this year and we will entertain many visitors to send them home with a strong positive message and memories."

The new executive comprises president Mr Hanlon, vice-president Mark Sheasby, treasurer Diane Brennan, secretary Greg Mayfield, Karen Seindanis, Gail Bartel, Jenny Stephenson, Kelly-Anne Saffin, Kylie Phillips, Peter Campbell, Matt Ganley, Roger Nottage and ex-officio members Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock, Mayor Leon Stephens and council chief executive officer Peter Ackland.

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