Former program chief urges everyone to work together on lead issue

GOODBYE: Former leader of the Targeted Lead Abatement Program Dianah Walter promoted a sunflower crop to reduce lead contamination in Port Pirie.

GOODBYE: Former leader of the Targeted Lead Abatement Program Dianah Walter promoted a sunflower crop to reduce lead contamination in Port Pirie.

Former leader of the Targeted Lead Abatement Program Dianah Walter leaves little doubt about the way forward for the organisation.

After stepping down as the program's implementation manager, Ms Walter said the future should involve "targeting lower lead together".

"The program cannot achieve its aims without the support of its stakeholders and, fundamentally, the support of the community," she said.

"Programs are coordinated and comprehensive sets of strategies, benefits, environmental supports and links to stakeholders and, importantly in the case of TLAP, the vibrant and resilient residents.

"Whether it is education, collaboration, celebration or, at times, frustration, we must constantly remind ourselves of what we are tasked to do and why we do what we do.

"At its core, TLAP is about the health of children and their families and driving blood-lead levels as low as possible.

"In discharging my duties, I have, by default, become its public face.

"In supporting the TLAP Committee, it has been a privilege and a pleasure to walk alongside and work with everyday people as we challenge and change the reputation of Port Pirie and target lower lead together."

She wished the committee and the incoming implementation manager much success as they navigate the next chapter in the life of TLAP.

Ms Walter is embarking on a private business enterprise.

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