Council state election platform launches

Talking politics: Mayor Stephens hopes to use the election platform to better engage with local candidates.

Talking politics: Mayor Stephens hopes to use the election platform to better engage with local candidates.

The Port Pirie Regional Council is already thinking about the next state election, launching their official platform this week.

Port Pirie Mayor Leon Stephens hopes the platform will formally engage and advocate for policy enhancements to local candidates.

"With a population of 17,754 and some traditional and new regional industries continuing to grow, the job opportunities are varied and immense," he said.

"While this growth is welcome, the Council is keen to play its role to support and advocate for enhanced government services and addressing the community needs that result from growth, including making sure our local unemployed are skilled up to take on local jobs.

"There are some specific challenges that Port Pirie needs help and support with, and the Council stands ready to partner with governments to tackle a range of issues".

"Port Pirie has an ongoing need to respond to lead abatement issues from a long history of Smelter operations. It is recognised that the new ownership of Nyrstar, through Trafigura in the last two years, has resulted in a more targeted progression in addressing abatement issues, albeit all parties recognise that there is further work to do.

"While Council welcomes the recently announced appointment of Peter Dolan to the role of Executive Director of TLAP, there is still more to be done and we seek to have greater and more direct engagement and targeted spending in areas of need.