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A Stronger Future for Port Pirie (2012-13 State Budget)

Treasurer Jack Snelling said the 2012-13 State Budget would provide $200,000 to support key studies to help guide the long-term strategy for the further development of Port Pirie.

Treasurer Jack Snelling said the 2012-13 State Budget would provide $200,000 to support key studies to help guide the long-term strategy for the further development of Port Pirie.

“A diversified industry base in Port Pirie will ensure the community remains a key regional investment destination into the future,” Mr Snelling said.

“So it is important that this Budget provided funding to support a long-term direction for Port Pirie such as a feasibility study into creating a new mining school in the Spencer Gulf city.

“We know Port Pirie has a long history attached to the smelters but this funding is about seeing what other opportunities exist for the state’s sixth most populous city.

“Port Pirie can act as a gateway to South Australia’s mining boom and we need to act now to see how it can be best positioned to take advantage of that.”

Mr Snelling said the studies would look at long-term strategies for:

  • Improved access to the port as well as maximising the loading facilities to create a more effective port. This could provide a more economic port option for mining projects;
  • The facilitation of improved facilities and capability at the Port Pirie Airport, currently managed by the Port Pirie Regional Council as improved airport facilities will unlock opportunities for Port Pirie to be a Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) destination for mining companies;
  • The duplication or expansion of the current natural gas pipeline from Whyte Yarcowie leading into Port Pirie; and
  • Expanding skills training within Port Pirie to provide a skilled work force for the mineral resources and mining services sector. In particular it will look at a feasibility study into creating a mining school in Port Pirie.

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the State Government had been working closely with the Member for Frome Geoff Brock, the Port Pirie Regional Council and Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North.

“We thank Mr Brock for his tireless efforts in promoting Port Pirie as a destination for mining-related services and industries,” Mr Koutsantonis said.

“We look forward to working with him in the future as mining activity continues to grow in the Upper Spencer Gulf.”

Media Contact:

Matthew Hillard
Phone: 0407 555 320

Released by:

Government of South Australia
http://www.statebudget.sa.gov.au

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