Strategic studies to support Port Pirie's development

02/08/2012

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Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Tom Koutsantonis today presented Port Pirie Regional Council with a cheque to help fund strategic studies into the city’s long-term economic development.

Mr Koutsantonis said the studies will help Port Pirie determine how best to position itself to be a gateway to South Australia’s mining boom.

"These studies will assist us to continue to work with the Member for Frome Geoff Brock and other community leaders in Port Pirie to ensure that the city benefits from the growth of mining activity in the Upper Spencer Gulf," he says.

"This cheque is the initial payment toward a total of $200,000 earmarked in this year's State budget to support a strategic examination of the opportunities that can be seized by South Australia's sixth most populous city.

"I am confident those studies will ensure Port Pirie can respond to take advantage of the heightened global demand for our mineral and energy resources.

"The State Government continues to work closely with Mr Brock, the Port Pirie Regional Council and Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North to identify practical ways to support the city's future development.

"Mr Brock has been tireless in efforts to promote Port Pirie as a destination for mining-related services and industries and the Government has responded with financial assistance to achieve that shared objective."

These studies will look at long-term strategies for:

  • Creating a more effective port by maximising the loading facilities and improving access so as to provide a more economic port option for mining projects
  • Facilitating improved facilities and capability at the council-operated Port Pirie Airport to unlock opportunities as a Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) destination for mining companies
  • Duplicating or expanding the natural gas pipeline from Whyte Yarcowie leading to 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 looking at the feasibility of creating a mining school in Port Pirie.