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Grant winners to fight lead contamination with greening projects 

2022-06-30

Seven community clubs and centres in Port Pirie will soon be a great deal greener thanks to State Government funding aimed at mitigating exposure to lead contamination.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has partnered with the Targeted Lead Abatement Program (TLAP) in the Port Pirie Community Greening Grants initiative.

Recipients of the 2022 Port Pirie Community Greening Grants

Woodward Park Upgrade Committee (through Uniting Country SA)

$10,000 to establish a lawn area to replace crusher dust next to the playground at Woodward Park.

Uniting Country SA

$9,695 to upgrade the gardens of the Port Pirie Community Centre so that bare ground is covered with paving, lawn and bark.

Port Pirie Amateur Anglers Association

$10,000 to install an irrigation system on their club grounds, plant phytoremediation plants, establish a vertical garden and purchase an outdoor vacuum to help keep outdoor areas dust-free.

Port Pirie Equestrian Club

$8,642 to upgrade the club grounds by planting a saltbush hedge, placing down mulch and gravel, and installing a sprayer with which to suppress dust before races.

Port Pirie Kennel Club

$9,500 to cover training fields with lawn.

Port Pirie Community Garden

$8,654 to replenish soil for the vegetable beds, cover garden beds with tarps, install a sink for the washing of produce, buy more seeds and seedlings, and improve signage.

Mid North Archers

$7,079 to reduce dust from the road using crusher dust, and install artificial turf where archers line up to aim at targets.

Projects increasing greening, reducing exposure to lead

The grants were awarded to greening projects that help reduce children’s and the wider community’s exposure to dust and soil that may contain lead. Projects that improve education and awareness on the importance of greening and other dust management initiatives were also eligible for funding.

Planting hedges, grass and other greenery is a simple but effective way to reduce direct contact with potentially contaminated soil and prevent loose soil from blowing around in the air.

The grants form part of the Port Pirie Lead Contamination Interdepartmental Group’s Action Plan to address lead contamination in Port Pire.

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