Before TLAP

TLAP is the continuation of the Ten for them and tenby10 projects which, through their unique partnership approach, made significant inroads into lowering children's blood lead levels in the Port Pirie community.

However, even prior to the launch of tenby10, there was a focus within the community to raise awareness about the risks of lead exposure and what needed to be done to lower children's blood lead levels. #PPC #Port Pirie CommUNiTY

In 1984 the Environmental Health Centre was set up, and the first blood screenings started soon after that.

Houses in the highest risk areas close to the smelter were purchased and demolished. Families close to the smelter were relocated. Hundreds of kilometres of paths and roads were upgraded. Areas near the smelter were re-zoned and declared to be available for only limited development. Many thousands of trees, bushes and shrubs were planted around the smelter to lower dust movement into the community.

When tenby10 started in 2005, it was more of a joint, coordinated effort. The smelter, South Australia Health, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and the Port Pirie Regional Council together set the goal of having 95 per cent of children aged 0-4 in the city of Port Pirie with blood lead levels of less than 10 micrograms of lead per decilitre of blood (the World Health Organisation recommendation.)

In 2005, just 35 per cent of these children had blood lead levels of less than ten micrograms per decilitre. But numerous projects and initiatives were soon in place, both on the smelter site and within the community itself, and considerable resources were invested in making Port Pirie a healthier, safer place to live.

Although the tenby10 project fell short of its target, it did have an impact on lowering children's blood lead levels.

Just as importantly, the project raised awareness and understanding within the community about what could be done, and had to be done, to minimise lead exposure.

By the end of 2010, an astonishing 72.1 per cent of children in Port Pirie had blood lead levels below 10 micrograms of lead per decilitre of blood.