Port Pirie CommUNiTY (PPC)

Port Pirie CommUNiTY is a grassroots organisation made up of parents, future parents, young people, grand-parents, carers and like-minded individuals, including foundation members of the CANdo Committee. Since its inception more than 10 years ago the CANdo Committee, consisting of Port Pirie locals, has proactively assisted to drive key messaging around lead and living safely with lead in Port Pirie. With the development of the Targeted Lead Abatement Program (TLAP) the CANdo Committee saw an opportunity to broaden their scope to one more aligned with health and wellbeing in the community. After weeks of intense work-shopping and consultation, the CANdo Committee has undergone its own transformation to form 'Port Pirie CommUNiTY'.

Spokesperson Evelyn Dumoi said 'Port Pirie CommUNiTY' are embarking on a recruitment drive and invite any new members who can help us to represent and advocate on behalf of the diversity of people in Port Pirie" Evelyn continued, "Our principle job is to actively listen to the community, to understand where there are gaps in awareness - with a focus on health and wellbeing, and to provide accurate feedback to local decision makers as well as to Local and State government. "We commit ourselves to being independent, well-informed and a credible platform. We will actively seek out the best information and promote validated and useful information through our personal networks and as volunteers for formal programs" she said.

"There are so many passionate people in this city and in the age of social media, too often one person's voice gets lost in the barrage of online comments. We want as many people as possible to join us so we can represent what our community wants. Finding the right pathway to decision makers is challenging and often one person can't do that alone". Port Pirie CommUNiTY have developed an online survey to gain a better understanding of what issues matter to the people of Port Pirie. A link to the survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PortPirieCommUNiTY     Port Pirie Mayor, John Rohde and member of Port Pirie CommUNiTY says "There is a strong health focus from the group because they see a healthy community as a strong one. One of the greatest gifts you can give your family and the world is a healthy you and part of that is a healthy community."

You can get involved by joining PPC, following thier Facebook page: Port Pirie Community and using the hashtags #PortPirieCommUNiTY and #PPC. Port Pirie CommUNiTY is well connected to the Port Pirie community, local Council, State Government agencies, politicians and industry. This means they can use their understanding of the needs of the local community to advocate for resources to address gaps.      

PPC believe that taking messages on healthy living in Port Pirie to a diversity of forums throughout the community will ensure that the messages are delivered appropriately and by a trusted source. The benefits will be a faster and more widespread transfer of knowledge and understanding to the community.   The rebranding of the hugely recognisable CANdo community van to incorporate TLAP branding and 'Besties" the caricatures formerly known as 'tenbies' is also adorned with the Port Pirie CommUNiTY logo to make better use of the van and provide more visibility of key health messages.   Port Pirie CommUNiTY formally kicks-off at the 2016 Outdoor Expo and Healthy Lifestyle Show on Saturday 5th March 2016 from 11am to Noon at Woodward Park Port Pirie under its new banner and mission/vision.  

PPC Vision: Unite to Empower, Unite to Strengthen, Unite to Grow.  
PPC Mission: Connect for a Better Port Pirie  
Environmental + Social + Economic + Spirit

Media Contacts: Evelyn Dumoi 0487 572 361 or Dianah Mieglich 0427 096 036