SA Mines and Energy Journal : Dec09-Jan10
DECEMBER 2009/JANUARY 2010 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL 45 BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT The global financial crisis has created stress for many businesses, but the Southern Flinders Ranges Development Board is seizing the opportunity to prepare for the growth that is expected once the resources sector regains its momentum. The board covers the region on the eastern side of Spencer Gulf across to the eastern side of the Southern Flinders Ranges, with Wilmington in the north and Spalding in the south. Port Pirie is the main regional centre, sitting just off National Highway One which links Adelaide to the mining projects in the north of the state. Port Pirie has strong links to the resources sector, being home to the Nyrstar Lead Smelter, the largest lead smelter in the world. The three local councils within the Development Board area believe the Southern Flinders Ranges would be an ideal base from which industry could service the resources sector, and at the same time provide a residential base for employees working at the mine sites. As an example, in 2008 more than 380 residential blocks were created in Port Pirie. Port Pirie is well serviced by road and rail access, plus potable water, electricity and natural gas. The open-access port is ideal for shipping concentrates or plant and equipment. Petratherm recently used the port to bring in its new drilling rig. There is a bus passenger service passing through Port Pirie to Roxby Downs on behalf of BHP Billiton, carrying employees to Olympic Dam. For the mines further north, the goal is to provide a "fly in, fly out" (FIFO) service by extending the runway at Port Pirie airport to enable larger planes to operate. The Port Pirie Council believes it offers a strategic advantage as a supplier of labour to the mining companies compared with other cities in the north of the state, because it has a population pool of 55,000 within one hour of the city. To the east of the city are the regional towns of Gladstone, Laura, Jamestown and Peterborough, and to the south are the growing regional areas of the Clare Valley and the Copper Coast. A new industrial park has recently been completed in the north-east of Port Pirie, with all major services available. Similarly, the Northern Areas Council has only three allotments remaining at its industrial park in Jamestown, and has purchased extra land to develop stage two of the park. All three councils in the region are keen to support new businesses moving into the area. The region offers a great lifestyle for residents, with its Mediterranean climate, and fishing and other boating activities on the Spencer Gulf. The Southern Flinders Ranges has walking and bike trails, along with sightseeing and wine tasting at cellar doors. Port Pirie is a major retail and service centre, with good shopping facilities, public and private schools, and a major regional hospital. If you would like more information in relation to establishing your business in the Southern Flinders Ranges region, call Terry Reichelt at the Southern Flinders Ranges Development Board on (08) 8632 5633 or email email@example.com At home in the Ranges The Southern Flinders Ranges offers a gateway to the mining projects in the north and north-east of the state, writes Terry Reichelt. The Southern Flinders Ranges has the infrastructure needed to service the resources industry.