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Emergency relief efforts continue in the mid-north

2015-04-16

Emergency relief efforts will continue to assist people affected by the gas outage in the mid-north.

The State Government, local councils, distribution network owner Australian Gas Networks (AGN) and operator APA Group are continuing to work together to assist community members and businesses to go about their daily lives while gas supply is interrupted.

Meanwhile, the Department of State Development is working closely with the gas transmission line owner EPIC to return gas supply to the affected areas as soon as possible.

Acting Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion Tony Piccolo today provided an update on the work being done to help people in the Whyalla and Port Pirie areas.

"Since the outage, the State Recovery Office has been using the Telecross REDi phone system to check on vulnerable people," Mr Piccolo said.

"This will continue for the duration of the outage.

"Staff from Disability SA have called people with disabilities in both Whyalla and Port Pirie to check on their welfare and will continue to monitor their situations.

"Housing SA is also making calls to its tenants who might be vulnerable because of the outage."

The State Government's Emergency Relief Functional Service is working closely with the local councils and has staff in Port Pirie and Whyalla to support any vulnerable people identified as requiring support.

This includes any issues identified through Red Cross' calls and providing meals to vulnerable people in the affected areas through an agreement with Meals on Wheels.

Mr Piccolo said the State Government was in close contact with the local councils to ensure they have access to any support they may require.

"I have called Mayor Rhode from Port Pirie Regional Council and Mayor Pollock from the City of Whyalla," he said.

"Mayor Rhode said the community in Port Pirie had banded together well and showed an amazing resilience.

"He expressed his thanks for the support Housing SA, Disability SA and the Red Cross continue to provide to the community and said he would call if more assistance was required.

"The AGN/APA Group has provided gas cylinders to the Port Pirie Hospital and is working with the local councils to arrange community showers and barbeques.

"We are continuing to monitor the situation and will activate additional services as required."

Mr Piccolo encouraged people to contact the hotline that has been established to help the local community.

Anyone affected by the gas outage can call the APA hotline on 1800 898 220 between 8am and 8pm.

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