With the Redevelopment of the Smelter, and the upgrade of the City Centre, the foreshore, the new sporting hub and a new shopping centre all happening at the same time Port Pirie, Simon Oehms says, ‘is the place to be and it will only grow stronger in the next few years!” Simons childhood story is similar to many others, he grew up in Pirie and once he completed his schooling he was lucky enough to gain a boilermaker apprenticeship at the smelter, something that was, and still is, considered an excellent opportunity for young people just starting their careers.
Apart from spending 4 years away in Roxby Downs, Simon has worked entirely at the Smelter, and now moving to the Operational Readiness team as part of the Redevelopment he ‘considers himself fortunate to be part of a great team that's working together in this most significant part of our sites history”. After years of uncertainty and missed opportunities, Simon says “there is change and redevelopment all over Pirie and people are positive about the future, it’s our time”.
Simon says some of the best things about Port Pirie is its great community spirit, good employment opportunities without having to travel and the fact it is situated between the Gulf and the Flinders Ranges. But if anyone needs any encouragement to come and see us for themselves he adds “it has friendly people, great fishing, it's right at the foot of the Flinders Ranges and is a great place to raise a family. Nothing could be better than that!”