Facebook – Port Pirie given top ‘honour’ by S***test Towns of Australia Facebook page, mayor not laughing
Despite its rich history and proximity to the beautiful Flinders Ranges, Port Pirie has been named “the shittest town in South Australia”.
- The votes have been counted and Port Pirie topped the list of “shit towns” in South Australia
- The smelter city is a perennial punching bag for the joke Facebook page
- Mayor Leon Stephens says the co-founders should visit the city, see what it has to offer and give up the long-running “dad joke”
The title was bestowed by the popular Shit Towns of Australia newsletter and Facebook page, which bills itself as the “foremost authority on shit towns of Australia”.
“Port Pirie came out on top with 38 per cent of the vote this year, or the bottom, perhaps, depending on how you look at it,” co-founder Geoff Rissole said.
Port Pirie is no stranger to the Shit Town Power Rankings, which are published on the Facebook page every week.
In fact, it features in almost every list, sometimes without any apparent reason.
“It’s a bit of a running gag,” Mr Rissole said.
“We have actually experimented with dropping Port Pirie out and we tend to get a lot of complaints about it, so unfortunately it’s sort of nestled in there at the foot of the power rankings each week.
Mayor aims low
But Port Pirie Mayor Leon Stephens says the joke is not that funny.
“I might be showing my age or whatever but I think this is getting pretty tired,” he said.
He said the honour was not an impressive one.
“Probably about as impressive as a name called Geoff Rissole,” Cr Stephens said.
“I do really want Mr Rissole to make himself known next time he comes to Port Pirie, so that we can actually show him some of the good side of things, and maybe we might drop down to fifth or ninth on the list.”
‘Over the line at times’
The page incurs the wrath of residents living in towns large and small.
“We’ve had a few death threats and whatnot over the years,” Mr Rissole said.
“We probably go over the line, to be honest, at times — but it’s a tricky one to know where exactly that lies.”
Mr Rissole said he had no problem with Port Pirie.
“Both myself and my co-writer have spent a lot of time travelling around Australia,” he said.
“We’re planning another [circuit of Australia] at the end of the year.