Leigh Creek Futures

Leigh Creek is a South Australian outback town situated on Adnyamathanha Country in a picturesque part of the northern Flinders Ranges.

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Leigh Creek and surrounds

Leigh Creek is in the heart of the most picturesque part of the Northern Flinders Ranges in an area of major cultural significance for the Adnyamathanha people in the region. It occupies an important role in the regional economy and offers extensive services to surrounding tourism businesses, pastoral properties, visitors and nearby communities.

The State Government has announced it will support Leigh Creek to remain open for business beyond July 2018 providing essential services for about 700 people both in the town and surrounding communities.

Negotiations between the State Government and Alinta are continuing for handback to government to occur from January 2017. Government has decided that the Outback Communities Authority (OCA) will take over operational management of Leigh Creek from this time with essential services and buildings to be maintained, including those for commercial use such as the caravan park and tavern, which will be offered through an Expression of Interest process to operators in the second half of 2016.

As a Government it is our intention to help guide the transition of Leigh Creek from a closed mining town to an open regional service centre with an independent future – a future that is influenced by the local and nearby communities including the Traditional Land Owners.

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Commercial Opportunities in Leigh Creek and surrounds

The Leigh Creek Futures report, released on 6 June, has made 30 recommendations to the State Government to maintain and revitalise the township.

The report has been prepared based on the proposals received in response to the Request for Information – Commercial Opportunities, Leigh Creek and surrounds, in addition to prior and subsequent consultation and investigations overseen by Dr Jane Lomax-Smith.

Through the RFI, the State Government received more than 30 responses from people and organisations interested in ensuring a viable future for Leigh Creek. The ideas submitted include a range of proposals for commercial and industrial use of the mine site, use of the area’s natural mineral and renewable energy resources, as well as proposals to use the town’s existing infrastructure for commercial developments including education, training, tourism and arts.

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