A message about
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 town was leased and managed by Alinta Energy, but in June 2015 Alinta announced their intention to close Leigh Creek Coal Mine. The mine closed in November 2015 and the town was handed back to the State Government.
The State Government is supporting Leigh Creek to remain open for business, providing strategic support and essential services for about 700 people both in the town and surrounding communities.
The Government is helping 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 Adnyamathanha people.