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 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.