Since Alinta’s original closure announcement in June, the State Government has had people on the ground talking to communities in the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback region about the issues likely to impact them.
The Government established the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Community Engagement Team to provide immediate support to the community and Alinta employees.
The Government’s engagement with the community has now transitioned to relevant organisations including the Outback Communities Authority for general enquiries in relation to Leigh Creek and the Upper Spencer Gulf and the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment for the Alinta workforce with right to return to Government.
Outback Communities Authority
For general enquiries in relation to Leigh Creek and the Upper Spencer Gulf contact the Outback Communities Authority (OCA) free call 1800 294 446.
For more information visit OCA, free call 1800 640 542 (for the unincorporated areas only), or email [email protected]
Regional Development Australia (RDA) Far North
The Government has announced that it would provide, through the Department of State Development, $240,000 to Regional Development Australia Far North to help it deliver career and job services in the region.
RDA Far North is a partnership between the Australian, and local governments to support the growth and development of Australia’s regions.
To read the RDA Far North media release, visit Challenging times for Leigh Creek and Port Augusta
For more information visit RDA, phone 8641 1444 or email [email protected]
Port Augusta City Council
Port Augusta City Council will continue to plan for the closure of the coal-fired power stations, working with the State Government and Alinta representatives on the many issues associated with the closure including remediation of the power station site.
To read the council’s media release, visit Alinta Energy announces closure date for Port Augusta and Leigh Creek Operations.
For more information visit Port Augusta City Council, call 08 8641 9100 or email [email protected]
Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group
An alliance of local government, regional development and education sector representatives, the Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group supports economic and community development across the cities of Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla.
While the group provides a forum for the three main regional centres to share information and advocate on issues of common interest, they are also intrinsically connected to their broader rural and remote hinterlands.
For more information contact Executive Officer Anita Crisp at [email protected]