The story so far
Transition to an open town
In June 2015, when Alinta announced their intention to cease its Flinders operations, the residents of Leigh Creek began their journey from a closed mining town to an open regional service centre.
The State Government began coordinating a response and committed to providing services to support Leigh Creek to become an open town.
- supporting new businesses, economic activities and local employment
- fully transitioning essential services, municipal services, town maintenance and property management from Flinders Power Partnership to State Government, essential service providers and the Outback Communities Authority
- actively pursuing tourism opportunities
- greater economic participation by Adnyamathanha people
- a community that values diversity, vibrancy, wellbeing and education.
While there is still more to be done, the town and its surrounds have taken significant steps forward.
The successful transition will be the result of a coordinated effort by the State Government, Outback Communities Authority and the community, guided by the recommendations in the Leigh Creek Futures report.
We are working with the community, including the Adnyamathanha people as the traditional owners of the land, to achieve the best possible outcomes for Leigh Creek.
Ultimately, the goal is for Leigh Creek to be an independent, self-sustaining, economically successful regional hub.