What we’re doing
22 December 2016
The South Australian Government has appointed leading hospitality management group, 1834 Hotels to manage the Leigh Creek Tavern and drive regional tourism into Leigh Creek.
The partnership will see the South Australian Government pass management and promotion of the Leigh Creek Tavern to 1834 Hotels, providing marketing, management systems and strategic planning for the property and region.
13 December 2016
The management of Leigh Creek’s water and sewerage services will be transferred to SA Water, as part of a transition of the township’s management from Flinders Power Partnership to the State Government. From 14 December 2016, SA Water will operate and maintain the town’s desalination plant, sewerage treatment site, bores and related pipework.
8 November 2016
An inland regional port at Leigh Creek will provide an integrated road and rail service from Adelaide to the Cooper Basin reducing inbound freight costs and creating transport efficiencies. Bowmans Rail has been awarded a $200,000 Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program grant to establish the intermodal container terminal, just outside of the Leigh Creek township.
20 October 2016
A $200,000 Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program grant will assist in establishing a magnesite mining operation just outside of Leigh Creek. The open cut mining operation will be developed and operated by Leigh Creek Magnesite Pty Ltd.
6 June 2016
The State Government 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 the government from 1 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.
1 March 2016
Country Cabinet in Leigh Creek. A public lunch held, open to anyone with an interest in the issues that affect the Leigh Creek region.
28 February – 1 March 2016
Premier Jay Weatherill and Cabinet Ministers will visit Port Augusta and Northern Flinders Ranges as part of the Country Cabinet program. This will be the first Country Cabinet meeting of 2016, and provides a chance for locals to attend a public forum, speak directly with ministers in one-on-one meetings, or join the online discussion.
Request for Information – Commercial Opportunities in Leigh Creek and surrounds.
The commercial sector, business, individuals and commercial groups invited to submit their ideas for the business ventures in Leigh Creek, through a Request for Information process. Submissions closed on 1 February 2016.
12 November 2015
The State Government announced a $7 million economic assistance package for the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback:
- Up to $5 million would be made available in the next round of the Regional Development Fund to specifically support projects that will create jobs and drive economic growth in the area.
- A once-off $2 million once-off stand-alone Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program, exclusive to the region, will provide grants for smaller projects from $50,000 up to $200,000 on a dollar for dollar basis. Funding will be made available from the $10 million Jobs Accelerator Fund.
13 October 2015
Dr Jane Lomax-Smith is appointed to oversee a Request for Information (RFI) process to identify private sector interest, ideas and tourism opportunities for Leigh Creek.
7 October 2015
Alinta Energy confirmed that its Flinders Operations will close on 31 March 2016. The Port Augusta power stations will cease generation on 31 March 2016, while the Leigh Creek Coal Mine will cease mining on 17 November 2015.
28 September 2015
Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher announced the Government’s commitment to providing services to Leigh Creek until at least July 2018, noting that Leigh Creek is an important service centre for the Outback region.
19 August 2015
Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher announced a $1 million State Government investment into job creation and support initiatives for the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback region.
30 July 2015
Alinta Energy announced a revised timeframe for closure of its Flinders Operations, stating that the power stations would not operate beyond March 2017.
11 June 2015
Alinta Energy announced its Flinders Operations in Port Augusta (Northern & Playford B Power Stations) and Leigh Creek Coal Mine will not operate beyond March 2018, and may close earlier (but not before March 2016), as its continuing operation had become increasingly uneconomic.