Since Alinta announced it would cease operations, the State Government has been working closely with the community and Alinta. The Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Community Engagement Team provided immediate support and was based at Leigh Creek between July and September, listening to the concerns of locals there and at Port Augusta.

Leigh Creek community views

From that engagement, a report responding to the needs of the community is now available.

The report outlines the outcomes of the engagement process and forms part of the State Government’s broader commitment to work closely with these regions as mining in Leigh Creek comes to an end and it begins its transition to a post-mining future.

The State Government has allocated $258,000 to support Leigh Creek’s ongoing viability.

A request for information process is being overseen by former South Australian Education and Tourism Minister Dr Jane Lomax-Smith. Industries have been invited to put forward their ideas for new business ventures in the Leigh Creek region.

For businesses interested in getting more information contact [email protected]

On 28 February – 1 March 2016 Premier Jay Weatherill and Cabinet Ministers visited Port Augusta and Northern Flinders Ranges as part of the Country Cabinet program. This was the first Country Cabinet meeting of 2016, and provided a chance for locals to attend a public forum, speak directly with ministers in one-on-one meetings, or join the online discussion. On 1 March 2016 as part of Country Cabinet in Leigh Creek a public lunch was held, open to anyone with an interest in the issues that affect the Leigh Creek region.