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Leigh Creek Transformation

Dear Leigh Creek Stakeholder

Welcome

This webpage is the South Australian Government’s dedicated webpage for information on the Leigh Creek Future Town Plan. This webpage will be regularly updated with a range of information. Should there be any further detail you wish to see, your feedback will be valued by emailing leighcreektransformation@sa.gov.au.

Message from

Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP

MEMBER FOR STUART

MINISTER FOR ENERGY AND MINING

LEAD MINISTER, LEIGH CREEK TASK FORCE

The state government is committed to Leigh Creek becoming a sustainable and open town and a thriving regional tourist hub, and service centre for surrounding northern Flinders Ranges communities.

I am pleased to provide further information relating to the Future Township Plan which provides the greatest certainty to those who call Leigh Creek home.

As you may be aware, the 2020-21 State Budget provides an additional $30.6 million to transform Leigh Creek from a former government owned and company-controlled town to an open public town, bringing the total budget to $43.6 million over four years.

This process will include:

  • a new town management model with wider representation from the northern Flinders Ranges communities to be explored and determined during the transformation period,
  • the demolition of houses and commercial structures and decommissioning of infrastructure in line with new Town Plan,
  • a process for the sale of residential and commercial properties prioritising current lease holders and residents.  In the event that residents do not or cannot purchase the houses, options for rental stock will be provided,
  • a new purpose-built health and ambulance facility for the region, and
  • upgrade of the critical aerodrome, including resurfacing of runways, new fencing and upgraded navigation system.

It is vital that the town is sized and structured to ensure it can sustain itself and thrive in the short, medium and long term.  Leaving the unused and dilapidated structures to deteriorate further will detract from Leigh Creek making it an uninviting and unwelcoming place to live and visit.

The significant transformation program planned will also provide important economic stimulus for Leigh Creek and surrounding communities while the works are undertaken and beyond.  

More detailed information is provided in a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that can be accessed on this webpage.

 

The South Australian Government’s Leigh Creek Task Force in partnership with the Outback Communities Authority (OCA) will deliver the transformation. Additional OCA staff will be based at Leigh Creek to support the community via regular consultation, updates and communication throughout the transformation.

You will have many more opportunities to discuss any issues you may have with me and also with members of the Task Force. I am arranging to be at Leigh Creek to meet with you on 17 December 2020. Several members of the Task Force will be also available to meet with you.

Please be assured that we will continue to provide more information about the transformation process as the new Town Plan is delivered and Leigh Creek re-emerges as a strong and vital town.

 

Dan van Holst Pellekaan

 

Information about the transformation progress

  • Frequently asked questions document (FAQ’s)
  • Town Plan
  • Presentation by Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP 17 December 2020
  • The Leigh Creek Township FAQs will be regularly updated as information becomes available
  • The OCA, in discussion with the Leigh Creek Community Progress Association and other nearby communities, will schedule regular community engagement meetings to update progress on the transformation and understand community issues. This webpage will be regularly update regarding the upcoming meeting details.
  • Contact details will be updated and provided on the OCA webpage, in the newsletters and at the regular community meetings to enable individuals to ask questions and to raise any concerns.
  • A dedicated email address is available to provide feedback to the Leigh Creek Task Force leighcreektransformation@sa.gov.au.

Contacts

Government Agency

Contact

Phone

Email

OCA:

Tracy Neldner

08 8675 2126

oca.sa.gov.au

DIT Property:

Peter Thomas

08 8343 2605

DIT.leighcreekproperty@sa.gov.au

Leigh Creek Task Force:

Vicki Beard, Project Manager

0438 850 059

leighcreektransformation@sa.gov.au