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Leigh Creek Transformation

Dear Leigh Creek Stakeholder


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

Message from

Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP




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


Community Meetings

The OCA, in discussion with the Leigh Creek Community Progress Association and other nearby communities has scheduled regular community engagement meetings to update progress on the transformation and understand community issues. The OCA aims to ensure that there is a good feedback loop that flows information between the community and Implementation Committee.

Monthly meetings will be held on Thursdays from 5.30pm - 7.30pm in the Leigh Creek Auditorium / Cinema, all welcome.

The Community Meeting Schedule for 2021 can be found here.


Leigh Creek News

February 2021

January 2021

November 2020

September 2020

July 2020

December 2019



Government Agency





Tracy Neldner

08 8675 2126

DIT Property:

Peter Thomas

08 8343 2605

Leigh Creek Task Force:

Vicki Beard, Project Manager

0438 850 059