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  • State Government commits $90 million to sealing Strzelecki Track

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018

    Last night, Premier Jay Weatherill announced a $90 million commitment toward the sealing of the Strzelecki Track in the northeast, if re-elected (click here for full media release).

    The nation-building project will cost $450 million and will deliver significant benefits for the Outback region and beyond.

  • Paving the way for Sealing the Strzelecki Track

    Monday, 22 January 2018

    The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) and Regional Development Australia Far North (RDA Far North), in partnership with The Flinders Ranges Council (FRC), today launched the Economic and Community Benefits of Sealing the Strzelecki Track Report in Quorn.

    The report looks at the positive effects for the tourism, resources, pastoralism and transport industries, as well as how this project would change the lives of those who live, work and play in the Outback by decreasing the sense of isolation and improving safety.

  • OCA on hand for launch of William Creek weather station

    Outback Communities Authority (OCA) Director and Natural Resources SA Arid Lands Board Member, Mark Sutton, was in William Creek for the launch of a weather station last Friday, 24 November.

    The project fills a significant gap in the network of weather forecasting information and data available in the Far North area, and will provide more surety to those people who live, work and visit the region.

  • OCA releases region-building strategy, oneOutback Prospectus


    Thursday, 9 November 2017


    The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) will today launch its region-building strategy, the oneOutback Prospectus, which identifies prioritised investment opportunities for Outback South Australia, each validated through a community filter.

  • Invitation: Flinders Family Fun Day - Wednesday 25 October

    Country Health SA is hosting the first ever Flinders Family Fun Day on Wednesday, 25 October 2017.

    The event will be held at the Leigh Creek town oval from 10.00am - 2.30pm in collaboration with many government and non-profit organisations.

    Stalls on the day include:

  • Leigh Creek transition update

    We are now over 6 months into the transition of Leigh Creek becoming an open town and significant work is being done behind the scenes as the future of a post-mining Leigh Creek becomes a reality.

    The OCA is continuing to deliver all municipal services and the town is being maintained in a business as usual manner.

  • Nomination for Membership

    Published 14/8/2017

    Nominations are sought for membership of the Outback Communities Authority, a statutory body established to articulate the views, interests and aspirations of outback communities and to coordinate the provision of, and promote improvements in, public services and facilities in outback communities.

  • Leigh Creek to welcome international pilot training trial

    International students will soon learn to fly in Leigh Creek's clear skies as part of a trial by Parafield Airport-based pilot training school, Flight Training Adelaide (FTA).

    Outback Communities Authority (OCA) Chair, Cecilia Woolford, said "the Leigh Creek Airport is a remarkable facility which is admired by all who visit, and we will continue to seize these opportunities, bringing new money into the region and adding to the vibrancy of the community".

  • Beltana Community seeking Expressions of Interest for Racecourse operator

    The Beltana Community is seeking Expressions of Interest for a racecourse operator.

    Beltana is a State Heritage listed town located 530 kilometres north of Adelaide in the heart of the Flinders Ranges. The Beltana Racecourse is located on the main highway, 12 kilometres from the town, and is an asset of the Beltana Progress Association.

  • OCA launches second memorial book, From the Outback they Came, in Farina

    The OCA was in Farina recently to launch its second historical record, From the Outback they Came: Stories from the Outback to the Battlefront, with historian John Mannion

    The launch was held in conjunction with a ceremony to honour the late Lieutenant John Bell from Farina who died in action on 18 June 1940.