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  • Small Sports Grants

    The OCA announced today that 8 communities have received funding through the OCA Small Sports Grants program.

    These grants will assist with projects and initiatives that will encourage communities to participate in local sport and recreational activities.

    Click here for the full Media Release.


    The OCA is partnering with the South Australian Office for Recreation and Sport on a new initiative, the STARCLUB Development Program.

    This program aims to support sporting clubs and entities with governance and successful management strategies. STARCLUB will provide benefits to your club including improved opportunities for grants, sponsorship and governance as well as making sure all legislative requirements are covered.

  • Dog Registrations Due

    Remember that Dog Registrations are due by 31 August 2018.

    Pet owners can now register themselves using the new Dogs and Cats Online website which was launched by the Dog and Cat Management Board on 1 July 2018.

    Click Here to see the Dog and Cat Management Board's media release or click here for more information.

  • OCA Commissions Outback Water Stations

    Two new solar powered remote area water treatment plants have been installed and are operational in Marla and Oodnadatta. These Outback Water Stations provide clean and safe drinking water for the local community and the travelling public.

    Click here for full Media Release.

  • Improving Safety for the Livestock Industry Report Released

    Today the Chair of the Outback Communities Authority (OCA), Cecilia Woolford, in partnership with the Chair of Regional Development Australia Far North (RDA Far North) jointly launched the Multispecies Livestock Transhipping Hub: Improving safety, efficiency and profitability in the Australian Livestock Industry report.

    The Report's scope looked at the potential establishment of a multispecies transhipping hub in Port Augusta and specifically addressed:

    1. Determined the immediate, medium and long term economic benefit for the follwoing areas:

  • Community input sought on strategic direction for the Outback in 2018-19

    The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) has commenced consultation on the following documents and is seeking input from those with an interest in the Outback:

    Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2018-19

    Draft 2018-19 Community Affairs Resourcing and Management Agreement & Community Contribution Scheme - Andamooka

  • 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.