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  • 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.

  • Expression of Interest for Andamooka Town Overseer

    The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) is looking to enter into an agreement with a contractor to undertake the services of Town Overseer in the Andamooka Town Office in Andamooka from 31 July 2017 to 28 September 2018.

    The services provided by the contractor will ensure that certain aspects relating to the effective management of Andamooka and surrounds is undertaken in a timely and efficient manner.

  • From the Outback they Came - Stories from the Outback to the Battlefront

    The OCA is proud to be launching a coffee table book - 'From the Outback they Came: Stories from the Outback to the Battlefront' - in Farina later this month. The book is an abridged version of the OCA's ANZAC memorial book, 'From the Outback to the Battlefront' which was launched in Blinman last November.

    Both books capture the contribution and sacrifice of people who lived and worked in many corners of the South Australian Outback, and how they answered the call from their country in their time of greatest need.

  • Community input sought on strategic direction for the Outback in 2017-18

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

    Business Plan and Budget

    Community Affairs Resourcing and Management Agreement & Community Contribution Scheme - Andamooka

  • Outback Region Sport, Recreation & Open Space Strategy

    The OCA received funding from the Office of Sports and Recreation in 2016 to obtain a plan of sports and recreation needs in the Outback, while reviewing the last plan which was completed in 2005.

    As a result, the OCA, along with successful tenderer Neil Tredwell Management, will be travelling throughout the region and would like to invite community members to contribute to the next 5-year plan. This plan will inform the OCA Board on recreational needs in the Outback, while also ensuring that the OCA has shovel-ready projects for future grant applications.

  • OCA Board regional trip - Northern Flinders

    The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) and Board will be travelling to the Northern Flinders Ranges region next Tuesday, 14 March - Thursday, 16 March as part of a regional trip and are keen to hear how they can make a positive difference to life in the Outback.

    The OCA is absolutely committed to ensuring that community members have a say, and is making every effort to deliver the infrastructure and services that the Outback community needs most.