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Leigh Creek Transition

Leigh Creek is a former mining town located in a picturesque part of the Northern Flinders Ranges.

The town was purpose-built to service operations at the nearby coal mine, which operated from the 1940s until late-2015 as coal mining became increasingly uneconomic.

The State Government announced on 6 June 2016 that it would transition the Leigh Creek township from Flinders Power Partnership (formerly Alinta Energy) management to Government management on 1 January 2017, the Outback Communities Authority (OCA) has now taken over municipal responsibility for the township.

The transition has involved a range of government agencies and has been led by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) in partnership with SA Water and the OCA. Since mid-2016, the State Government has been working through the many aspects of Leigh Creek's transition to an open, government-managed town.


As of 1 January 2017, the OCA has municipal responsibility for the township of Leigh Creek.

The municipal services within the town that are managed by the OCA include:

  • town administration and maintenance
  • Leigh Creek Airport
  • rubbish collection and dump
  • footpaths, parks and gardens
  • public amenity
  • street lighting
  • recreational facilities such as the swimming pool complex, oval, gymnasium and sports stadium, with assistance from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI)
  • community facilities hire

DPTI Property (Housing and Commercial) manages all residential housing and commercial assets in the township. Please click here to see instructions and contact details for any residential rental maintenance issues.

DPTI Transport Services manages the road and storm water infrastructure.

SA Water manages water and waste water provision for Leigh Creek.

Flinders Power will continue to manage the Leigh Creek Coalmine only. All enquiries relating to the township are directed to the OCA's office on 1800 640 542 or by email to, or relevant Government agencies (details below).

Transition update newsletters

July 2020 - Leigh Creek News

December 2019 - Leigh Creek News

January 2018

Leigh Creek Housing Update - Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

August 2017

OCA transition update

February 2017

Leigh Creek Health Service fact sheet and brochure

OCA transition update

January 2017

Invitation: Leigh Creek Health Service open day - Tuesday, 31 January

December 2016

Leigh Creek Health Service

OCA transition update

SA Water

November 2016

OCA transition update

August 2016

OCA transition update

Contact details

Community members are encouraged to make contact with a member of the OCA team, or relevant Government agency representative, to discuss any specific concerns or questions they may have relating to the township.

Leigh Creek township municipal services 

Outback Communities Authority (OCA)

P 1800 640 542


Peter Thomas

Leigh Creek Transition Manager

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI)

M 0437 729 373

P 8343 2605


Simon Muecke

Leigh Creek Leasing and Property Management

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI)

M 0401 148 576

P 8343 2613

Leigh Creek Health Services

Ashley Parkinson

Director of Nursing, Leigh Creek Health Service

Country Health SA

M 0429 588 828

P 8648 4007