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Leigh Creek transition - latest news

31 January 2017

The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) took over municipal responsibility for the township of Leigh Creek on 1 January 2017.

Click here to view the latest updates on the transition.

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

  • town administration and maintenance
  • Leigh Creek aerodrome 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 DPTI

DPTI Property (Housing and Commercial) manages all residential housing and commercial assets in the township.

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 or relevant Government agencies.

Manager, Leigh Creek Contracts and Services

Mr Robert Stack, the inaugural Manager of Leigh Creek Contracts and Services for the Leigh Creek township, commenced in the position on 3 January 2017. Mr Stack oversees and authorises works contracts across the areas of building maintenance, trades and administration for the department and OCA owned assets including the aerodrome, waste dump, parks and gardens, recreational facilities such as the swimming pool and general amenity.

He also provides on the ground support to, and on behalf of, DPTI Property (Housing and Commercial) divisions in the continued management of a residential dwelling program and commercial business support, respectively.

Rob’s experience means that he is well positioned to lead a seamless transition and the ongoing delivery of day-to-day administration of the township under OCA management.

Result of Call for Expressions of Interest: Leigh Creek contracts

Following an Expression of Interest process held in late 2016, the OCA successfully negotiated a contract with a Town Maintenance Officer, Mr Will Ferguson, who commenced on 1 January 2017.

As there were no suitable applicants for a Cleaning contract, an Expression of Interest was called again post-transition and the OCA is negotiating with an applicant.

The OCA has now finalised targeted contracts for the Aerodrodrome Reporting Officer and aerodrome refuelling. These contracts have been targeted due to the expertise required to fulfil the roles and comply with relevant legal obligations.

Leigh Creek Tavern

Following a successful Expression of Interest process in late 2016, the Leigh Creek Tavern reopened on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 under the management of well-known hospitality group 1834 Hotels, with a new name and vigour to re-establish the property as an iconic regional resort.

The Leigh Creek Outback Resort will be promoted to domestic and international tourists, while providing local employment and reinvigorating the iconic town as an Outback destination. Keep up to date with all the latest news via the Leigh Creek Outback Resort and Leigh Creek Bar & Grill Facebook pages.

Media release 24-January


The OCA will manage the Leigh Creek aerodrome through a private contractor to the same high standard as it has been managed by Flinders Power, with no changes to service provision. All current navigation systems and landing aids will remain. The aerodrome will continue to be one of the best in the Outback, servicing the Northern Flinders Ranges region. Stark Aviation will retain their aircraft refuelling services.

Swimming pool complex

The Leigh Creek swimming pool complex will continue to operate as usual for the 2016-17 season. The OCA has honoured all employee contracts organised through Flinders Power’s chosen labour hire company, Randstad.

The OCA has been coordinating an upgrade to the pool chemical management system to accommodate a safer, more modern chlorination dosing system. The installation will take place from Wednesday, 1 February to Friday, 3 February, however this work will not result in any lengthy pool closures. Any minor adjustments to pool opening times will be communicated well in advance.


The gymnasium adjacent to the Leigh Creek Tavern will continue to operate from 1 January 2017 under the management of 1834 Hotels as part of the Leigh Creek Outback Resort. Existing members will be able to continue to use the gym as usual. New membership enquiries are directed to the Leigh Creek Outback Resort, ph. 8675 2025.


The waste dump facility located north of Copley reopened for public use on Monday, 30 January under the OCA's management (EPA Licence number 50223). The dump is open on Mondays and Saturdays from 10.00am - 2.00pm.

Kerbside waste will continue to be collected from Leigh Creek residences and businesses as usual. The OCA has engaged a contactor with expertise in waste management, Flinders Management Services, to operate the Leigh Creek landfill and rubbish collection, with a view to introduce recycling services.

Aroona Sanctuary and Dam

The Government is committed to providing continued access to Aroona Sanctuary for the Northern Flinders Ranges community who have used the area recreationally over many years. Relevant Government agencies are continuing to work through access, management and funding arrangements to support community access to the area.

Information on access to the Aroona Sanctuary and Dam will be provided in the near future, however, this facility will not be managed by the OCA as part of its town management responsibilities.

Health service

Country Health SA is committed to providing a health service in Leigh Creek and will continue to consult with communities on how an ongoing service will be delivered. The Leigh Creek Hospital and SA Ambulance Service will continue to operate as usual until further notice.

Click here to download a fact sheet on the Leigh Creek Health Service.

Commercial business

DPTI Commercial have a dedicated staff member, Claudia Trotta, who is case managing the commercial leases for each existing business in Leigh Creek. Businesses have been offered the surety of a 12-month tenancy agreement based on their existing terms and conditions for 2017. DPTI and Renewal SA are overseeing an Expression of Interest process for the Leigh Creek Tavern, seeking a commercial operator with the relevant management expertise. Outcomes of this process will be communicated with you as soon as information comes to hand. Any person who wishes to explore a business opportunity in Leigh Creek is asked to contact the OCA in the first instance.

Residential Tenancies

DPTI Government Housing’s dedicated staff member, Mr Peter Thomas, has been working in Leigh Creek over the past few months to ensure all residential housing arrangements are in place for 2017. Tenancy Agreements have now been posted to all current residential housing tenants who have indicated that they will remain in Leigh Creek in 2017.

Water supply

SA Water is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Leigh Creek's Reverse Osmosis plant, sewerage treatment site, bores and related pipework. As per the existing arrangement with Flinders Power, water and sewerage services will be provided rate-free for the 2017 calendar year. SA Water will adopt a user-pays system from 1 January 2018.

Contact details

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

Leigh Creek township or municipal services

Courtney Harrington

Northern Flinders Project Officer


M 0413 090 556

P 8648 5970

H 1800 640 542 (free call for unincorporated areas)


Peter Thomas

Leigh Creek Transition Housing Manager


M 0437 729 373


Claudia Trotta

Leigh Creek Leasing and Property Management


M 0436 470 565

Leigh Creek Health Service

Ashley Parkinson

Director of Nursing, Leigh Creek Health Service

Country Health SA

M 0429 588 828

P 8648 4007