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Outback Futures Project Launched

Futureproofing the Outback
The Outback Communities Authority is inviting the Outback Community and regional stakeholders to
identify what is wanted and needed for the long term sustainability of the outback as its own unique
and autonomous region of South Australia.
The Outback Futures Project seeks to engage the Outback Community in a lively and positive
conversation about what is needed to take hold of the opportunities and make the region an even
better place to live, work and visit into the future.
Overseen by Mr Bill McIntosh AM, Presiding Member of the Outback Communities Authority, Ms
Sue Chase AM, regional business leader with a long history of working in the outback as the CEO of
Cowell Electric and Mr Ross Sawers, Presiding Member of the new Arid Lands Landscapes SA Board
and former member of the SA Arid Lands NRM Board and Regional Development Australia Far North
Board, the Outback Futures Committee will prepare a comprehensive consultation report
representing the breadth of issues concerns and aspirations raised along with any recommendations
for change for the consideration of the Outback Communities Authority. Once considered, the
report will then be presented to the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government
with recommendations.
“This is a genuine invitation for the Outback Community to talk to family, friends and work
colleagues and then tell us what is important to them and how it should be managed into the
future,” Said Mr McIntosh.
“Right now, we appear to be at a crossroads. We have the opportunity to take the lead to design a
structure that aims to deliver our collective vision and serve the Outback well into the future and
continue to make it a great place to live, work and visit.”
Consultation commences today with the release of the Outback Futures Project – What do you think
a more sustainable and resilient future for the Outback looks like? Discussion Paper. The Discussion
Paper asks Community Members and stakeholders a series of probing questions designed to
generate discussion within the community. Face-to-face community meetings with the Outback
Futures Committee are scheduled for late August with the recommendations report being presented
to the Minister in late September.
A copy of the Discussion Paper can be accessed via the web by contacting the

Outback Communities Authority on 1800 640 542.


For more information on how to respond or other queries relating to the Outback Futures Project please contact:
Outback Communities Authority
PO Box 2353, Port Augusta, SA 5700
1800 640 542 (freecall)
08 8648 5970
Download a hard copy of the questions here
click or scan the QR Code link to enable electronic response to questions: