Welcome to the Outback Communities Authority

 
 
 
Outback South Australia is big, about 625,000 square kilometres or about 63% of the State. For comparison, this is an area as big as France and 2½ times bigger than the United Kingdom. But it’s home to only about 4,500 people.

Its size makes the idea of traditional ‘local government’ impracticable so the OCA model is a hybrid between local government and community self-management by the 4,500 people who make it their home.

The OCA represents - and advocates for - the interests of these people and their families.

The OCA’s goal is to support the many outback communities who want to take control of their own future. For example, the OCA helps with the provision of water supplies, or invests in ‘municipal’ services like waste collection and town maintenance. We maintain a network of outback UHF radio repeater towers and a constructed network of outback airstrips to provide near all-weather 24 hour emergency access, and a lot of public toilets.

Our board is representative of the outback communities. We think outside the square. That’s why the OCA is prepared to go out and find alternate investment programs and technologies, or sponsor unique and historical outback events.

Our role is to support outback communities to achieve their goals.

In formal terms, the OCA was established by the Outback Communities (Administration and Management) Act 2009 to manage the provision of, and promote improvements in, public services and facilities for outback communities. It also has a responsibility to articulate the views, interests and aspirations of these communities.

The OCA replaced the Outback Areas Community Development Trust, established in 1978, which provided limited services to those parts of South Australia not formally within a local government area.

Your Outback

Thank you to the Innamincka Hotel for this amazing photo of sunset in Innamincka with the Cooper Creek on the rise for the second time in March 2020.

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Sports Grants 2019-20

The OCA has released the second round of funding for the 2019-20 Sports Grants.

Progress Associations and community sport and recreation organisations located in the Outback are encouraged to apply for the grant to assist with projects and initiatives that promote participation in local sporting activities.

Funding will be prioritised to those clubs and organisations who are registered with Starclub and making progress towards completing the program.

$21m Drought Support Program

The Hon Steven Marshall MP Premier and The Hon Tim Whetstone MP Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development on 10 December 2019 released details for a further $21m support package for drought-affected SA farmers.  Click here for more information.

 

Applications for surplus Government computers are now open.

Leigh Creek News

The December 2019 edition of the Leigh Creek News is now available here

 

 

Read All About It!

The Office for the Outback Communities Authority are gearing up for the second edition of the new oneOutback newspaper. The next edition will be available in March, capturing stories from Outback Communities along with an update from the OCA and STARCLUB.

The electronic version of the first edition is available here https://bit.ly/2QcOFhO.