Leigh Creek Transformation

Dear Leigh Creek Stakeholder


This webpage is the South Australian Government’s dedicated webpage for information on the Leigh Creek Future Town Plan. This webpage will be regularly updated with a range of information. Should there be any further detail you wish to see, your feedback will be valued by emailing leighcreektransformation@sa.gov.au.

Leigh Creek Future Town Plan

The state government is committed to Leigh Creek becoming a sustainable and open town and a thriving regional tourist hub, and service centre for surrounding northern Flinders Ranges communities.

The Future Township Plan provides the greatest certainty to those who call Leigh Creek home.

The 2020-21 State Budget provided an additional $30.6 million to transform Leigh Creek from a former government owned and company-controlled town to an open public town, bringing the total budget to $43.6 million over four years.

This process will include:

  • a new town management model with wider representation from the northern Flinders Ranges communities to be explored and determined during the transformation period,
  • the demolition of houses and commercial structures and decommissioning of infrastructure in line with the new Town Plan,
  • a process for the sale of residential and commercial properties prioritising current lease holders and residents.  In the event that residents do not or cannot purchase the houses, options for rental stock will be provided,
  • a new purpose-built health and ambulance facility for the region, and
  • upgrade of the critical aerodrome, including resurfacing of runways, new fencing and upgraded navigation system.

It is vital that the town is sized and structured to ensure it can sustain itself and thrive in the short, medium and long term.  Leaving the unused and dilapidated structures to deteriorate further will detract from Leigh Creek making it an uninviting and unwelcoming place to live and visit.

The significant transformation program planned will also provide important economic stimulus for Leigh Creek and surrounding communities while the works are undertaken and beyond.

More detailed information is provided in a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that can be accessed on this webpage.

The South Australian Government’s Leigh Creek Task Force in partnership with the Outback Communities Authority (OCA) will deliver the transformation. Additional OCA staff will be based at Leigh Creek to support the community via regular consultation, updates and communication throughout the transformation.

The Leigh Creek Task Force will continue to provide updated information at Leigh Creek about the transformation process as the new Town Plan is delivered and Leigh Creek re-emerges as a strong and vital town.

Transformation program opportunities

Maximising opportunities for locally based businesses and people in the region are a priority for this project, including Aboriginal workforce, apprentices and trainees. Local participation in the transformation works provide important economic stimulus for Leigh Creek and surrounding communities.

The physical transformation of Leigh Creek includes a significant demolition program which will be undertaken over an intensive two to three-year timeframe from the commencement of works. The Future 2020 Township Transformation Plan includes the demolition of surplus housing and some commercial and community facilities.

The project allows for an additional demolition program which may be required, for all or part of a list of identified residential, community and government buildings and facilities, should they not be sold or transferred in a market process.

Click here to read the Leigh Creek Community Briefing Fact Sheet published by the Office of the Industry Advocate.

The Process: Information and Registrations of Interest

To assist in identifying businesses and people located in the region and surrounding regional area who are interested in working with and supplying to the successful Contractor, the Department for Infrastructure and Transport has collected contact details of interested businesses via a Registration of Interest to share with the potential tenderers.


We wish to note that if registering as an individual, a White Card is a minimum requirement.

It would be advantageous to have specific building/construction related qualifications, certification and/or training prior to registering.


Contractors interested in registering need to provide information regarding their Contractor license number (OCBA issued) specific licenses, skill/trade qualifications and building construction related certifications. i.e. White Card, Asbestos Awareness Certificate etc.

Should you be interested in the opportunities available from the transformation works, please provide the following details by email to Rowan Magor from the Office of the Industry Advocate at rowan.magor@sa.gov.au

  • Name/ Business Name  (if applicable)
  • Skill / Trade
  • Email Address  /Phone Number / Address

Industry Briefings

Leigh Creek 25 March 2021: This event was open to local businesses and people interested in working on the project from Leigh Creek and the surrounding regions who have the capability and capacity to work with the successful head contractor and associated supply chain in the delivery of this project for the region.

Port Augusta 3 August 2021

This event provided more information about the Leigh Creek Township Transformation project works and provided the opportunity to meet with the head contractors that may tender for the work.

Bringing together representatives from the project team and potential tenderers provided an opportunity for businesses to understand the project specifics, workforce and supply chain opportunities.

Click here for a copy of the Demolition industry briefing presentation 3 August 2021

Demolition Phase 1 Work Packages

The Demolition Phase 1 is the safe removal and disposal of 199 surplus and dilapidated residential properties from Leigh Creek.

The work packages are listed below and include the status of the head contracts.

As contracts are awarded, the contact details will be listed for community liaison and for work opportunities.



Tender details

Package start

Package end

Residential asbestos remediation

Result of audit. Priority was 6 houses for tenant transfers from demolition zone. Approximately 30 properties in total.

Awarded to Intract Australia.

Intract Project Manager, Anthony Woods:

0418 785 063

08 8203 3100

15 June 2021

December 2021

Early Works Perimeter Fencing

Perimeter Fencing for Demolition Zones 1 & 2.

Awarded to Birubi Australia.

Birubi General Manager, Sue Abbott

0429 696 725,

08 8294 8941

Birubi Project Manager, Markus Dunatov

0499 898 069

08 8294 8941

October 2021

Early December 2021

DP1 – Demolition Package 1

Demolition of 44 houses, 1 SPA (3 rooms) asbestos removed prior. Disposal of waste.

Tender to be released October 2021.

February 2022

June 2022

DP2 - Demolition Package 2

Asbestos removal 199 properties (DP1 & DP2). Demolition of 140 houses, 12 flats, 1 SPA. Disposal of waste.

Awarded to Delta Group.

Harry Pickard

0429 266 154

08 8351 3620

November 2021

July 2022

Information about the transformation progress

Community Meetings

The next Community Meeting is Thursday 21 April 2022 (subject to COVID restrictions) from 5.30pm - 7.30pm in the Leigh Creek Good Shepherd Church

The OCA, in discussion with the Leigh Creek Community Progress Association and other nearby communities has scheduled regular community engagement meetings to update progress on the transformation and understand community issues. The OCA aims to ensure that there is a good feedback loop that flows information between the community and Implementation Committee.

Monthly meetings will be held on Thursdays from 5.30pm - 7.30pm in the Leigh Creek Auditorium / Cinema or the Leigh Creek Good Shepherd Church, all welcome.

The Community Meeting Schedule for 2022 can be found here.

Presentations from previous community engagement meetings can be accessed here:

Leigh Creek News


Government Agency





Tracy Neldner

08 8675 2126


DIT Property:

Peter Thomas

08 8343 2605


Leigh Creek Task Force:

Vicki Beard, Project Manager

0438 850 059