Welcome to Leigh Creek & Copley
In the early 1980s, the previously nonexistent town of Leigh Creek (population 250 and shrinking) emerged from the northern Flinders desert. It was built by the state government to house people working at the huge open-cut coal mine here, with a school, a pub, a shopping centre, the whole shebang. Leigh Creek's population peaked at around 1000, until in 2016 the mine shut down, as did the huge power station in Port Augusta that it supplied. What happens next is anyone's guess: a new natural-gas project? The whole town up for sale? A kooky resort? Swing by and check it out: at least the pub is still open.