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					  IRON KNOB

COMMUNITY PLAN

   2009- 2012
                  TABLE OF CONTENTS



1 INTRODUCTION ......................................................2


2 VISION ......................................................................4


3 MISSION ...................................................................4


4 KEY ISSUES ............................................................4


5 KEY GOALS, OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGIES ...6


6 IMPLEMENTATION ...............................................19
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 1.     INTRODUCTION


Iron Knob with a current population of 200 is regarded as the birthplace of the Australian
Steel Industry and is widely recognised as the first iron ore mine in Australia. The ore body
was first mined in 1880, however early companies had not been able to maintain product
and their leases lapsed. BHP took over the lease in 1896 and starting mining in 1899 in
order to secure ironstone as a flux to smelt the silver-lead ores at Port Pirie. Until the
1960’s all of BHP’s major steelmaking operations at Newcastle, Port Kembla, Port Pirie
and Whyalla where supplied with iron ore from Iron Knob. At the time and until the
discovery of the huge iron reserves in the Pilbara Region in Western Australia, the Iron
Knob deposit was the largest iron ore reserve in Australia.

Prior to the discovery of the iron deposit, pastoralists were establishing the area and by
1854 Cooroona Hill (now knows as Corunna Station) had been established and the Iron
Knob named.

Iron Knob is located 68km southwest of Port Augusta and 52km northwest of Whyalla and
152m above sea level in the heart of a semi-desert area. The town got its name from the
very large piece of iron ore, which protruded from the side of the hill. However over one
hundred years of mining has reduced the height of Iron Knob by more than 150 metres. In
its hey day, Iron Knob was home to over 2,000 people, however changes in technology
and work practices reduced the need for labour at the mine and in 1997-98 the mine
closed.

Today the town, which was once jointly administered by BHP and the State has been
handed back to the community to deal with the complexities of community governance and
the raising of revenue to maintain the local services and infrastructure. This is perhaps in
all its history, the biggest challenge facing the Iron Knob community. The Iron Knob
Progress Association and the Outback Areas Community Development Trust (OACDT)
officially represent the town. These organisations have already taken steps to increase the
number of services available within the community and support existing services.

Currently the town of Iron Knob is serviced by a:
    Hotel
    Visitor Information/Tourist Centre
    Licensed Australia Post Office




                                                            View of the Iron Knob township.




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                                    2006 CENSUS DATA
     PERSON                     Selected     % of total        Australia      % of total persons
CHARACTERISTICS                  Region      persons in                          in Australia
                                             Region
 Total persons (excluding         199        -                 19,855,288               -
    overseas visitors)
          Males                   110        55.3%              9,799,252            49.4%
         Females                   89        44.7%             10,056,036            50.6%
   Indigenous persons               3        1.5%                455,031             2.3%
(comprises Aboriginal and
  Torres Strait Islander)

In the 2006 Census (held on 8th August 2006), there were 199 persons usually resident in Iron
Knob (Suburb): 55.3% were males and 44.7% were females. Of the total population in Iron Knob
(Suburb) 1.5% were Indigenous persons, compared with 2.3% Indigenous persons in Australia.
          AGE               Selected    % of total         Australia    % of total persons
                             Region     persons      in                     in Australia
                                        Region
        Age groups:
         0-4 years              10      5.0%              1,260,405             6.3%
         -14 years              20      10.1%             2,676,807            13.5%
        15-24 years             10      5.0%              2,704,276            13.6%
        25-54 years             73      36.7%             8,376,751            42.2%
        55-64 years             46      23.1%             2,192,675            11.0%
     65 years and over          39      19.6%             2,644,374            13.3%

 Median age of persons            51         -                     37                   -

In the 2006 Census 15.1% of the population usually resident in Iron Knob (Suburb) were children
aged between 0-14 years, and 42.7% were persons aged 55 years and over. The median age of
persons in Iron Knob (Suburb) was 51 years, compared with 37 years for persons in Australia.
 INCOME (Population aged       Selected                          Australia
    15 years and over)          Region
  Median individual income        234              -               466               -
          ($/weekly)
  Median household income         416              -              1,027              -
          ($/weekly)
    Median family income          491              -              1,171              -
          ($/weekly)

In Iron Knob (Suburb), the median weekly individual income for persons aged 15 years and over
    who were usual residents was $234, compared with $466 in Australia. The median weekly
   household income was $416, compared with $1,027 in Australia. The median weekly family
                     income was $491, compared with $1,171 in Australia.
                            FAMILY CHARACTERISTICS
       FAMILY                     Selected        % of total      Australia     % of total families
  CHARACTERISTICS                  Region        families in                       in Australia
                                                   Region
       Total families                  49             -           5,219,165              -
Couple families with children          10          20.4%          2,362,582           45.3%
  Couple families without              30          61.2%          1,943,643           37.2%
         children
   One parent families                  9            18.4%        823,254             15.8%
      Other families                   0             0.0%          89,686             1.7%

 In the 2006 Census, there were 49 families in Iron Knob (Suburb): 20.4% were couple families
 with children, 61.2% were couple families without children, 18.4% were one parent families and
                                   0.0% were other families.
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 2.     VISION



  “A vibrant community, proud of its past and cohesive in securing its
                          future potential”.


 3.     MISSION


The Iron Knob Progress Association will work with the community to maintain and improve
services and facilities consistent with our lifestyle in securing our future.


 4.     KEY ISSUES


The community is faced with the task of maintaining and funding recreational and sporting
facilities, as well as the town’s parks and gardens and community buildings. Likewise the
town’s roads, footpaths and other essential infrastructure are nearing their optimum life
capacity and will require upgrading and repairs, beyond the capacity of the local
community to fund.

The town is currently administered through the auspicious of the Iron Knob Progress
Association, with the support of the Outback Areas Community Development Trust and
other regionally based organisations.

Collectively they have the responsibility of maintaining local services and infrastructure.
Being an unincorporated town, properties are not subject to rates and taxes, and therefore
the only means by which the Progress Association can raise revenue is through traditional
fund-raising activities, tourism centre and the voluntary payment of an annual subscription.
Enlisting the support of the whole community is a challenge faced by the Association.

Notwithstanding the above, the Progress Association has been active in developing new
ways of generating revenue and maintaining services within the town. The Association
runs tours of the mine, operates a visitor information centre and has taken over the licence
of the postal agency. They also secured Commonwealth Government funds to establish a
Rural Transaction Centre. Without access to a more comprehensive and secure funding
arrangements, the Progress Association will continue to face the dilemma of trying to
spread their limited financial resources over a number of areas requiring additional
funding.




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Other issues identified by the community are:

Community
   Good volunteer network, but new people not encouraged to join in.
   Need to review town governance.
   Loss of management / administration expertise / skills.
   Need to improve skills in developing and accessing grant funding opportunities.
   Population decline.
   Loss of education services.
   Aging population.
   Loss of public transport service.
   Divided community.
   Perceived lack of recognition by Governments.
   No police presence.
   Negative outlook – Community apathy.
   Lack of funds for town management.

Environment and Infrastructure
   Need to improve / maintain walking trails.
   Wildlife roaming freely around town.
   Unsightly premises, old vehicles etc.
   Lack of maintenance on community buildings.
   Need to improve town entrances.
   Town infrastructure is declining.
   Beautification etc. Need to investigate recycling options.
   Limited recycling of green and household waste.

Economic
   Need for retail, take away outlet in town.
   Need to encourage more travellers to stop and visit town.
   Lack of signage at entrance to town.
   Need to effectively promote and market mine tours.
   Loss of retail services – empty shops / buildings.
   Need to build on success of Errappa Camp.
   Closure of main industry has reduced employment opportunities.
   Visitor Centre not easy to find.
   Perceived lack of interest from Government.
   Insufficient tourist accommodation available.
   Lack of banking services available.




                                                        The Iron Knob township entrance,
                                                        which has been identified as needing
                                                        some improvements.




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 5.     KEY GOALS, OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGIES

The key goals and objectives are listed as:

GOAL 1: A United Approach in the Management and Delivery of Town
Services

1.    Increase the role of the Iron Knob Progress Association
      As the formal representative of the community, it is important that the Progress
      Association continue to drive the development of Iron Knob for all its residents.
      Although the Association has been in existence since the mid 1930s, it is only more
      recent that its role has dramatically increased with the administration of the town
      being handed back to the community by BHP in 1998. It is imperative that new skills
      continue to be developed to ensure effective and cohesive governance is provided
      for all residents.

      Integral to the future success of the town, the profile of the Progress Association
      needs to be further strengthened and as with many other outback communities,
      greater recognition within the wider community and government agencies is
      important.

       Strategies
       Review the role of the Iron Knob Progress Association on behalf of the
        community and continue to upgrade the constitution.
       Represent the interests of Iron Knob at appropriate regional, State and Federal
        forums.
       Host an Outback Areas Trust visit.
       Establish links with other outback communities Progress Associations and
        Committees.
       Facilitate the development of leadership and town management skills for
        Progress Association members and the wider community.
       Strengthen existing relationships with the Whyalla City Council, OACDT, WEDB,
        NRM and Ask Employment through regular meetings.

1.2   Ensure community involvement and commitment in implementing the
      Community Plan
      The Iron Knob Progress Association has been successful in maintaining and
      developing town services with limited resources. However all residents need to be
      encouraged to participate and contribute to the running of the town.

      Whilst there is a high level of voluntarism in Iron Knob, interaction between all
      sectors of the community must be fostered to ensure a prosperous future. Further
      avenues for communication need to be created, so that every one is informed of
      events and activities within the town.

      Strategies have been developed that will enhance the level of community
      cooperation that is required to achieve successful outcomes.

       Strategies
       Encourage wide community involvement in the implementation of the
        Community Plan.
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          Regularly promote the successes of the community through community
           newsletter and regional media.
          Establish mechanisms including community forums and social events to ensure
           inter community communication and cooperation.
          Conduct a community skills audit.
          Ensure the community is well informed on services provision issues and their
           need to contribute to the provision of those services.

1.3    Actively increase the amount of external funding available to the community
       Maintenance of the town infrastructure is the responsibility of the Iron Knob
       Progress Association. With the withdrawal of financial resources from BHP, running
       costs and public liability insurance is placing an increased demand on the
       community to maintain community infrastructure.

       Being an unincorporated town, the only means by which the Progress Association
       can raise revenue is through community fund-raising activities and the voluntary
       payment of an annual subscription. It is vital to the future of Iron Knob that it is able
       to secure funding for the ongoing maintenance of its assets as well as the
       development of important future projects.

       Whilst there is a need to increase the level of funding from traditional sources as
       well as take advantage of all relevant government funding programs, access to a
       more secure finding source has been an issue consistent across all outback
       communities.

       Through the auspices of the OACDT mechanisms need to be investigated that
       could provide for a more structured funding outcome, not only for Iron Knob but also
       for all Outback communities. The identification of all possible sources of funding,
       together with enhancing the skills of the community in preparing funding
       submissions are key strategies.

        Strategies
        Identify all possible sources of regional, State and Federal funding available to
         the Iron Knob community.
        Seek the assistance of OACDT and WEDB in the development of funding
         applications.
        Continue to facilitate training for Progress Association Members in the
         preparation of grant submissions.
        Establish with One Steel possible corporate sponsorship for projects identified in
         the Community Plan.
        Review with One Steel existing water subsidy arrangements.
        Produce a 6-7 minute video marketing and promoting Iron Knob.


To ensure a positive future for the town of Iron knob, it is important that the community
acts as a focused unit. The residents of the town must move forward together and present
a united front to Government. The strategies and objectives developed in this plan have
been formulated utilising the ideas and concerns of members of the community. To
successfully achieve these objectives, it is critical that there is also significant community
input and cooperation in the implementation of the Community Plan.



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The strategies developed to achieve this specific objective are aimed at promoting a
strong sense of community pride, increasing the general awareness of community
activities and promoting community involvement in this plan




                                                       Volunteers have a very large role in the
                                                       successful projects achieved in Iron
                                                       Knob.




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                  ISSUE                                          ACTION                           RESPONSIBILITY              TIMEFRAME
Better co-ordination between Government      Progress to co-ordinate quarterly meetings of key    OACDT                  First meeting by 30th
agencies that service the town.              agencies that service the town with the aim of       Iron Knob Progress     June 2009.
                                             information sharing and co-ordination of services.
Develop protocols with “One Steel” in        Meet with Onesteel at least 1-2 times per year to    Iron Knob Progress     First meeting by August
conjunction with OACDT and other             discuss projects and issues                                                 2009
Government organisations
Awareness raising of the Community rules     Promotion of Progress rules and policies in          Iron Knob Progress.    Ongoing raising in
and policies                                 community newsletter and open meeting for            Telecentre to co-      regular Town
                                             community                                            ordinate               newsletters. First article
                                                                                                                         by June 2009
Better communication required between        At least 2 Community meetings held during the        Iron Knob Progress     First meeting by June
the people of Iron Knob and increase         year for all Community members.                                             2009. Summary of
profile of the Progress Association.         Information on Progress meetings included in                                Progress meeting in
                                             Community newsletter.                                                       newsletter in July 2009.
Establish links with other Outback           Regular discussions with communities with            Iron Knob Progress     Ongoing
communities                                  similar issues and attend forums and training        OACDT
                                             organised by the OACDT
Actively increase the amount of external     Executive Support Officer to complete at least 10    Iron Knob Progress     Assess each year in
funding available to the community           applications for funding each year.                                         December
                                             Grant submission training delivered to community
Facilitate the development of leadership     OACDT to be approached regarding training for        OACDT Community        Training by July 2009
and Town management skills for Progress      community members in a range of areas.               Development
Association members and the wider                                                                 IKPA
community
Strengthen existing relationships with the   Arrange at least 1-2 meetings each year with         Progress Association   First meeting by
Whyalla City Council, OACDT, WEDB,           these agencies outlining what you require from                              December 2009
NRM and Ask Employment through               them regarding the plan.
regular meeting
Conduct a community skills audit             Examine other audits conducted by communities        OACDT.                 Audit completed by
                                             and survey community members.                        IKPA                   December 2009
Produce a 6-7 minute video marketing and     Engage school, University or skilled volunteer to    Progress Association   Video produced by
promoting Iron Knob                          produce marketing video.                                                    December 2009




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GOAL 2: Increase Community and Social Services

2.1   Improve transport services
      A bus service is provided to travel to Whyalla or Port Augusta for shopping or
      medical needs. There is a current need to replace the current small bus previously
      funded by Community Benefit SA, OACDT and the Progress Association.

2.2   Increase Social and Recreational activities
      Due to a decline in population, sporting and recreational activities are limited. Whilst
      the town have active lawn bowls and golf clubs there are no activities that cater for
      the youth of the town. The town oval is no longer utilised for any sporting or
      recreational activity and there appears to be no organised approach to improving
      recreational or social choices and therefore very few social activities occur in the
      town.
      The Bowls Club conduct a monthly BBQ and the oval could be utilised for activities
      such as cricket if cleared of saltbush, the community hall could be utilised for sports
      such as Table tennis and Indoor bowls.

      Community consultation identified a large number of issues and opportunities in
      relation to recreation. The majority of ideas and actions were aimed at ensuring that
      there are sufficient activities available to entertain the town's population.
      The upgrade and more effective utilisation of existing town recreation infrastructure
      is one of the most important outcomes of the plan. At present there is limited
      organised approach to improving recreation choices within the town.

The key issues discussed include:
Improve transport services
    Identify the extent of service required
    Investigate the purchase of a small bus to replace the current bus in operation.

Increase social and recreational activities
    Identify recreational and social needs of the community
    Investigate the upgrade of the local oval for sporting and recreational activities
    Investigate the utilisation of the Community hall for recreational purposes.
    Upgrade and purchase new playground equipment for children in the town.




                                                                  The current Iron Knob community
                                                                  bus and trailer has serviced the
                                                                  community well, but there is a
                                                                  requirement for a replacement
                                                                  bus.




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GOAL 2: Increase Community and Social Services


                  ISSUE                                          ACTION                         RESPONSIBILITY              TIMEFRAME
Hall under utilised                           Hall Committee formed to increase activity on a   Iron Knob Progress     Plans for regular usage
                                              regular basis, eg Table tennis, Indoor bowls,     Association            to Progress by July 2009
                                              youth events etc
Improve Bus services                          Source grants to upgrade bus within the town,     IKPA                   Bus upgraded by
                                              investigate costs.                                OACDT                  December 2009
Increase Social and Recreational Activities   Investigate clean up of town oval and organise    Iron Knob Progress     October 2009
                                              regular cricket match.                            Association
Current Playground is not suitable and        Source grants to purchase new playground          IKPA                   New playground by June
unsafe                                        equipment                                         OACDT, RICE            2010




                                                                                    Playground equipment currently located in Iron Knob, which
                                                                                    has been identified as needing to be replaced by 2010.




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GOAL 3: Improve and Promote our Natural and Built Environment
Iron Knob has a unique character however some of its infrastructure are in a poor state of
repair and are being lost over time.

If this trend continues the character of the town would be radically altered and as a result,
much of the tourism/interpretive potentially would also be lost. The restoration of
infrastructure would need to take a high priority and the Iron Knob Community Hall is an
impressive building that has been a cornerstone to community activity.

3.1    Maintain and improve our infrastructure
       The current state of some town roads and footpaths is poor and this can occur after
       flooding .

       There is general concern that the water supply lines have deteriorated to the point
       that if urgent maintenance is not carried out, supply could be affected. Community
       buildings are reaching an age that required maintenance and repair not is
       undertaken, their condition will rapidly deteriorate.

       An assessment of current infrastructure condition is required so that maintenance
       programs can be planned and funding sought.

        Strategies
        Seek OACDT to conduct an infrastructure audit to examine roads, footpaths,
         water supply.
        Lobby key agencies and government bodies to ensure infrastructure is
         maintained
        Investigate Mens Shed Development.
        Investigate renovations of Community hall

3.2    Enhance the appeal of the town
       Iron Knob and surrounding areas has a wealth of flora and fauna that is easily
       accessible and available for all to enjoy. Many tourists and travellers pass through
       the area and not recognise its environment. With improved signage and the
       establishment of walking trails the experienced offered to visitors could be
       enhanced with minimal disturbance to the environment.




   The Iron Knob Tourist Centre has
   provided valuable information to the
   many travellers visiting the area. It has
   been suggested that improved signage
   around the town would encourage
   tourists to experience the surrounding
   environment.




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      Some of the town’s historical features are at risk of deteriorating to the point of
      being beyond repair. The restoration of these buildings and features is important in
      maintaining the character and appeal of the town.

      Old vehicle wrecks and other items are scattered through out the town and degrade
      the town’s appearance. There is a need to re-establish the main centre of the town
      with the possible establishment of a Rural Transaction Centre as its centrepiece.

      Improvements to the town entrances and open spaces through beautification and
      programs are important in attracting travellers into the town.

       Strategies
       Develop walking trails link to areas of local flora and fauna significance
       Prepare a local heritage list for selected building and other areas and features of
        local significance
       Improve town entrances and public space areas through appropriate
        landscaping
       Implement a program to remove old vehicle wrecks and improve the general
        tidiness of the town

3.3   Increase environmental awareness within the community.
      Water usages for the up keep of the bowling greens, some parks and recreational
      areas is currently subsidised by One Steel. Options to capture and store water
      runoff and water recycling needs to be investigated.

      A waste collection service is provided through the Progress Association, but does
      not include any recycling of green waste, cans, paper etc.
      Programs to increase community awareness and involvement in waste minimisation
      and conservation activities will be key strategies in achieving this objective.
      An increase in greening projects in association with the Work for the Dole project
      would not only create a positive impact on the appearance on the town, but also
      provide ongoing environmental benefits.           A structured approach to waste
      management including litter control, hard refuse and management of the dump is
      required.

         Strategies
         Investigate options for water storage and recycling
         Investigate alternative technologies for power supplies
         Expand existing waste collection services that encourages separation and
          recycling of waste
         Disseminate information to the community on environment initiatives and
          standards
         Build a Miners Memorial.




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                  ISSUE                                          ACTION                                AGENCY                  TIMEFRAME
                                                                                                    RESPONSIBILITY
Seek OACDT to conduct an infrastructure     Approach OACDT and Transport SA regarding             Transport SA              December 2009
audit to examine roads, footpaths, water    Infrastructure audit.                                 SA Water
supply
Lobby key agencies and government           Arrange meeting of key Government agencies on         Progress Association      First meeting by
bodies to ensure infrastructure is          regular basis.                                                                  June 2009-03-02
maintained.
Investigate alternative power supplies      Invite Energy SA to progress meeting to discuss       Progress Association      December 2009
                                            alternative power supplies
Town Hall requires upgrading                Concept plan completed, quotes obtained. Funding      OACDT                     Work on
                                            to be sourced for the upgrading of the Town Hall      Iron Knob Progress        Community Hall to
                                            and Hall Committee formed to ensure it is utilised                              commence by June
                                            more regularly. Possible funding sources OACDT,                                 2010.
                                            Community Benefits, Commonwealth Govt.
Investigate options for water storage and   Working party formed to look at water storage and     Iron Knob Progress        December 2009
recycling                                   recycling
Develop walking trails linked to areas of   Tourism walking trail designed, funding sourced,      Iron Knob Progress        December 2010
local flora and fauna significance          trail constructed,                                    SA Tourism
Improve town entrances and public space     Invite planning Sa to a progress meeting to discuss   Planning SA               Invite by December
areas through appropriate landscaping       “ Open Space funding”                                 OACDT                     2009
                                            Apply for funding.                                    Iron Knob Progress
Mens Shed Development                       Investigate feasibility of Mens Shed to develop       OACDT                     Concept plan by
                                            programs and utilise within the town.                 IKPA.                     September 2009
Heritage buildings require restoration      Register of Heritage Buildings to be established      IKPA                      Dec 2009
                                                                                                  Heritage Dept.
Disseminate information to the community    4 Articles included in local newsletter each year     IKPA                      First article by July
on environment initiatives and standards                                                                                    2009
Removal of vehicle wrecks                   Progress to develop policy on the storage of          IKPA.                     June 2009
                                            vehicle wrecks on premises. Contractor to be          EPA
                                            approached regarding the removal of these wrecks      OACDT
                                            from dump and homes.
Management / recycling/waste                Waste management plan to be completed and             Town Maintenance          September 2009.
management plan                             implemented within the town                           worker.
                                                                                                  OACDT Infrastructure
                                                                                                  Manager.
                                                                                                  IKPA. EPA.

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GOAL 4: Increase Economic Development Opportuntiies for our Town

4.1   Maximise the town’s mining history to increase the benefits of tourism
      Iron Knob is regarded as the birthplace of the Australian Steel Industry and is widely
      recognised as the first iron ore mine in Australia. However its significance in the
      development of this State and the Upper Spencer Gulf region is not widely known or
      appreciated. This in itself is a challenge for the Iron Knob community, in not only
      increasing its profile but also maximising the economic opportunities this history could
      create.

      Tours of the mine are conducted by volunteers, between 9am-3pm weekdays and take
      between 1 and 1 ½ hours, followed by a 7 minute video and an inspection of a pictorial
      display of the history of the town.

      The visitor information centre sells ironstone jewellery ranging from worry beads to
      expensive necklaces. There is also the Iron Knob Shell and Mineral Display, which
      has over 2100 mineral specimens.

      To be successful Iron Knob must capitalise on its market differentiation and develop a
      common branding and marketing approach.

       Strategies
       Liaise with Eyre Regional Tourism Association to ensure tourism strategy is linked
        in with regional tourism plan.
       Promote the incorporation of Iron Knob into tourism packages involving Whyalla
        and Port Augusta
       Improve tourism signage in the town, including the establishment of an Information
        Bay
       Increase promotion and continue to develop ‘mine tour’
       Support the construction of a miners memorial
       Investigate options to recognise the significance of the pastoral industry to Iron
        Knob.
       Promote Iron Knob as the eastern access point to the Gawler Ranges
       Encourage eco-tourism opportunities associated with the Gawler Ranges

4.2   Encourage business expansion that will positively impact on the town’s
      population
      There has been a gradual decline in the provision of retail and business services since
      the closure of the mine. This has seen the town lose its general store, newsagency
      and post office and there is concern the hotel will soon cease trading.

      The Association is seeking to move the Post office to another location so that they can
      utilise the existing premises as a retail outlet.

      The current Rural Transaction Centre will house the Licensed Post Office and
      provides a range of services including Centrelink and job seeking services, internet
      and e-mail access, financial and banking services and other social, business and
      community services.

      Iron Knob offers basic facilities for the traveller and its hopes to further establish a
      caravan and camping ground.


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The success of the ‘Blue Light Camp’ ERRAPPA may provide an opportunity for local
business to expand retail services through the establishment of supply agreements.
To the north west of Iron Knob is the Gawler Ranges wilderness. Promoting Iron Knob
as the eastern access point to the Gawler Ranges for 4WD users should be further
investigated and they currently have a promotional agreement with Mt Ive station.

 Strategies
 Relocate Post office to old Police station premises and convert Post office to
  Retail/ Takeaway outlet
 Pro-actively support the relocation of the Post Office in Iron Knob
 Continue to develop the range of business services offered through the Progress
  Association (Post Office, Rural Transaction Centre, Visitor
 Information Centre etc) in consultation with the community
 Continue to encourage and support the expansion of retail services in the town.
 Implement the establishment of a Community park, caravan park and camping
  ground in the town
 Provide high quality marketing material to existing web sites promoting the town
  and update our own website on a regular basis.




           Relocation of the Iron Knob Post Office is being considered.




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            ISSUE                                        ACTION                      RESPONSIBILITY     TIMEFRAME
Implement the establishment of a        Concept plan completed for project             Iron Knob       Providers to be
Community park, caravan park and        Funding to be sourced                          Progress        approached by
camping ground in the town.             Volunteers and materials utilised to           Association     June 2009
                                        complete project.
Relocate Post office to old Police      Business plan to be developed outlining        IKPA            Business plan
station premises and convert Post       strategies and costings for this to occur.     OACDT           developed by June
office to Retail/ Takeaway outlet.      Awaiting valuation of Police station                           2008
                                        premises.
Continue to develop the range of        Business plan to be developed on the           Iron Knob       Plan completed by
business services offered through       feasibility of improved retail services        Progress        April 2009
the Progress Association Continue       within the town including use of currently     Association
to encourage and support the            rural transaction Centre facilities.
expansion of retail services in the
town.
Liaise with Eyre Regional Tourism       Invite Eyre peninsula and WEDB Tourism         OACDT.          First meeting by
Association to ensure tourism           officers to progress meeting and town on       Iron Knob       Dec 2009
strategy is linked in with regional     a yearly basis to discuss services.            Progress
tourism plan.                                                                          Association
Promote the incorporation of Iron       Invite Wadlata and Whyalla tourism             Iron Knob       June 2009
Knob into tourism packages              officers to Iron knob on a yearly basis to     Progress
involving Whyalla and Port Augusta.     discuss services.                              Association

Improve tourism signage in the          WEDB Tourism Officer approached to             Iron Knob       June 2009
town, including the establishment of    source funding for information bay.            Progress
an Information Bay.                                                                    Association

Increase promotion and continue to      Representatives from Tourism SA to be          Tourism SA.     June 2009
develop ‘mine tour’.                    approached to attend Progress meeting          Iron Knob
                                        and discuss how Tourism can be                 Progress
                                        improved.                                      Association
Investigate options to recognise the    Gawler Ranges Progress Association             Iron Knob       June 2009
significance of the pastoral industry   invited to iron Knob to discuss possible       Progress
to Iron Knob.                           linkages.                                      Association
                                                                                       OACDT .
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                                                                                                   Iron Knob Community Plan 2009 – 2012

              ISSUE                                 ACTION                        RESPONSIBILITY     TIMEFRAME
Pro-actively support the relocation   Business plan to be completed for             Iron Knob       June 2009.
of the Post Office in Iron Knob.      implementation of project with costings       Progress
                                      attached.                                     Association.
                                                                                    OACDT
More Community events required.       Progress to co-ordinate 1-2 extra events      Iron Knob       List of ideas for
                                      for the town per year. Steering               Progress        new events
                                      Committee to be formed.                       Association.    developed by May
                                                                                                    2009
New computers required.               Investigate possible grant sources to         Iron Knob       August 2009
                                      cover the costs of new computers within       Progress
                                      the RTC.                                      Association
Training for Community members.       Investigate training needs of the             OACDT,          June 2009
                                      Community through a Training needs            DFEEST
                                      analysis and approach possible funders        Progress
                                      regarding training costs.                     Association
Support the construction of a         Source sponsors and utilise volunteers to     Progress        Project completed
Miners Memorial.                      complete the project.                         Association     by December 2009

Provide high quality marketing        Appoint officer to update website on          Progress        Ongoing
material to existing web sites        regular basis with use of executive           Association
promoting the town and update our     support funds.
own website on a regular basis.




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6.      IMPLEMENTATION
The Progress Association will continue to play an important role in the facilitation,
implementation and monitoring of the actions that arise from the Community plan 2009-2012.
It is important that the actions are discussed and are an agenda items at all Iron Knob
Progress Association meetings.

Many of the Key Strategies in this Plan could also qualify for external funding under State
and Commonwealth programs including, for example:

   Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program (Office for Recreation and Sport)
   Active Club Program (Office for Recreation and Sport)
   Move It Program (Office for Recreation and Sport)
   Tourism Development Fund (SA Tourism Commission)
   Community Benefits SA
   FRRR grants
   Volunteer Support Grants

The Iron Knob Progress Association Inc. will have to work closely and effectively with many
State, Commonwealth Government Departments and community organisations to achieve
the goals outlined in the plan. The agencies that are responsible for various issues raised in
the plan include:

   Outback Areas Community Development            Whyalla Economic Development Board
    Trust                                          SAPOL
   Zero Waste                                     Regional Health Service
   DFEEST- SA Works                               EPA
   Jobnetwork providers- Ask Employment           SA Housing Trust
   Transport SA                                   Eyre Peninsula Tourism
   History Trust                                  Tourism SA
   Dept of Health                                 Heritage Department
   Natural Resource Management Board              ETSA Utilities


It remains vital that there is community support to assist the Progress Association to achieve
the Strategies and Actions outlined within this Community plan and from the Government
agencies and Community organisations listed.




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