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					       IRON KNOB

    COMMUNITY PLAN



         Prepared by:
Collins Anderson Management
    Telephone: 8212 5188
     Facsimile: 8212 5288
 www.collinsanderson.com.au


       October 2002
IRON KNOB COMMUNITY PLAN




                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS

1       INTRODUCTION........................................................................................................ 3
2       VISION ......................................................................................................................... 5
3       MISSION...................................................................................................................... 6
4     KEY ISSUES ................................................................................................................ 7
    4.1 COMMUNITY.................................................................................................. 8
    4.2 ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE ................................................. 9
    4.3 ECONOMIC .................................................................................................... 9
5       KEY GOALS AND OJECTIVES.............................................................................. 10
6       KEY STRATEGIES................................................................................................... 17
7       IMPLEMENTATION................................................................................................ 24
8       IMPLEMENTATION TABLE.................................................................................. 25
9       COMMUNITY MEETING NOTES.......................................................................... 33
10      REFERENCES........................................................................................................... 40




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1 INTRODUCTION
Iron Knob 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.




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    Currently the town of Iron Knob is serviced by:

•     Service Station and Motel
•     Hotel
•     A Health Clinic
•     Visitor Information/Tourist Centre
•     A Licensed Australia Post Office


Collins Anderson Management was commissioned by OACDT and Northern Regional
Development Board (NRDB) to write a community plan for Iron Knob to assist with a
defined future for the town including clear goals, objectives and strategies.

This plan highlights what strategies are required for the town to continue to move
forward. Increased revenue capacity, maintaining infrastructure, creating economic
development opportunities, and preserving the areas environment are issues that have
been specifically identified by the community and subsequently addressed in this plan.




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2 VISION




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




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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.




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4 KEY ISSUES
As alluded to in the introduction, Iron Knob was a “company town” once administered
and serviced by the “Big Australian” BHP. Therefore most of the town’s infrastructure
and recreational and sporting facilities were provided and maintained by BHP. For
example, in 1943 BHP constructed a swimming pool holding some 120,000 gallons of
seawater carted from Whyalla. The water was later changed to fresh water, delivered
in 9,000gallon rail tanks with the ore train from Whyalla, until 1963 when a branch of
the Morgan to Whyalla pipeline was extended to Iron Knob. The pool is now in disrepair,
with the existing water subsidy currently provided by BHP’s subsidiary, One Steel Pty
Ltd to cease in 2004. The community is also faced with the daunting task of
maintaining and funding, not just the pool, but also other 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 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 recently taken
over the licence of the postal agency. They are also in the process of seeking to secure
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:


4.1 Community
4.1.1   Good volunteer network, but new people not encouraged to join in

4.1.2   Need to review town governance

4.1.3   Loss of management / administration expertise / skills

4.1.4   Need to improve skills in developing and accessing grant funding opportunities

4.1.5   Population decline

4.1.6   Loss of education services

4.1.7   Aging population

4.1.8   Loss of public transport service

4.1.9   Divided community

4.1.10 Perceived lack of recognition by Governments

4.1.11 No police presence

4.1.12 Swimming pool closed

4.1.13 Negative outlook – Community apathy

4.1.14 Lack of funds for town management

4.1.15 Medical centre not open often enough

4.1.16 Limited aged care services

4.1.17 Nothing for youth to do




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4.2 Environment and Infrastructure
4.2.1   Need to improve / maintain walking trails

4.2.2 Wildlife roaming freely around town

4.2.3 Unsightly premises, old vehicles etc.

4.2.4 Lack of maintenance on community buildings

4.2.5 Need to improve town entrances

4.2.6 Opportunity to increase murals – artist in residence

4.2.7 Churches deteriorating

4.2.8 Town infrastructure is declining

4.2.9 Water subsidy to cease in 2004 – threat to maintaining facilities / town

        beautification etc. Need to investigate recycling options

4.2.10 Limited recycling of green and household waste




4.3 Economic
4.3.1   Need to encourage more travellers to stop and visit town

4.3.2 Lack of signage at entrance to town

4.3.3 Need to effectively promote and market mine tours

4.3.4 Loss of retail services – empty shops / buildings

4.3.5 Need to build on success of Errappa Camp

4.3.6 Closure of main industry has reduced employment opportunities

4.3.7 Visitor Centre not easy to find

4.3.8 Perceived lack of interest from Governments

4.3.9 Need overall plan for future development of town centre, incorporating Rural

        Transaction Centre, post office etc.

4.3.10 Insufficient tourist accommodation available

4.3.11 Lack of banking services available




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5 KEY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Goal 1        A united approach in the management and
              delivery of town services

1.1 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.



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.




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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.




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Goal 2        Increase community and social services

2.1 Increase access to health services

Medical services are provided through the town’s medical centre, which is open only on
Wednesdays and staffed by personnel from the regional health service based in
Whyalla.

Domiciliary care is provided on a fortnightly basis, again serviced from Whyalla and
supplemented by local involvement and support. Other than domiciliary care and local
community support there are no other aged care services.



2.2 Improve transport services

A bus service is provided to transport children to and from Whyalla for school. There
is no public transport service and therefore residence that need to access services in
either Whyalla or Port Augusta must find their own means of transportation. There
would appear to be community demand for transport services to Whyalla.



2.3 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 swimming pool is closed and in need of repair and community buildings are starting
to deteriorate. The town oval is no longer utilised for any sporting or recreational
activity.

There appears to be no organised approach to improving recreational or social choices
and therefore very few social activities occur in the town.




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Goal 3        Improve and promote our natural and built
              environment

3.1 Maintain and improve our infrastructure

The current state of some town roads and footpaths is poor and the airstrip is in
urgent need of repair. 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 be
undertaken, their condition will rapidly deteriorate.

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



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.

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.




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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. This arrangement is due to cease in the very near
future and unless new arrangements are put in place, the cost to the community in
maintaining these facilities will be prohibitive. Options to capture and store water run-
off 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.




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Goal 4        Increase economic development opportunities
              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.

There is a strong community desire to develop a mine museum, however efforts to date
have stalled due to a lack of funding and expertise.

Plans are also in place to develop a miner’s memorial, attached to the privately operated
Art Gallery.

Tours of the mine are conducted by volunteers, twice daily and Sunday afternoons 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.



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 roadhouse has endeavoured to provide additional services to meet the needs of the
community and the Progress Association has recently taken over the licence of the
postal agency.

The Association is seeking to secure Commonwealth Government funds to establish a
Rural Transaction Centre for Iron Knob.


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It is envisaged that the Rural Transaction Centre will house the Licensed Post Office
and provide 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. The town’s only accommodation is
the Motel located next the roadhouse. The closes caravan park and camping ground is
at Pandurra Station located between Iron Knob and Port Augusta.

It has been suggested that the area’s flora, ie sandalwood and quandongs could be
utilised for economic gain and could be further investigated.

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.




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6 KEY STRATEGIES
Goal 1         A united approach in the management and
               delivery of town services

1.1 Increase the role of the Iron Knob Progress Association

       Strategies

       1.1.1   Review the role of the Iron Knob Progress Association on behalf of the
               community

       1.1.2   Represent the interests of Iron Knob at appropriate regional, State and
               Federal forums

       1.1.3   Investigate the relocation of the Progress Association as part of the
               Rural Transaction Centre

       1.1.4   Host an Outback Areas Forum, incorporating all outback communities

       1.1.5   Establish links with other outback communities Progress Associations and
               Committees

       1.1.6   Facilitate the development of leadership and town management skills for
               Progress Association members and the wider community

       1.1.7   Investigate the establishment of an ‘Outback Areas’ newspaper

       1.1.8   Develop a web site for Iron Knob

       1.1.9   Strengthen existing relationships with the Whyalla City Council through
               regular meetings



1.2 Ensure community involvement and commitment in the
    management of the town

       Strategies

       1.2.1   Encourage wide community involvement in the implementation of the
               Community Plan

       1.2.2   Regularly promote the successes of the community through community
               newsletter and regional media


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       1.2.3   Establish mechanisms including community forums and social events to
               ensure inter community communication and cooperation



       1.2.4   Actively involve the youth of the town in specific implementation of the
               Community Plan

       1.2.5   Conduct a community skills audit

       1.2.6   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

       Strategies

       1.3.1   Identify all possible sources of regional, State and Federal funding
               available to the Iron Knob community.

       1.3.2   Seek the assistance of OACDT, NRDB and WEDB in the development of
               funding applications

       1.3.3   Facilitate training for Progress Association Members in the preparation
               of grant submissions

       1.3.4   Establish with One Steel possible corporate sponsorship for projects
               identified in the Community Plan

       1.3.5   Review with One Steel existing water subsidy arrangements




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Goal 2         Increase community and social services

2.1 Increase access to health services

       Strategies

       2.1.1   Lobby to expand the hours of operation of the Medical Centre

       2.1.2   Increase domiciliary care provision, through local involvement

       2.1.3   Lobby for the provision of health services as identified in community
               survey



2.2 Improve transport services

       2.2.1   Identify the extent of service required

       2.2.2 Investigate the utilisation of existing public transport services, including
             the school bus service to provide transport for the people



2.3 Increase social and recreational activities

       2.3.1   Identify recreational and social needs of the community

       2.3.2 Identify youth needs and make representation to relevant agencies

       2.3.3 Facilitate the establishment of annual festival linked to the towns history

       2.3.4 Investigate the upgrade of the local oval for sporting and recreational
             activities




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Goal 3         Improve and promote our built and natural
               environment

3.1 Maintain and improve our support infrastructure

       Strategies

       3.1.1   Seek OACDT to conduct an infrastructure audit to examine roads,
               footpaths, airstrip, water supply and power supply

       3.1.2   Develop a plan to maintain and upgrade town roads and footpaths

       3.1.3   Investigate the feasibility of upgrading the airstrip

       3.1.4   Lobby key agencies and government bodies to ensure infrastructure is
               maintained



3.2 Enhance the appeal of the town
       Strategies

       3.2.1   Develop walking trails link to areas of local flora and fauna significance

       3.2.2 Prepare a local heritage list for selected building and other areas and
             features of local significance

       3.2.3 Encourage local community groups in the maintenance of heritage items
             and features of interest

       3.2.4 Develop a master plan for the re-development of the town centre that
             incorporate the establishment of the Rural Transaction Centre

       3.2.5 Improve town entrances and public space areas through appropriate
             landscaping

       3.2.6 Implement a program to remove old vehicle wrecks and improve the
             general tidiness of the town




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3.3 Increase  environmental                       awareness          within      the
    community

       Strategies

       3.3.1   Investigate options for water storage and recycling

       3.3.2 Investigate alternative technologies for power supplies

       3.3.3 Expand existing waste collection services that encourages separation and
             recycling of waste

       3.3.4 Promote awareness programs that encourage waste minimisation

       3.3.5 Encourage volunteer involvement in the conservation and protection of our
             natural environment

       3.3.6 Disseminate information to the community on environment initiatives and
             standards

       3.3.7 Develop a Management Plan for the Dump that reduces litter




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Goal 4         Increase economic development opportunities
               for our town

4.1 Maximise the town’s mining and Pastoral history to
    increase the benefits of tourism

       Strategies

       4.1.1   Develop a tourism strategy with an emphasis on the towns mining history

       4.1.2   Liaise with Eyre Regional Tourism Association to ensure tourism strategy
               is linked in with regional tourism plan.

       4.1.3   Promote the incorporation of Iron Knob into tourism packages involving
               Whyalla and Port Augusta

       4.1.4   Improve tourism signage in the town, including the establishment of an
               Information Bay

       4.1.5   Develop a local marketing brand linked to the towns mining and Pastoral
               history

       4.1.6   Increase promotion and continue to develop ‘mine tour’

       4.1.7   Actively investigate the development of a mining museum in association
               with One Steel and other key stakeholders

       4.1.8   Support the construction of a miners memorial

       4.1.9   Investigate options to recognise the significance of the pastoral industry
               to Iron Knob

       4.1.10 Establish direct contact with tourism operators servicing the area and
              seek to have Iron Knob included within their itinerary




                                      Blue Light Camp, ERRAPPA

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4.2 Encourage business expansion                       that     will   positively
    impact on the town’s population

       Strategies

       4.2.1   Pro-actively support the establishment of the Rural Transaction Centre
               for Iron Knob

       4.2.2 Actively lobby the Commonwealth Government and relevant agencies for
             funding to establish the Rural Transaction Centre

       4.2.3 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

       4.2.4 Continue to encourage and support the expansion of retail services
             offered by the Roadhouse

       4.2.5 Investigate the establishment of a caravan park and camping ground

       4.2.6 Investigate the utilisation of our natural flora and fauna for economic
             benefit, including harvesting of sandalwood and quandongs and
             establishment of a fauna park

       4.2.7 Promote Iron Knob as the eastern access point to the Gawler Ranges

       4.2.8 Encourage eco-tourism opportunities associated with the Gawler Ranges

       4.2.9 Provide high quality marketing material to existing web sites promoting
             the town




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7 IMPLEMENTATION

It is imperative that there is community and regional agency support to assist the Iron
Knob Progress Association to achieve the strategies outlined in this Community Plan.

The Community Development Officer, employed by the Outback Areas Community
Development Trust is available to assist the Progress Association in the implementation
of their Plan. Likewise the utilisation of expertise from the Northern Regional
Development Board, Whyalla Economic Development Board and to a lesser degree the
Whyalla City Council should be actively pursued where appropriate.

It is clear that many of the strategies in this Plan would qualify for external funding
under Commonwealth and State programs including:

 •   Regional Solutions Program - Commonwealth
 •   Regional Assistance Program - Commonwealth
 •   Regional Tourism Fund - South Australian Tourism Commission
•    Joint funding from operating Departments including, Primary Industries and
     Resources SA (PIRSA), Department of Education, Training and Employment and
     Outback Areas Community Development Trust
•    Working Towns – Northern Regional Development Board
 •   Family and Community Services - Commonwealth
•    Regional Infrastructure Fund - via Northern Regional Development Board
 •   Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
 •   Community Benefit SA
•    Adult Community Education, Regional Development - Department of Education,
     Training and Employment

It is important that a close working relationship be established with funding providers.

This Plan should be updated on a regular basis and strategies modified as
implementation occurs.

Information in this Plan will be incorporated as part of a whole of "Outback" Plan for
the Outback Areas Community Development Trust.

The following Implementation Table has been prepared as a guide for the
implementation of strategies identified in the plan. Each strategy has been a priority
and timing and responsibility for the implementation allocated, including external
agencies. Those strategies that have been designated as of a high priority are to be
implemented within the first three years of the plan.




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8 IMPLEMENTATION TABLE
IKPA – Iron Knob Progress Association         OACDT – Outback Areas Community Development Trust       ORA – Office of Regional Affairs
NRDB – Northern Regional Development Board    WRHS – Whyalla Regional Health Service                  WCW – Whyalla City Council
WEDB – Whyalla                                RSR – Department for Recreation, Sport & Racing         EPA - Environmental Protection Agency
SATC – South Australian Tourist Commission    ERTA – Eyre Regional Tourism Association

     No                                 Description                           Priority                  Year                      Resp
                                                                               (1-3)     1        2      3       4      5        Agency
 Goal 1           A united approach in the management and
                  delivery of town services
    1.1           Increase the role of the Iron Knob Progress
                  Association
   1.1.1          Review the role of the Iron Knob Progress Association on
                                                                                 1                                                 IKPA
                  behalf of the community
   1.1.2          Represent the interests of Iron Knob at appropriate
                                                                                 1                                            IKPA / OACDT
                  regional, State and Federal forums
   1.1.3          Investigate the relocation of the Progress Association as
                                                                                 1                                                 IKPA
                  part of the Rural Transaction Centre
   1.1.4          Host an Outback Areas Forum, incorporating all outback
                                                                                 2                                            IKPA / OACDT
                  communities
   1.1.5          Establish links with other outback communities Progress
                                                                                 2                                                OACDT
                  Associations and Committees
   1.1.6          Facilitate the development of leadership and town
                  management skills for Progress Association members and
                  the wider community




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     No                                 Description                          Priority           Year              Resp
                                                                              (1-3)     1   2    3     4   5     Agency
   1.1.7          Investigate the establishment of an ‘Outback Areas’                                          IKPA / OACDT
                                                                                1
                  newspaper                                                                                    / NRDB / ORA

   1.1.8          Develop a web site for Iron Knob                              3                                 OACDT

   1.1.9          Strengthen existing relationships with the Whyalla City
                                                                                1                                  IKPA
                  Council through regular meetings

     1.2          Ensure community involvement and commitment in
                  implementing the Community Plan
     1.2.1        Encourage wide community involvement in the
                                                                                1                                  IKPA
                  implementation of the Community Plan
    1.2.2         Regularly promote the successes of the community
                                                                                2                                  IKPA
                  through community newsletter and regional media
    1.2.3         Establish mechanisms including community forums and
                  social events to ensure inter communication and               1                                  IKPA
                  cooperation
    1.2.4         Actively involve the youth of the town in specific
                                                                                1                                  IKPA
                  implementation of the Community Plan
    1.2.5         Conduct a community skills audit                              2                              IKPA / NRDB

    1.2.6         Ensure the community is well informed on services
                  provision issues and their need to contribute to the          1                                  IKPA
                  provision of those services




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     No                                 Description                         Priority           Year              Resp
                                                                             (1-3)     1   2    3     4   5     Agency
     1.3          Actively increase the amount of external funding
                  available to the community
     1.3.1        Identify all possible sources of regional, State and                                        IKPA / OACDT
                                                                               1
                  Federal funding available to the Iron Knob community                                           / NRDB

    1.3.2         Seek the assistance of OACDT, NRDB and WEDB in the
                                                                               1                                  IKPA
                  development of funding applications
    1.3.3         Facilitate training for Progress Association Members in
                                                                               2                              OACDT / NRDB
                  the preparation of grant submissions
    1.3.4         Establish with One Steel possible corporate sponsorship
                                                                               2                                  IKPA
                  for projects identified in the Community Plan
    1.3.5         Review with One Steel existing water subsidy
                                                                               2                              IKPA / OACDT
                  arrangements




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     No                                  Description                            Priority           Year              Resp
                                                                                 (1-3)     1   2    3     4   5     Agency
 Goal 2           Increase community and social services

     2.1          Increase access to health services

     2.1.1        Lobby to expand the hours of operation of the Medical
                                                                                   1                              IKPA / WRHS
                  Centre
    2.1.2         Increase domiciliary care provision, through local                                              IKPA / OACDT
                                                                                   1
                  involvement                                                                                        / WRHS

    2.1.3         Lobby for the provision of health services as identified in
                                                                                   1                              IKPA / OACDT
                  community survey
     2.2          Improve transport services

    2.2.1         Identify the extent of services required                                                        IKPA / WEDB /
                                                                                   1
                                                                                                                      OACDT

    2.2.2         Investigate the utilisation of existing public transport
                                                                                                                  IKPA / WEDB /
                  services, including the school bus service to provide            1
                                                                                                                      OACDT
                  transport for the people
     2.3          Increase Social and Recreational Activities

    2.3.1         Identify recreational and social needs of the community          2                                  IKPA

    2.3.3         Facilitate the establishment of annual festival linked to
                                                                                   2                              IKPA / OACDT
                  the towns history
    2.3.4         Investigate the upgrade of the local oval for sporting and
                                                                                   3                               IKPA / RSR
                  recreational activities




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     No                                  Description                              Priority           Year              Resp
                                                                                   (1-3)     1   2    3     4   5     Agency
 Goal 3           Improve and promote our built and natural
                  environment
     3.1          Maintain and improve our support infrastructure

     3.1.1        Seek OACDT to conduct an infrastructure audit to
                                                                                                                    IKPA / OACDT
                  examine roads, footpaths, airstrip, water supply and               1
                                                                                                                       / NRDB
                  power supply
    3.1.2         Develop a plan to maintain and upgrade town roads and
                                                                                     2                              IKPA / OACDT
                  footpaths
    3.1.3         Investigate the feasibility of upgrading the airstrip              3                              IKPA / OACDT

    3.1.4         Lobby key agencies and government bodies to ensure
                                                                                     1                              IKPA / OACDT
                  infrastructure is maintained
     3.2          Enhance the appeal of the town

    3.2.1         Develop walking trials link to areas of local flora and fauna
                                                                                     2                                  IKPA
                  significance
    3.2.2         Prepare a local heritage list for selected building and
                                                                                     2                              IKPA / OACDT
                  other areas and features of local significance
    3.2.3         Encourage local community groups in the maintenance of
                                                                                     3                                  IKPA
                  heritage items and features of interest
    3.2.4         Develop a master plan for the re-development of the town
                  centre that incorporate the establishment of the Rural             1                              IKPA / OACDT
                  Transaction Centre




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     No                                Description                        Priority           Year              Resp
                                                                           (1-3)     1   2    3     4   5     Agency
    3.2.5         Improve town entrances and public space areas through                                         IKPA
                                                                             1
                  appropriate landscaping
    3.2.6         Implement a program to remove old vehicle wrecks and                                      IKPA / OACDT
                                                                             2
                  improve the general tidiness of the town.
     3.3          Increase environmental awareness within the
                  community
    3.3.1         Investigate options for water storage and recycling                                        IKPA / SA
                                                                             1
                                                                                                               Water

    3.3.2         Investigate alternative technologies for power                                            IKPA / OACDT
                                                                             3
                  supplies
    3.3.3         Expand existing waste collection services that                                            IKPA / WCC /
                                                                             1
                  encourages separation and recycling of waste                                                  EPA

    3.3.4         Promote awareness programs that encourage waste                                           IKPA / WCC /
                                                                             2
                  minimisation                                                                                  EPA

    3.3.5         Encourage volunteer involvement in the conservation
                                                                             2                                  IKPA
                  and protection of our natural environment
    3.3.6         Disseminate information to the community on
                                                                             2                               IKPA / EPA
                  environment initiatives and standards
    3.3.7         Develop a Management Plan for the dump that
                                                                             1                               IKPA / EPA
                  reduces litter




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     No                                 Description                            Priority           Year              Resp
                                                                                (1-3)     1   2    3     4   5     Agency
 Goal 4           Increase economic development opportunities
                  for our town
     4.1          Maximise the town’s mining and Pastoral history to
                  increase the benefits of tourism
     4.1.1        Develop a tourism strategy with an emphasis on the towns
                                                                                  1                              IKPA / SATC
                  mining history
    4.1.2         Liaise with Eyre Regional Tourism Association to ensure
                                                                                  1                              IKPA / ERTA
                  tourism strategy is linked in with regional tourism plan
    4.1.3         Promote the incorporation of Iron Knob into tourism
                                                                                  2                              IKPA / ERTA
                  packages involving Whyalla and Port Augusta
    4.1.4         Improve tourism signage in the town, including the                                             IKPA / OACDT
                                                                                  1
                  establishment of an Information Bay                                                               / SATC

    4.1.5         Develop a local marketing brand linked to the towns mining
                                                                                  2                              IKPA / ERTA
                  and Pastoral history
    4.1.6         Increase promotion and continue to develop ‘mine tour’          1                              IKPA / ERTA

    4.1.7         Actively investigate the development of a mining museum                                        IKPA / OACDT
                                                                                  1
                  in association with One Steel and other key stakeholders                                          / SATC

    4.1.8         Support the construction of a miners memorial                   1                                  IKPA

    4.1.9         Investigate options to recognise the significance of the
                                                                                  2                                  IKPA
                  Pastoral industry to Iron Knob
    4.1.10        Establish direct contact with tourism operators servicing
                  the area and seek to have Iron Knob included within their       2                              IKPA / ERTA
                  itinerary



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     No                                 Description                            Priority           Year              Resp
                                                                                (1-3)     1   2    3     4   5     Agency
     4.2          Encourage business expansion that will positively impact
                  on the town’s population
    4.2.1         Pro-actively support the establishment of the Rural
                                                                                  1                              IKPA / WEDB
                  Transaction Centre for Iron Knob
    4.2.2         Actively lobby the Commonwealth Government and
                  relevant agencies for funding to establish the Rural            1                                 WEDB
                  Transaction Centre
    4.2.3         Continue to develop the range of business services
                  offered through the Progress Association (Post Office,                                         IKPA / NRDB /
                                                                                  1
                  Rural Transaction Centre, Visitor Information Centre etc)                                         OACDT
                  in consultation with the community
    4.2.4         Continue to encourage and support the expansion of retail
                                                                                  2                              IKPA / NRDB
                  services offered by the Roadhouse
    4.2.5         Investigate the establishment of a caravan park and
                                                                                  2                              IKPA / NRDB
                  camping ground
    4.2.6         Investigate the utilisation of our natural flora and fauna
                  for economic benefit, including harvesting of sandalwood        3                              IKPA / NRDB
                  and quandongs and establishment of a fauna park
    4.2.7         Promote Iron Knob as the eastern access point to the
                                                                                  2                              IKPA / ERTA
                  Gawler Ranges
    4.2.8         Encourage eco-tourism opportunities associated with the
                                                                                  3                              IKPA / SATC
                  Gawler Ranges
    4.2.9         Provide high quality marketing material to existing web
                                                                                  2                              IKPA / ERTA
                  sites promoting the town




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9 COMMUNITY MEETING NOTES


What makes your town a great place to live?

Relaxed lifestyle                             Sense of freedom
Unique place                                  No pollution
Old fashioned values                          Good community spirit
Good climate                                  Frontier town
Community driven / run                        Good town character
Flora and fauna                               Golf course
Bowling Club                                  Artist in residence
Safe environment                              Nice and quiet
Good roadhouse                                Blue light camp Errappa
Community run post office                     Outback at door step
Good Medical Centre                           Walking tracks – dog safe
Potential for tourism development             Centrally located to Whyalla and
Good volunteers - Helping hand –                  Port Augusta
   look out for each other




What has changed?

Loss of services                              Population decline
Main industry has left                        School and kindy closed
Hotel burnt out and to close                  Swimming pool closed
Loss of General Store                         Loss of transport services
Population getting older                      Decline in retail services
No Policeman in town                          Divided Community
Economic decline                              Community apathy
Lack of funds for town management             Lack of Banking Services
Loss of original post office & newsagency     Lack of employment opportunities
Lack of Administration, Management &
   Resources




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Community Balance Session – Rating 1 to 10

           ITEM                GROUP 1            GROUP 2   Group 2

Infrastructure                    2                  6        6

Community                         7                  5        5
Governance

Community Services                2                  2        4

Natural Environment               1                  7        6

Built Environment                 4                  2        5

Economic                          2                  2        3
Development




                           ISSUE IDENTIFICATION

INFRASTRUCTURE

Positive
• Roads, footpaths
• Plenty of Buildings available for utilisation
• Golf and Bowling Club
• Swimming Pool
• ERRAPPA

Negative
• Lack of maintenance
• No money for maintenance
• Nothing for youth
• No funding for upkeep / maintenance
• Government funding support is minimal




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COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE

Positive
• Community management transport
• Funding
• Conveniences facilities
• Signage
• Tourist Centre
• Hotel
• Aged Care

Negative
• Too few do
• Too much non
• Lack of Government support funding
• Lack of respect by visitors
• Lack of sufficient
• Hard to find
• Closing
• Lack of suitable services



COUNCIL SERVICES

Positive
• Improve revenue base
• Recycling rounds

Negative
• Limited resources – human, financial etc
• Negative look
• Review future governance



NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Positive
• Good scenery / wildlife
• Bushwalking
• Walking trails
• Artist Painting Workshop
• “Dunny” increasing murals
• Range of Dunny Postcards and others



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Negative
• Wildlife can scare people
• Churches deterior
• Mine tours – need improving



COMMUNITY SERVICES

Positive
• Aged Care: Good volunteers – CWA / Domcare
• Youth: Horse and bike riding
• Medical: Great on Wednesday (needs to be extended)
• Volunteers: Good volunteer network running – Post Office, Tourist Centre
   etc


Negative
• Aged Care: Ageing population
• Youth: Limited facilities
• Volunteers: Limited people, lack of encouragement for new people to join



BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Positive
• Swimming Pool – Meeting place
• Bowling Club – encourage social interaction
• Institute
• Churches
• Dump
• Mining – tourism opportunity


Negative
• One Steel funding upgrade
• Insurance
• Loss of subsidies
• Lossing access insurance




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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Positive
• Golf Club - Dinners
• Tourist Centre
•    Bowling Club
•    Post Office – Community Run
•    Roadhouse
•    Pub
•    Museum
•    Retail Opportunity
•    Bingo – better support
•    ERRAPPA – could spend their money if they had somewhere to spend it


Negative
• Museum closing
• Population decline is detrimental to all of the above




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VISION CONCEPTS
•   Maintain infrastructure and services
•   Recognition within wider regional area
•   Vibrant community
•   Light at end of tunnel
•   Remain a community
•   Cohesive community
•   Embraced Tourism
•   Sustainable future including employment and population growth
•   Redevelop the town
•   Tidy town – clean and neat
•   Community transport solutions
•   Create own revenue base
•   Develop skills – economic sustainability
•   Improve infrastructure – walking trails etc



ACTIONS
Infrastructure

•   Investigate alternative power supplies
•   Investigate options for water storage and recycling
•   Seek subsidy for public water usage
•   Undertake an infrastructure audit – Main street program

Community Governance

•    Establish link with other Outback communities
•    Outback communication media
•    Develop website
•    Increase profile of Progress Association
•    Investigate relocation of Progress into RTC project in main street
•    Investigate ways to increase power for community governance peak body
•    Develop protocols with “One Steel” in conjunction with OACDT and other
     Government organisations
•    Market Community Plan to gain recognition

Community Services

•    Need Bus Services to Whyalla – investigate use of School Bus
•    Establish our own Domiciliary Care
•    Investigate postal delivery
•    Establish street address for residents



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Environment Services (Natural and Built)

•  Tidy up town – old wrecks
•  Wider clearance on highway
•  Investigate the use of our Flora and Fauna for economic benefit eg.
  sandalwood and quandongs
• Recycling of green waste, cans, bottles etc
• Increase the awareness of our environment



Environment Services (Natural and Built)

•    Community X-Lotto entry
•    Learn how to access funding opportunities
•    Develop Museum
•    Build a Miners Memorial attached to Art Gallery
•    Establish Rural Transaction Centre
•    Plan and develop town centre
•    Actively attract Tourists / Travellers to stop and stay
•    Investigate Caravan Park / camping ground
•    Develop a Flora / Fauna Park




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10 REFERENCES



‘Looking Back’, A History of Iron Knob written by Ada Casey and Marlene
Cleasby



‘The Knobbies’, written by Reece Edwards



‘South Australian Tourist Commission’ Website



‘Nullabor Net’ Website



‘Walkabout Australian Travel Guide’ Website




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