The mining town of Leigh Creek is gaining a big boost - including a new Country Fire Service brigade.
The initial $522,000 investment will include a fire truck, a rescue set for road crashes and a breathing apparatus compressor, with additional cylinders, breathing apparatuses, radios and clothes coming in subsequent years.
The 2017-18 State Budget also contains substantial other investments for Leigh Creek.
Aroona Dam near the township will be managed through a $2.2 million spend over five years.
The dam was previously managed by Alinta Energy, which has transferred ownership to the State Government with its departure from the town.
The State Government is also supporting the Leigh Creek Motel through a $600,000 commitment over two years from 2016-17. The funding includes initial working capital, along with support for external building refurbishment and other minor upgrades to rooms.
The motel provides important accommodation support for a range of government-supported initiatives designed to assist the future development of the township.
Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said the investment was important for the region.
“This commitment comes on top of a further $1.8 million upgrade to the township,” he said.
“After the departure of Alinta Energy, it’s vital that we continue to support the residents of Leigh Creek and the surrounding regions.”