Television Arrived

Demise of the Drive-In

1981 Lucas’s Supermarket and Coober Pedy Plaza destroyed by fire on the same night in October

1982 The new Hospital was opened

1983 TAFE Coober Pedy Campus commences in old Lutheran Church Hall

1984 Opening of St Johns Ambulance Centre at back of old hospital

Fire in the Stone filmed

1985 Mains water available from Reverse Osmosis Plant

1986 Breakaways Reserve declared a National Park

1987 Completion of sealing of Stuart Highway

 Ron & Jenny Gough opened the Old Timers Mine tourist enterprise

 Local government change. Council replaces Progress Association. Eric Malliotis first mayor

1988 Desert Cave Complex opened

1989 Newly built District Council Chambers opened

  Stuart Range Caravan Park opened

  Court House built


1990  Wind Turbine Commissioned

     Fire Station opened

1992  New swimming pool opened

    Ampol/Coach depot built

   Centrelink opened

1994  Priscilla Queen of the Desert filmed

1995  St Elijahs Serbian Orthodox Church consecrated

    New TAFE building opened

    Westpac new premises opened

1996  Comfort Inn Experience Motel opened

    New Police station opened

1997  Dusty Radio launched

   Desert Drive-in opened

1998 Town Oval is opened

1999  Hutchison Street kerbed


2001 Volunteers take over Drive-In

    Umoona Aboriginal Aged Care facility opened

2002  New Ambulance Centre opened

2009  Oxiana’s copper/gold/silver mine at Prominent Hill, went into production


2010  IMX iron ore mine at Cairn Hill officially opened

     New Airport Terminal opened

2011  Arrium’s haematite mine at Peculiar Knob commences production

    Carters IGA buy out Lucas’s Supermarket

2013   Drug and Alcohol Centre opened

2015  Coober Pedy celebrates 100 years

2017   Miners Store Complex ceases trading. Bought  by Carters Retail. The Complex  consists

      of the Post Office, Hardware Store, Celebrations Bottle Shop and Pharmacy

      EDL renewable Hybrid Power Supply is commissioned

      CU River Mining take over Cairn Hill holding