Regional Council of Goyder
|Regional Council of Goyder
Location of the Regional Council of Goyder
|• Density||0.63775/km2 (1.65177/sq mi)|
|Area||6,718.9 km2 (2,594.2 sq mi)|
The Regional Council of Goyder is a local government area located in the Mid North region of South Australia. The district is reliant on agriculture as a mainstay of its economy, with manufacturing and tourism also becoming prominent.
The region has a prominent history, as it encompasses the former District Councils of Burra Burra, which in 1851 had a reported population of 5,000 making it the seventh largest town in Australia and the largest inland settlement. Mining features prominently in the district's history, particularly the mining of copper.
The district was originally governed by four independent councils, the District Councils of Burra Burra (formerly the Corporation of the Town of Burra and the Burra District Council), Eudunda, Hallet and Robertstown, all of which were established around the same time in which the copper deposits were mined heavily.
The councils were amalgamated in 1997 to form the current council area.
The council logo consists of four hills, symbolising the four former amalgamated district councils, and also depict the ranges in the area. The symbols represent various aspects of the area :
- Sheep – studs, wool and meat industry;
- Mining – buildings – Burra mining history;
- Wheat – cereal crops;
- Windmill – pastoral areas and engineering works in the area.
In the past, the district was heavily reliant on mining industries as the integral part of its economy, but since the mines shut down many years ago, agriculture has become the prevailing industry.
Agriculture in the Goyder region is primarily associated with cereal crops, such as wheat and barley, as well as sheep grazing for merino wool. Dairy and beef cattle,piggeries, and chicken farms also play a minor part in the economic structure of the region.
The largest town and council seat of the district is Burra, with a number of smaller towns and geographic localities in the district. The full list is:
Aberdeen, Apoinga, Australia Plains, Baldina, Baldry, Booborowie, Bower, Brady Creek, Braemar (Station), Bright, Brownlow, Buchanan, Bundey, Burra, Burra Eastern Districts, Burra North, Canowie, Canowie Belt, Collinsville, Copperhouse, Emu Downs, Eudunda, Farrell Flat, Franklyn, Frankton, Geranium Plains, Gum Creek, Hallelujah Hills, Hallet, Hampden, Hanson, Julia, Ketchowla, Koonoona, Kooringa, Leighton, Mallet (Reservoir), Mongolata, Mount Bryan, Neales Flat, Neath Vale, Ngapala, North Booborwie, Pandappa, Peep Hill, Point Pass, Porter Lagoon, Robertstown, Rocky Plain, Sutherlands, Terowie, Thistle Beds, Tracy, Ulooloo, Whyte-Yarcowie, Willalo, Worlds End, Worlds End Creek, Yarcowie and Yongala Vale.
Mayor: Peter Mattey
CEO: Mr J.P. Brak
Dunn, Peter – Councillor Ward: Eudunda
Gill, Adrian – Councillor Ward: Burra
Kellock, Jane – Deputy Mayor Ward: Burra
Mattey, Peter – Mayor Ward: Hallett
Neal, John – Councillor Ward: Robertstown
Partington, Judy – Councillor Ward: Eudunda
Venning, Darryl – Councillor Ward: Burra
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 4 June 2010.
- Regional Council of Goyder, Council, retrieved 2007-06-03
- Planning SA, Development Plan for RC of Goyder, retrieved 2007-05-30
- LGA of South Australia, RC of Goyder, retrieved 2007-05-30