Alexandrina Council

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Alexandrina Council
South Australia
Alexandrina LGA.png
Location of Alexandrina Council in Australia
Coordinates 35°23′09″S 138°49′24″E / 35.3857°S 138.8232°E / -35.3857; 138.8232Coordinates: 35°23′09″S 138°49′24″E / 35.3857°S 138.8232°E / -35.3857; 138.8232
Population 23,699 (2011)[1]
 • Density 12.972/km2 (33.596/sq mi)
Established 1997
Area 1,827 km2 (705.4 sq mi)
Mayor Keith Parkes [2]
Council seat Goolwa
Region Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island[3]
State electorate(s) Finniss, Hammond
Federal Division(s) Barker, Mayo
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Website Alexandrina Council
LGAs around Alexandrina Council:
City of Onkaparinga District Council of Mount Barker Rural City of Murray Bridge
District Council of Yankalilla Alexandrina Council Rural City of Murray Bridge
City of Victor Harbor The Coorong District Council

Alexandrina Council is a local government area in the Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island region of South Australia.[3] The Alexandrina Council was formed in 1997 by the amalgamation of the District Council of Port Elliot and Goolwa, the District Council of Strathalbyn and a portion of the District Council of Willunga.[4] The district is split into five wards, which represent smaller subdivisions of the district.[5]

The district relies on a diverse range of industries including agriculture, fishing, forestry, viticulture and tourism to supply its economy. Many of the towns encompassed in the council are popular tourist towns not far from Adelaide.

Economy[edit]

The economy of the Alexandrina Council is very diverse, which may be attributed to the great diversity of landscapes within its boundaries, allowing for diverse rural, fishing and tourism industries to occur. The largest part of the economy comes from agriculture, with a wide variety of farming practices including dairy, beef and sheep farming, with areas around Goolwa and Mount Compass prominent in the dairy industry.[6] A number of crops including cereals, as well as lucerne are planted in the district. Langhorne Creek and Currency Creek are well known for their viticulture, producing high quality Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Chardonnay.[7] In the Kuitpo region, forestry is prominent, with large tracts of pine present.[8]

The district borders two bodies of water,[3] Encounter Bay and Lake Alexandrina, which are commercially exploited for a variety of fish and crustaceans. The coast produce shark, mulloway and Australian salmon, as well as huge numbers of Goolwa cockles which are exported all over South Australia. Commercial fishing above the locks has become highly regulated to conserve native fish species but golden perch and Murray cod are still caught, and a number of operators have found markets for the invasive European carp.[9]

The area also has a significant tourism industry, particularly based around the Murray River at Goolwa and the beaches of Port Elliot and Middleton. The Steamranger Cockle Train operates from Goolwa and stops at Port Elliot on the way to Victor Harbor.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2006 census (held on 8 August 2006), there were 20,715 people who were usually resident in Alexandrina Council's bounds: 49.2% were males and 50.8% were females. Of the total population, 1.1% were Indigenous persons.[10]

It was found that 18.2% of the population usually resident in Alexandrina Council were aged between 0–14 years, and 36.2% were persons aged 55 years and over. The median age of persons was 45 years, compared with 37 years for persons in Australia.[10]

In the 2006 census, 76.5% of people stated they were born in Australia, with lower numbers immigrating from a number of countries, with the most prominent being: England 9.4%, Netherlands 0.8%, Germany 0.8%, Scotland 0.8% and New Zealand 0.8%.[10]

The most common responses for religious affiliation for persons usually resident were: No Religion 28.4%, Anglican 15.6%, Uniting Church 14.1%, Catholic 10.4% and Lutheran 4.7%.[10]

Localities[edit]

The main towns and localities within the council are:

Smaller towns and localities covered by the council are:

Angas Plains, Belvidere, Blackfellows Creek, Bletchley, Bull Creek, Dingabledinga, Finniss, Gemmells, Hartley, Highland Valley, Hope Forest, Kuitpo, Kuitpo Colony, Kyeema, Lake Plains, McHarg Creek, Montarra, Mosquito Hill, Mount Jagged, Mount Magnificent, Mount Observation, Mundoo Island, Nangkita, Nurragi, Pages Flat, Paris Creek, Point Sturt, Prospect Hill, Red Creek, Salem, Sandergrove, The Range, Tolderol (part), Tooperang, Willunga Hill, Willyaroo, Woodchester, Yundi.[11]

Councillors[edit]

Ward Councillor Notes
Mayor [2]   Keith Parkes
Nangkita Kuitpo [2]   Grant Gartrell
Angas Bremer [2]   Barry Featherston
  Katherine Stanley-Murray Deputy Mayor
Port Elliot Middleton [2]   Michael Scott
  Madeleine Walker
Strathalbyn [2]   Ben Brazzalotto
  Anne Woolford
Goolwa Hindmarsh Island [2]   Jim Davis
  Karen Lume
  James Stewart
  Frank Tuckwell

Alexandrina Council has a directly-elected mayor.[12]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics from Annual Reports

Report Report
size
(pg)
Area
(ha)
Pop.
(est.)
Assess
-ments
Voters Council
size
Sealed
roads
(km)
Unsealed
roads
(km)
Total
roads
(km)
Staff
F.T.
Staff
P.T.
Staff
Other
Staff
Total
Notes
1998/99 23 167,711 16,000 13,000 14,075 10 361 989 1350 [13]
1999/00 35 167,711 17,300 14,132 18,668 10 424 951 1375 88 8 96 [14]
2000/01 40 167,711 17,535 14,132 18,668 10 424 1000 1424 102 14 116 [15]
2001/02 80 167,711 18,500 14,132 18,688 10 424 951 1375 96 13 19 128 [16]
2002/03 82 167,711 20,318 15,345 20,320 11 482 865 1347 100 18 24 142 [17]
2003/04 107 167,711 21,000 15,675 20,866 11 491 876 1367 107 15 26 148 [18]
2004/05 108 180,000 22,000 16,264 22,127 11 502 866 1368 113 21 22 156 [19]
2005/06 107 180,000 22,000 17,482 22,127 11 502 866 1368 112 27 20 159 [20]
2006/07 105 180,000 20,715 16,671 22,127 11 518 846 1364 109 24 33 166 [21]
2007/08 119 180,000 22,026 17,638 22,127 11 534 820 1354 110 17 56 183 [22]
2008/09 132 180,000 22,350 17,702 24,338 11 528 800 1328 138 29 34 201 [23]
2009/10 131 180,000 23,160 17,702 24,111 11 528 800 1328 118 24 48 190 [24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Alexandrina (DC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Elected Members". Alexandrina Council. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Littley, Bryan (23 January 2002), "Alexandrina Merger Success", The Advertiser, p. 31 
  5. ^ "Council". Alexandrina Council. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  6. ^ SA Central, Compass cup, archived from the original on 11 September 2006, retrieved 7 June 2007 
  7. ^ Currency Creek region, Wines, retrieved 7 June 2007 
  8. ^ Forestry SA, Kuitpo Forest (PDF), retrieved 7 June 2007 
  9. ^ Exotic Fish Australia, Carp, retrieved 7 June 2007 
  10. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Alexandra DC) (Local Government Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 February 2008. 
  11. ^ Local Government Association of South Australia. "Alexandrina Council". Archived from the original on 15 November 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2007. 
  12. ^ "Election Results 2014" (PDF). Local Government Association of South Australia. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  13. ^ http://www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/general_annualreport_9899.pdf
  14. ^ http://www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/general_annualreport_9900.pdf
  15. ^ http://www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/2000_2001_Annual_Report.pdf
  16. ^ http://www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Annual_Report_2001_2002.pdf
  17. ^ http://www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/general_annualreport_0203.pdf
  18. ^ http://www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Annual_Report_2003_2004.pdf
  19. ^ http://www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Annual_Report_2004_2005.pdf
  20. ^ http://www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Annual_Report_2005_2006.pdf
  21. ^ http://www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/2006-2007_Final_Annual_Report_with_Financial_Statements.pdf
  22. ^ http://www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Annual_Report___Financial_Statements_2007-2008.pdf
  23. ^ http://www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Annual_Report_with_Financial_Statements_2008_-_2009.pdf
  24. ^ http://www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Alexandrina_Council_Annual_Report_with_Financial_Statements_2009_-_2010_opt.pdf

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