Location of Alexandrina Council in Australia
|• Density||12.972/km2 (33.596/sq mi)|
|Area||1,827 km2 (705.4 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Keith Parkes |
|Region||Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island|
|State electorate(s)||Finniss, Hammond|
|Federal Division(s)||Barker, Mayo|
Alexandrina Council is a local government area in the Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island region of South Australia. 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. The district is split into five wards, which represent smaller subdivisions of the district.
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.
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. 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. In the Kuitpo region, forestry is prominent, with large tracts of pine present.
The district borders two bodies of water, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
The main towns and localities within the council are:
- Clayton Bay
- Currency Creek
- Hayborough (split with City of Victor Harbor)
- Hindmarsh Island
- Langhorne Creek
- Mount Compass
- Port Elliot
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.
|Mayor ||Keith Parkes|
|Nangkita Kuitpo ||Grant Gartrell|
|Angas Bremer ||Barry Featherston|
|Katherine Stanley-Murray||Deputy Mayor|
|Port Elliot Middleton ||Michael Scott|
|Strathalbyn ||Ben Brazzalotto|
|Goolwa Hindmarsh Island ||Jim Davis|
Alexandrina Council has a directly-elected mayor.
Statistics from Annual Reports
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Alexandrina (DC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
- "Elected Members". Alexandrina Council. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
- "Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
- Littley, Bryan (23 January 2002), "Alexandrina Merger Success", The Advertiser, p. 31
- "Council". Alexandrina Council. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
- SA Central, Compass cup, archived from the original on 11 September 2006, retrieved 7 June 2007
- Currency Creek region, Wines, retrieved 7 June 2007
- Forestry SA, Kuitpo Forest (PDF), retrieved 7 June 2007
- Exotic Fish Australia, Carp, retrieved 7 June 2007
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Alexandra DC) (Local Government Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
- Local Government Association of South Australia. "Alexandrina Council". Archived from the original on 15 November 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2007.
- "Election Results 2014" (PDF). Local Government Association of South Australia. Retrieved 28 August 2016.