City of Salisbury

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City of Salisbury
South Australia
Salisbury Community Hub.jpg
New Salisbury Community Hub and Council office
Coordinates34°46′02″S 138°35′09″E / 34.7673°S 138.5857°E / -34.7673; 138.5857Coordinates: 34°46′02″S 138°35′09″E / 34.7673°S 138.5857°E / -34.7673; 138.5857
 • Density872.73/km2 (2,260.4/sq mi)
Area158.1 km2 (61.0 sq mi)
MayorGillian Aldridge[3]
RegionNorthern Adelaide[4]
State electorate(s)Ramsay, King, Wright, Florey, Playford, Taylor
Federal division(s)
WebsiteCity of Salisbury
LGAs around City of Salisbury:
City of Playford
City of Salisbury City of Tea Tree Gully
City of Port Adelaide Enfield

The City of Salisbury is a local government area (LGA) located on the northern fringes of Adelaide, South Australia. It had population of 137,979 people in 2016[1] and encompasses an area of 158 km². The council's main offices are situated in the Salisbury central business district. Geographically, the region is located on the outskirts of Adelaide. In recent years the council has become a leader in water management and the use of recycled water.[5]


The Kaurna people were the first to be associated with the Salisbury area.

The township of Salisbury (after Salisbury in Wiltshire) was established by John Harvey, who had migrated from Scotland in 1839. Harvey purchased land beside the Little Para River in 1847 and, in 1848, sold allotments for the town. By 1881 the population of the town was close to 500.[6]

The District Council of Salisbury was formed on 22 June 1933 by an amalgamation of parts of the abolished District Council of Munno Para West and the District Council of Yatala North.[5] The population of the township upon incorporation was 2,385,[6] but almost doubled from 1940 when the federal government built a munitions factory at Penfield, reaching 4,160 by 1947.[6]

The town council was briefly renamed the District Council of Salisbury and Elizabeth on 22 August 1963, but reverted to its former name after the Elizabeth area was severed to form the new Town of Elizabeth on 13 February 1964. The Salisbury council was granted city status on 6 July 1964, becoming the City of Salisbury.[7]

Culture and events[edit]

The City of Salisbury, the Writers SA and the Salisbury Library Service have co-hosted the Salisbury Writers' Festival since 2005.[8][9]


Garbage, recycling, and green waste collection services are provided by the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority.


The councillors elected in November 2018 were:[10]

Ward Councillor Notes
Mayor Gillian Aldridge
Central Chad Buchanan
Donna Proleta
East Adam Duncan
Maria Blackmore
South Julie Woodman Deputy Mayor [1]
Natasha Henningsen
Hills Peter Jensen
Shiralee Reardon
Para Sarah Ouk
Kylie Grenfell
North David Hood
Graham Reynolds
West Beau Brug The youngest politician ever in the history of Australia [11]
Lisa Braun

Chairmen and mayors of Salisbury[edit]

  • Henry John Wynter Griffiths (1933–1934) <ref D.C.Records>
  • Harold Lockheart Martin (1934–1935)[7]
  • Arnold Godfrey Jenkins (1935–1939)[7]
  • Harold Lockheart Martin (1939–1942)[7]
  • Andrew Thomas Goodall (1942–1953)[7]
  • Leslie Paul McIntyre (1953–1955)[7]
  • Keith Neil Davis (1955–1957)[7]
  • Harry Lyle Bowey (1957–1961)[7]
  • Stewart Lynn Gilchrist (1961)[7]
  • John Lawrence Lindblom (1962–1965)[7]
  • Harry Lyle Bowey (1965–1978)[7]
  • Ronald Thomas White (1978–1983)[7]
  • David Allen Plumridge (1983–1987)[7]
  • Patricia St Clair-Dixon (1987–1993)[7]
  • David Allen Plumridge (1993–1997)[7]
  • Tony Zappia (1997–2007)
  • Gillian Aldridge (2008–current)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Salisbury (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Councillors". City of Salisbury. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Northern Adelaide SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b Marsden, Susan (2012). "A History of South Australian Councils to 1936" (PDF). Local Government Association of South Australia. p. 41. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Our History". City of Salisbury. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Matthews, Penny (1986), South Australia, the civic record, 1836-1986, Wakefield Press, ISBN 978-0-949268-82-2
  8. ^ Salisbury Writers' Festival (Salisbury, S.A.); Salisbury (S.A.). Corporation; South Australian Writers' Centre (2010–2020), Salisbury Writers' Festival: [programme – catalogue entry for electronic version], City of Salisbury, retrieved 8 February 2021
  9. ^ Salisbury Writers' Festival (Salisbury, S.A.); Salisbury (S.A.). Corporation; South Australian Writers' Centre (2005–2016), Salisbury Writers' Festival: [programme – catalogue entry for print versions], City of Salisbury, retrieved 8 February 2021
  10. ^ "CITY OF SALISBURY". 2018 Council Elections Results. Electoral Commission of South Australia. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
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