City of West Torrens

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City of West Torrens
South Australia
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Population57,901 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,352/km2 (3,500/sq mi)
Area37.07 km2 (14.3 sq mi)
MayorMichael Coxon
RegionWestern Adelaide[2]
State electorate(s)Colton, Ashford, West Torrens, Morphett
Federal Division(s)Adelaide, Hindmarsh
WebsiteCity of West Torrens
LGAs around City of West Torrens:
City of Charles Sturt City of Adelaide
City of West Torrens City of Unley
City of Holdfast Bay City of Marion City of Marion

The City of West Torrens is a local government area in the western suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. Since the 1970s the area was mainly home to many open spaces and parks, however after the mid-1990s (1993-1995) the LGA became more residential.


It was established on 7 July 1853 as the District Council of West Torrens, which was one of the first local governments to be formed in South Australia following the passage of the District Councils Act 1852. It became smaller over time as a number of areas within the original boundaries split off to form new municipalities: the Holdfast Bay area became part of the new Corporate Town of Glenelg on 23 August 1855, the Thebarton area seceded as the Corporate Town of Thebarton on 8 February 1883, and the West Beach area seceded as part of the Corporate Town of Henley and Grange on 4 December 1915.[3][4] It gained an area from the District Council of Marion on 15 January 1903, but subsequently lost the same area to the Glenelg council. Further areas of West Torrens were severed and added to Glenelg in 1928, 1932 and 1950.[5][6]

It became a municipal corporation as the Corporate Town of West Torrens on 1 January 1944, and gained city status as the City of West Torrens on 1 July 1950. It absorbed the former Corporate Town of Thebarton on 1 March 1997, briefly being renamed the City of West Torrens Thebarton before reverting to its original name several months later.[7][8]


The current council as of June 2016 is:[9]

Ward Party[10] Councillor Notes
Mayor   Michael Coxon
Airport   Independent Brandon Reynolds
  SA-BEST Jassmine Wood
Hilton   Independent Cindy O'Rielley
  Independent George Vlahos
Keswick   Elisabeth Papanikolaou
  Independent John Woodward
Lockleys   Independent Kym McKay
  Daniel Huggett
Morphett   Anne McKay
  Labor David Wilton
Plympton   Surender Pal
  Liberal Simon Tsiaparis
Thebarton   Labor Graham Nitschke
  Greens Dominic Mugavin


The City of West Torrens contains the following suburbs.[11]

Mayors (formerly Chairmen) of West Torrens[edit]

  • Alexander Ferris Scott (1935-1937) [5]
  • Alfred Burt (1937-1939) [5]
  • Arthur McLean (1939-1940) [5]
  • Hurtle Henry Norman (1940-1941) [5]
  • Howard Edward Comley (1941-1946) [5]
  • Charles Richard John Veale (1946-1954) [5]
  • Robert James Bartlett (1954-1961) [5]
  • Stephen John (Steve) Hamra (1961-1976) [5]
  • Reece Jennings (1976-1977) [5]
  • Stephen John (Steve) Hamra (1976-1989) [5][13]
  • George Robertson (1989-1998) [14]
  • Reece Jennings (1999-2000) [15]
  • John Trainer (2000-2018) [16]
  • Michael Coxon (2018-present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "West Torrens (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Western Adelaide SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Thursday, February 8, 1883" (PDF). The Government Gazette of South Australia. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Thursday, December 2, 1915" (PDF). The Government Gazette of South Australia. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Matthews, Penny (1986), South Australia, the civic record, 1836-1986, Wakefield Press, p. 641, ISBN 978-0-949268-82-2
  6. ^ "Thursday, July 7, 1853" (PDF). The Government Gazette of South Australia. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Thursday, 13 February 1997" (PDF). The Government Gazette of South Australia. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Thebarton (S.A.). Corporation". Libraries Australia. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  9. ^ "City of West Torrens - Elected Members". Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Elected Member Register of Interest" (PDF). Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  11. ^ City of West Torrens. "Suburbs & ward map". Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Suburbs and rural localities list" (PDF). The Government of South Australia, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. 1 May 2015. p. 2. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  13. ^ Wilson, Stephanie (31 March 2004). "Mayor's service acknowledged". Weekly Times Messenger.
  14. ^ "Poll for new mayor". The Advertiser. 25 February 1999.
  15. ^ Haran, Brady (17 May 2000). "Jennings dumped in West Torrens". The Advertiser.
  16. ^ Conlin, Thomas (17 September 2014). "West Torrens Mayor John Trainer returned unopposed ahead of upcoming council elections". Weekly Times Inner City. Retrieved 12 November 2016.

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Coordinates: 34°57′S 138°35′E / 34.950°S 138.583°E / -34.950; 138.583