District Council of Franklin Harbour
|District Council of Franklin Harbour
The District Council office in Cowell
Location of the District Council of Franklin Harbour
|Population||1,234 (2015 est)|
|• Density||0.37588/km2 (0.9735/sq mi)|
|Area||3,283 km2 (1,267.6 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Robert Starr |
|Region||Eyre and Western|
|Website||District Council of Franklin Harbour|
The District Council of Franklin Harbour is a local government area in South Australia on the Eyre Peninsula. Cowell is the major population centre of an agricultural district based on farming wheat and sheep, supplemented by a fishing and oyster farming industries. The district's coastal towns including Cowell and Lucky Bay attract large numbers of tourists during school holidays, with the new Spencer Gulf ferry service increasing traffic to these areas since 2006.
Franklin Harbour itself was first sighted by Matthew Flinders in 1802 and subsequently named after his midshipman and nephew, John Franklin, by Governor George Gawler in 1840. The first settlers to the region arrived in 1853, with more following soon afterward. 
Educationally, the district is served by Cowell Area School, which includes a school-community library; with a district hospital and clinic to cover the district's health needs. A number of churches also serve the district.
There are a number of sporting clubs including cricket, football, netball, golf and bowls along with playing facilities for each sport. Cowell also has an all weather boat ramp for those with boats, as well as a jetty.
|Unsubdivided ||Geoff Giles|
|Michael Williams||Deputy Mayor|
Chairmen and mayors of Franklin Harbour
- Frank Laurie Williams (1925-1927) 
- Earnest Perry Smith (1932-1939) 
- John Taylor Forth (1939-1941) 
- Frank Laurie Williams (1941-1945) 
- John Pellew Story (1945-1947) 
- Sidney Gordon Clothier (1947-1960) 
- Harold Alwin Schiller (1960-1967) 
- William James Martin Cooper (1967-1973) 
- John Arthur Burton (1973-1980) 
- Dudley John Kaden (1981-?)
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