District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula

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District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula
South Australia
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Location of the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula
Population 4,820 (2009)[1]
 • Density 1.0103/km2 (2.6166/sq mi)
Established 1880
Area 4,771 km2 (1,842.1 sq mi)
Mayor Julie Low [2]
Council seat Cummins
Region Eyre and Western[3]
State electorate(s) Flinders
Federal Division(s) Grey
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Website District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula
LGAs around District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula:
District Council of Elliston District Council of Tumby Bay
District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula City of Port Lincoln

The District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula is a local government area located on Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. The district covers the southern tip of the peninsula, except for the small area taken up by the City of Port Lincoln.

The main council offices are in Cummins, with a branch office in Port Lincoln, even though Port Lincoln is actually in its own council area, not encompassed by the council.


The District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula traces its history back to the original District Council of Port Lincoln, whose creation was proclaimed in 1880. It expanded in 1888 and 1890, then had a northern section removed to form the new District Council of Tumby Bay in 1906.[4]

Then in 1921 the Corporation of Port Lincoln was excised, and the remainder renamed to District Council of Lincoln. The boundary has moved several times since then, with The District Council of Lincoln renamed to Lower Eyre Peninsula in 1988.[4]

The area's economy is reliant mostly on agriculture, with cereal crops and sheep being prominent in the district, as in much of the Eyre Peninsula. Fishing and aquaculture are a large part of the economy also, with Coffin Bay Oysters gaining statewide recognition.[5]

The district, particularly coastal towns such as Coffin Bay are ever popular with tourists, with fishing and a variety of other water based activities a major attraction. The Coffin Bay National Park is also a major attraction, as well as an area of natural habitat conservation.[6]


The district has two major towns; Cummins and Coffin Bay, but the district covers a large area, including a number of small towns and mostly uninhabited areas. The official list of localities in the council area is:

Big Swamp, Boston, Brimpton Lake, Charlton Gully, Coffin Bay, Coomunga, Coulta, Cummins, Edillilie, Farm Beach, Flinders, Green Patch, Kapinnie, Karkoo, Kiana, Lake Wangary, Lincoln, Little Swamp, Louth, Louth Bay, Mitchell, Mortlock, Mount Drummond, Mount Dutton Bay, Mount Hope, North Shields, Poonindie, Proper Bay, Shannon, Sleaford, Sleaford Bay, Stamford, Tod River (Reservoir), Tulka, Uley, Ulipa, Wangary, Wanilla, Warrow, White Flat, Yeelanna[7]

Elected Members[edit]

Mayor: Julie Low [2]

CEO: Rodney Pearson [8]


  • Geoff Bayly
  • Wendy Holman
  • Diana Laube
  • Don Millard
  • Peter Mitchell
  • Jo-Ann Quigley

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Elected Members". District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Eyre Western SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula, District History, retrieved 2007-05-15 
  5. ^ Tourism Eyre Peninsula, Coffin Bay, retrieved 2007-05-15 
  6. ^ Department of Environment and Heratige, Coffin Bay National Park (PDF), archived from the original (– Scholar search) on 26 September 2007, retrieved 2007-05-15 [dead link]
  7. ^ "Local Government Association of South Australia, Lower Eyre Peninsula". Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  8. ^ "District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula". Local Government Association of South Australia. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 

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Coordinates: 34°20′S 135°30′E / 34.33°S 135.5°E / -34.33; 135.5