District Council of Robe

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District Council of Robe
South Australia
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Location of the District Council of Robe in blue
Population 1,428 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 1.3088/km2 (3.3897/sq mi)
Established 1869
Area 1,091.1 km2 (421.3 sq mi)
Mayor Peter Riseley [2]
Council seat Robe
Region Limestone Coast[3]
State electorate(s) MacKillop
Federal Division(s) Barker
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Website District Council of Robe
LGAs around District Council of Robe:
Kingston District Council
District Council of Robe Naracoorte Lucindale Council
Wattle Range Council
Offices in Robe.

The District Council of Robe is a local government area located in the Limestone Coast area of South Australia. The main offices are in Robe, the town after which the council is named. The district relies on a mix of agriculture, fisheries and tourism as major components of its economy.


The district's coastline, like much of South Australia, was explored by Captains Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin in 1802, with Baudin initially naming it after Admiral de Guichen. The first major town was officially founded and named 'Robe' by the South Australian Government in 1846 after Major Frederick Holt Robe, Governor of South Australia who had selected the site in 1846.[4]

It was the first major town to be established in the south east of the colony. Greytown on Rivoli Bay had been surveyed a few months earlier and was the site of a small settlement but Robe was the first administrative center and was the focus of public and commercial life in the area.[5]

The District Council of Robe was proclaimed on 28 October 1869.[6]

By the 1880s, the district began a slow decline, and increasingly relied on its fishing and agricultural industries as its status as a major port and industrial hub decreased.[4]


The district still is heavily reliant on the fishing and agricultural industries, with rock lobster one of the main catches in the area.

The district has a variety of agricultural industries, with cereal crops, beef cattle and sheep prominent. The district also has a thriving wine industry, lying near the Coonawarra wine region.[7]

Tourism has been an increasingly important part of the economy, with up to 15,000 tourists every year.[7] The town has a large number of historic buildings, as well as natural attractions. The town is listed as one of the state's historical towns in the Heritage Conservation Branch's Master Interpretation Plan.


Robe is the major town in the district; however, the council also includes the localities of Boatswain Point, Greenways and Mount Benson, and parts of Bray, Clay Wells, Nora Creina and Reedy Creek.[8]


Ward Councillor Notes
Mayor [2]   Peter Riseley
Unsubdivided [2]   Kristina Alexander
  Rino Dell'Antonio
  John Enright
  David Loxton
  Harvey Nolan
  Lawrence Polomka

The District Council of Robe has a directly-elected mayor.[9]


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Elected Members". District Council of Robe. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Limestone Coast SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Flinders Ranges Research, Robe, retrieved 2007-06-10 
  5. ^ District Council of Robe, History, archived from the original on 2007-08-30, retrieved 2007-06-10 
  6. ^ "GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.". The Express And Telegraph. VI, (1,784). South Australia. 29 October 1869. p. 2 (SECOND EDITION). Retrieved 9 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ a b District Council of Robe, Statistics, archived from the original on 2007-08-30, retrieved 2007-06-10 
  8. ^ "Location SA Map Viewer". Government of South Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Election Results 2014" (PDF). Local Government Association of South Australia. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 

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Coordinates: 37°09′45″S 139°45′22″E / 37.1625°S 139.756°E / -37.1625; 139.756