Kingston District Council

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Kingston District Council
South Australia
Kingston LGA.png
Position of the Kingston District Council
Population 2,469 (2009)[1]
 • Density 0.73973/km2 (1.9159/sq mi)
Established 1873
Area 3,337.7 km2 (1,288.7 sq mi)
Mayor Jenny Robertson
Council seat Kingston SE
Region Limestone Coast[2]
State electorate(s) MacKillop
Federal Division(s) Barker
Website Kingston District Council
LGAs around Kingston District Council:
The Coorong District Council Tatiara District Council
Kingston District Council
District Council of Robe Naracoorte Lucindale Council

The Kingston District Council is a local government area in the Limestone Coast, South Australia. Established in 1873 as the Lacepede District Council, the council name was changed in April 2000 due to the new direction hoped to be taken by the council at that time.


The area was originally settled by the Ngarrindjeri Aborigines, who lived along the Coorong and extended across the Murray River to the present day site of Goolwa.

The first European to make contact with this stretch of coastline was the French explorer Nicolas Baudin who discovered Lacepede Bay in 1802.[3] In 1840, the Brigantine Maria was shipwrecked near Cape Jaffa after leaving Port Adelaide.[4] All 25 people aboard were massacred by Aborigines along the Coorong.[4]

The town of Kingston SE was established in 1856, the town being named after the government surveyor, George Strickland Kingston by Governor McDonnell, in 1858. The district council was then established in 1858 to serve the growing area, before having its name changed in 2000.

Mayor Legoe justified the change at the ceremony, stating; "The decision to change the name of the Council was not a decision to change for the sake of change. It is a decision to change the image and identity of the Council to propel itself into the 21st Century".[5]

The district is mostly reliant on agriculture, particularly cereal crops, sheep and cattle. Cape Jaffa also hosts a lobster fishing fleet, with other commercial fishing also providing part of the area's economy.

Tourism also plays a minor role, with Kingston SE a minor tourist destination, noted for its 'Big Lobster', with Mount Scott Conservation Park and Butchers Gap Conservation Park also located in the district.


Kingston SE is the central town to the district, being the largest town and also the seat of council. The full list of localities, including small towns and remoter areas includes:

Blackford, Bowaka, Cape Jaffa, Keilira, Kingston SE, Marcollat, Mount Benson[verification needed], Port Caroline, Reedy Creek, Rosetown, Taratap, Tilley Swamp and Wangolina.[6]

Elected Members[edit]

Mayor: Jacob Broccoff

CEO:Martin Mcathy


  • Graham Gribble
  • Gary Peters
  • Shirey Twigg
  • Alan Olley
  • Christopher England
  • David John Moreland
  • Kenneth Garvie
  • Reginald Lyon
  • Graham Usher
  • Christopher Frankling

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Limestone Coast SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Sydney Morning Herald Travel (2004-02-08), "Kingston SE", The Sydney Morning Herald, retrieved 2007-05-26 
  4. ^ a b "A Famous Wreck". The Evening News (Sydney: National Library of Australia). 5 October 1895. p. 1 Supplement: Evening News Supplement. Retrieved 29 May 2013.  This reference quite credibly states the bodies were stuffed down wombat holes, where others coyly refer to "shallow graves". It is also one of the few to touch on the contentious possibility of cannibalism.
  5. ^ Kingston District Council, Annual Report 2000/2001 (PDF), retrieved 2007-05-26 
  6. ^ LGA odf South Australia, Kingston Regional Council, retrieved 2007-05-26 

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Coordinates: 36°50′S 139°51′E / 36.833°S 139.850°E / -36.833; 139.850