Kingston District Council

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Kingston District Council
South Australia
Kingston LGA.png
Position of the Kingston District Council
Population 2,363 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 0.70797/km2 (1.8336/sq mi)
Established 1873
Area 3,337.7 km2 (1,288.7 sq mi)
Mayor Reg Lyon [2]
Council seat Kingston SE
Region Limestone Coast[3]
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. It was established on 4 July 1873 as the District Council of Lacepede and was renamed Kingston in April 2000.[4][5]


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.[6] In 1840, the Brigantine Maria was shipwrecked near Cape Jaffa after leaving Port Adelaide.[7] All 25 people aboard were massacred by Aborigines along the Coorong.[7]

The town of Kingston was established in 1856, the town being named after the government surveyor, George Strickland Kingston by Governor McDonnell, in 1858 and renamed as Kingston SE in July 1940.[8][9] The district council was then established in 1858 to serve the growing area, before having its name changed in 2000.[10]

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".[11]

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 district council includes the following localities - Avenue Range (part), Blackford, Cape Jaffa, Coorong, Keilira, Kingston SE, Marcollat, Pinks Beach, Reedy Creek, Rosetown, Sandy Grove, Taratap, Tilley Swamp, Wangolina, West Range and Wyomi.[12]


Ward Councillor Notes
Mayor [2]   Reg Lyon
Unsubdivided [2]   Christopher England
  Jodie Gluyas
  Jeff Pope
  Kay Rasheed
  Deane Starling
  Graham Usher
  Rick Wingard

Kingston District Council has a directly-elected mayor.[13]


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Elected Members". Kingston District Council. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Limestone Coast SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.". The South Australian Advertiser. South Australia. 4 July 1873. p. 3. Retrieved 9 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ Bell, Peter; Marsden, Susan. "Kingston SE: An Overview History". SA Historians. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Sydney Morning Herald Travel (2004-02-08), "Kingston SE", The Sydney Morning Herald, retrieved 2007-05-26 
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Search result for "Kingston SE (Locality Bounded)" (Record no SASA0036846) with the following layers selected – "Suburbs and Localities", "Place names (gazetteer)" and "Development Plan Layers"". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "NEW TOWN NAMES APPROVED". The Chronicle. LXXXIII, (4,728). South Australia. 1 August 1940. p. 13. Retrieved 31 August 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  10. ^ "District Council of Lacepede, Change of Council Name Notice" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 6 April 2000. p. 2063. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  11. ^ Kingston District Council, Annual Report 2000/2001 (PDF), retrieved 2007-05-26 
  12. ^ "Search result for " Blackford (LOCB)" (Record no SA0037180) with the following layers selected - "Suburbs and Localities" and "Local Government Areas"". Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure , Government of South Australia. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Election Results 2014" (PDF). Local Government Association of South Australia. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 

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