Local government areas of South Australia

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Local government in the Australian state of South Australia describes the organisations and processes by which towns and districts can manage their own affairs to the extent permitted by section 64A of Constitution Act 1934 (SA).[1]

LGAs sorted by region[edit]

The organisations, often called local government areas (LGAs) are constituted and managed in accordance with the Local Government Act 1999 (South Australia). They are grouped below by region, as defined by the Local Government Association of South Australia.[2]

Metropolitan Adelaide[edit]

Local government area Council seat Region Year est. Land area Pop'n (2015)[3] Notes Map
km² sq mi Density
Adelaide, City ofCity of Adelaide Adelaide Metropolitan Adelaide 1840 16 6 1,448 23,169 Capital city of South Australia
1840 Established as Adelaide Corporation
1843 Managed by the Colonial government, and then a commission
1852 Re-established
1919 Office of Mayor raised to Lord Mayor
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Adelaide Hills Council, Adelaide Hills Council Woodside Metropolitan Adelaide 1997 795 307 50 40,031 Amalgamation of District Councils of East Torrens, Gumeracha, Onkaparinga and Stirling Adelaide-LGA-Adelaide Hills-MJC.png
Burnside, City ofCity of Burnside Tusmore Metropolitan Adelaide 1856 27 10 1,668 45,034 1856 gazetted as District Council of Burnside
1935 became the Municipality of Burnside
1943 proclaimed the City of Burnside
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Campbelltown, City ofCity of Campbelltown Rostrevor Metropolitan Adelaide 1854 24 9 2,162 51,889 1854 established as the District Council of Payneham
1867 renamed the District Council of Payneham
1946 became the Town of Campbelltown
1960 proclaimed the City of Campbelltown
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Charles Sturt, City ofCity of Charles Sturt Woodville Metropolitan Adelaide 1997 52 20 2,196 114,209 Amalgamation of City of Hindmarsh Woodville and the City of Henley and Grange Adelaide-LGA-Charles Sturt-MJC.png
Gawler, Town ofTown of Gawler Gawler Metropolitan Adelaide 1857 41 16 552 22,618 Established as the Corporation of the Town of Gawler in 1857 following resident dissatisfaction at being governed by three different district councils Adelaide-LGA-Gawler-MJC.png
Holdfast Bay, City ofCity of Holdfast Bay Brighton Metropolitan Adelaide 1997 13 5 2,866 37,263 Amalgamation of Glenelg and Brighton city councils Adelaide-LGA-Holdfast Bay-MJC.png
Marion, City ofCity of Marion Sturt Metropolitan Adelaide 1853 56 22 1,589 88,983 1853 established as the District Council of Brighton
1886 renamed to the District Council of Marion
1944 gazetted as the municipality, City of Marion
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Mitcham, City ofCity of Mitcham Torrens Park Metropolitan Adelaide 1853 76 29 873 66,347 First LGA formally founded after the City of Adelaide Adelaide-LGA-Mitcham-MJC.png
Norwood Payneham & St Peters, City ofCity of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Norwood Metropolitan Adelaide 1997 15 6 2,490 37,350 Amalgamation of the City of Kensington and Norwood, the City of Payneham and the Town of St Peters. Adelaide-LGA-Norwood-MJC.png
Onkaparinga, City ofCity of Onkaparinga Noarlunga Centre Metropolitan Adelaide 1997 518 200 326 168,798 Amalgamation of Cities of Happy Valley and Noarlunga with part of the District Council of Willunga Adelaide-LGA-Onkaparinga-MJC.png
Playford, City ofCity of Playford Elizabeth Metropolitan Adelaide 1997 345 133 256 88,222 Amalgamation of the cities of Elizabeth and Munno Para Adelaide-LGA-Playford-MJC.png
Port Adelaide Enfield, City ofCity of Port Adelaide Enfield Port Adelaide Metropolitan Adelaide 1997 97 37 1,276 123,754 Amalgamation of the cities of Port Adelaide and Enfield Adelaide-LGA-Port Adelaide-MJC.png
Prospect, City ofCity of Prospect Prospect Metropolitan Adelaide 1872 8 3 2,677 21,416 Separated from District Council of Yatala South Adelaide-LGA-Prospect-MJC.png
Salisbury, City ofCity of Salisbury Salisbury Metropolitan Adelaide 1933 158 61 877 138,535 Amalgamation of District Council of Yatala North and large part of District Council of Munno Para West Adelaide-LGA-Salisbury-MJC.png
Tea Tree Gully, City ofCity of Tea Tree Gully Modbury Metropolitan Adelaide 1858 95 37 1,041 98,861 1858 established by separation from District Council of Highercombe
1935 reunited with Highercombe under current name
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Unley, City ofCity of Unley Unley Metropolitan Adelaide 1871 14 5 2,809 39,324 Separated from District Council of Mitcham as the Corporate Town of Unley Adelaide-LGA-Unley-MJC.png
Walkerville, Town ofTown of Walkerville Gilberton Metropolitan Adelaide 1855 4 2 1,918 7,673 Separated from District Council of Yatala Adelaide-LGA-Walkerville-MJC.png
West Torrens, City ofCity of West Torrens Hilton Metropolitan Adelaide 1856 37 14 1,594 58,964 1856 established as the District Council of West Torrens
1944 became a municipal corporation, the Corporate Town of West Torrens
1950 gained city status as the City of West Torrens
1997 annexed the Town of Thebarton
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Regional South Australia[edit]

Eyre Peninsula[edit]

Local government area Council seat Region Year est. Land area Pop'n (2015)[4] Notes Map
km² sq mi
Ceduna, District Council ofDistrict Council of Ceduna Ceduna Eyre Peninsula 1896 5,427 2,095 3,716 Ceduna LGA.png
Cleve, District Council ofDistrict Council of Cleve Cleve Eyre Peninsula 1911 4,507 1,740 1,795 Separated from Franklin Harbour Cleve LGA.png
Elliston, District Council ofDistrict Council of Elliston Elliston Eyre Peninsula 1887 6,500 2,510 1,066 Boundary changes in 1989 Elliston LGA.png
Franklin Harbour, District Council ofDistrict Council of Franklin Harbour Cowell Eyre Peninsula 1888 3,583 1,383 1,234 Franklin Harbour LGA.png
Kimba, District Council ofDistrict Council of Kimba Kimba Eyre Peninsula 1924 3,986 1,539 1,097 Kimba LGA.png
Lower Eyre Peninsula, District Council ofDistrict Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula Cummins Eyre Peninsula 1921 4,771 1,842 5,087 Part of District Council of Port Lincoln (proclaimed 1880). District Council of Tumby Bay separated in 1906. Corporation of Port Lincoln separated in 1921. Remainder named District Council of Lincoln. Renamed Lower Eyre Peninsula in 1988. Lower Eyre Peninsula LGA.png
Port Augusta, City ofCity of Port Augusta Port Augusta Eyre Peninsula 1964 1,153 445 14,522 Port Augusta LGA.png
Port Lincoln, City ofCity of Port Lincoln Port Lincoln Eyre Peninsula 1921 30 12 14,984 Separated from District Council of Port Lincoln in 1921. Proclaimed a city in 1971. Port Lincoln LGA.png
Streaky Bay, District Council ofDistrict Council of Streaky Bay Streaky Bay Eyre Peninsula 1887 6,232 2,406 2,249 Streaky Bay LGA.png
Tumby Bay, District Council ofDistrict Council of Tumby Bay Tumby Bay Eyre Peninsula 1906 2,616 1,010 2,668 Separated from District Council of Port Lincoln Tumby Bay LGA.png
Wudinna District Council, Wudinna District Council Wudinna Eyre Peninsula 1925 5,394 2,083 1,282 Established as the District Council of Minnipa. Later renamed as District Council of Le Hunte. Given present name in 2008. Le Hunte LGA.png
Whyalla, City ofCity of Whyalla Whyalla Eyre Peninsula 1970 1,033 399 22,759 Whallya LGA.png

Central region[edit]

Local government area Council seat Region Year est. Land area Pop'n (2006 census) Notes Map
km² sq mi
Adelaide Plains Council, Adelaide Plains Council Mallala Central 1935 932 360 8,385 Amalgamation of the district councils of Grace, Dublin and Port Gawler Mallala LGA.png
Barossa Council, Barossa Council Angaston Central 1996 912 352 22,514 Amalgamation of district councils of Angaston, Barossa, Tanunda and, since 1997, part of Mount Pleasant Barossa LGA.png
Barunga West, District Council ofDistrict Council of Barunga West Port Broughton Central 1997 2,631 Amalgamation of the District Council of Bute and the District Council of Port Broughton Barunga West LGA.png
Clare and Gilbert Valleys, District Council ofDistrict Council of Clare and Gilbert Valleys Clare Central 1997 8,743 Amalgamation of the district councils of Clare, Riverton and Saddleworth and Auburn Clare and Gilbert Valleys LGA.png
Copper Coast Council, Copper Coast Council Kadina Central 1997 773 298 12,901 Amalgamation of the District Council of Northern Yorke Peninsula and Corporate Town of Wallaroo Copper Coast LGA.png
Flinders Ranges Council, Flinders Ranges Council Quorn Central 1997 4,198 1,621 1,784 Amalgamation of the District Council of Kanyaka-Quorn and the District Council of Hawker Flinders Ranges LGA.png
Goyder, Regional Council ofRegional Council of Goyder Burra Central 1997 6,719 2,594 4,285 Amalgamation of the district councils of Burra Burra Eudunda, Hallet and Robertstown. Goyder LGA.png
Light Regional Council, Light Regional Council Kapunda Central 1996 1,278 493 13,658 Amalgamation of the District Council of Light (1977-1996) and the District Council of Kapunda Light LGA.png
Mount Remarkable, District Council ofDistrict Council of Mount Remarkable Melrose Central 1980 3,425 1,322 2,951 Amalgamation of District Council of Port Germein and District Council of Wilmington Mt Remarkable LGA.png
Northern Areas Council, Northern Areas Council Jamestown Central 1997 4,866 Amalgamation of the district councils of Rocky River, Spalding, and Jamestown Northern Areas LGA.png
Orroroo Carrieton, District Council ofDistrict Council of Orroroo Carrieton Orroroo Central 1997 938 Amalgamation of the District Council of Orroroo and District Council of Carrieton Orroroo Carierton LGA.png
Peterborough, District Council ofDistrict Council of Peterborough Peterborough Central 1935
Port Pirie Regional Council, Port Pirie Regional Council Port Pirie Central 1997 1,761 680 18,076 Amalgamation of the City of Port Pirie and the District Council of Crystal Brook-Redhill Port Pirie LGA.png
Wakefield Regional Council, Wakefield Regional Council Balaklava Central 1997 3,469 1,339 6,886 Amalgamation of the District Council of Blyth-Snowtown and District Council of Wakefield Plains Wakefield LGA.png
Yorke Peninsula Council, Yorke Peninsula Council Maitland Central 1997 5,834 2,253 11,736 Established as the District Council of Yorke Peninsula in 1997 by amalgamation of the district councils of Central Yorke Peninsula, Minlaton, Warooka and Yorketown.
Renamed in 2013.
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Southern and Hills region[edit]

Local government area Council seat Region Year est. Land area Pop'n (2006 census) Notes Map
km² sq mi
Alexandrina Council, Alexandrina Council Goolwa Southern and Hills 1997 1,827 705 23,160 Amalgamation of the District Council of Strathalbyn, the District Council of Port Elliot and Goolwa, and a portion of the District Council of Willunga. Alexandrina LGA.png
Kangaroo Island Council, Kangaroo Island Council Kingscote Southern and Hills 1996 4,400 1,699 4,612 Amalgamation of the District Council of Kingscote and the District Council of Dudley. Kangaroo Island LGA.png
Mount Barker, District Council ofDistrict Council of Mount Barker Mount Barker Southern and Hills 1853 29,864 Mount Barker LGA.png
Victor Harbor, City ofCity of Victor Harbor Victor Harbor Southern and Hills 1975 387 149 13,608 Amalgamation of District Council of Encounter Bay and the Corporation of Victor Harbor in 1975. Formerly a district council, became a city in 2000.
Yankalilla, District Council ofDistrict Council of Yankalilla Yankalilla Southern and Hills 1854 751 290 4,577 Yankalilla LGA.png

Murray Mallee region[edit]

Local government area Council seat Region Year est. Land area Pop'n (2006 census) Notes Map
km² sq mi
Berri Barmera Council, Berri Barmera Council Berri Murray Mallee 1996 508 196 11,240 Amalgamation of district councils of Barmera and Berri. Berri Barmera LGA.png
Coorong District Council, TheThe Coorong District Council Meningie Murray Mallee 1995 8,831 3,410 5,825 Amalgamation of District Council of Coonalpyn Downs, Peake District Council and Meningie District Council. Coorong LGA.png
Gerard Community Council, Gerard Community Council Winkie Murray Mallee 1974 86 33 96 Gerard LGA.png
Karoonda East Murray, District Council ofDistrict Council of Karoonda East Murray Karoonda Murray Mallee 1979 4,415 1,705 1,193 Amalgamation of District Council of Karoonda and District Council of East Murray. Karoonda East Murray LGA.png
Loxton Waikerie, District Council ofDistrict Council of Loxton Waikerie Loxton Murray Mallee 1997 7,957 3,072 4,612 Amalgamation of district councils of Loxton, Waikerie and Browns Well. Loxton Waikerie LGA.png
Mid Murray Council, Mid Murray Council Mannum Murray Mallee 1997 7,957 3,072 8,511 Amalgamation of district councils of Mannum, Morgan, Ridley-Truro and part of the District Council of Mount Pleasant. Mid Murray LGA.png
Murray Bridge, Rural City ofRural City of Murray Bridge Murray Bridge Murray Mallee 1977 1,832 707 20,971 Murray Bridge LGA.png
Renmark Paringa Council, Renmark Paringa Council Renmark Murray Mallee 1996 916 354 9,882 Amalgamation of Town of Renmark and the District Council of Paringa. Renmark Paringa LGA.png
Southern Mallee District Council, Southern Mallee District Council Pinnaroo Murray Mallee 6,000 2,317 2,189 Southern Mallee LGA.png

Southeast region[edit]

Local government area Council seat Region Year est. Land area Pop'n (2006 census) Notes Map
km² sq mi
Grant, District Council ofDistrict Council of Grant Mount Gambier Southeast 1996 1,904 735 8,652 Amalgamation of District Councils of Mount Gambier and Port MacDonnell. Grant LGA.png
Kingston District Council, Kingston District Council Kingston SE Southeast 1873 3,338 1,289 2,469 Renamed from Lacepede District Council in 2000. Kingston LGA.png
Mount Gambier, City ofCity of Mount Gambier Mount Gambier Southeast 308 119 21,256 Mt Gambier LGA.png
Naracoorte Lucindale Council, Naracoorte Lucindale Council Naracoorte Southeast 1993 4,517 1,744 8,489 Amalgamation of District Council of Naracoorte, District Council of Lucindale and the Corporate Township of Naracoorte. Naracoorte Lucindale LGA.png
Robe, District Council ofDistrict Council of Robe Robe Southeast 1869 1,091 421 1,480 Robe LGA.png
Tatiara District Council, Tatiara District Council Bordertown Southeast 1876 6,476 2,500 6,660 Tiatara LGA.png
Wattle Range Council, Wattle Range Council Millicent Southeast 1997 3,924 1,515 12,554 Amalgamation of district councils of Beachport, Millicent and Penola. Wattle Range LGA.png

Outback[edit]

Local government area Council seat Region Year est. Land area Pop'n (2006 census) Notes Map
km² sq mi
Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Umuwa Outback 1981 102,650 39,633 2,230 APY LGA.png
Coober Pedy, District Council ofDistrict Council of Coober Pedy Coober Pedy Outback 1987 78 30 1,913 Coober Pedy LGA.png
Maralinga Tjarutja, Maralinga Tjarutja Ceduna Outback 2006 102,863 39,716 105 MT LGA.png
Nepabunna Community Council, Nepabunna Community Council Nepabunna Outback 1998 76 29 53 Nepabunna LGA.png
Outback Communities Authority, Outback Communities Authority Port Augusta Outback 1978 624,339 241,059 3,959 Covers almost 60 percent of the state's area, mostly in the arid regions of the centre and north.
Roxby Downs, Municipal Council ofMunicipal Council of Roxby Downs Roxby Downs Outback 1982 110 42 4,484 Roxby Downs LGA.png
Yalata Community, Yalata Community Outback 1994 4,563 1,762 100 Australia-Map-SA-AC-Yalata.png

Maps[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Constitution Act 1934 – Section 64A". Australasian Legal Information Institute. Government of South Australia. 1934. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Council Maps". LGASA Official Site. Local Government Association of South Australia. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 

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