Regional Council of Goyder

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Regional Council of Goyder
South Australia
Goyder LGA.png
Location of the Regional Council of Goyder
Population 4,285 (2009)[1]
 • Density 0.63775/km2 (1.65177/sq mi)
Established 1997
Area 6,718.9 km2 (2,594.2 sq mi)
Mayor Peter Mattey
Council seat Burra
Region Yorke and Mid North [2]
State electorate(s) Stuart
Federal Division(s) Grey
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Website Regional Council of Goyder
LGAs around Regional Council of Goyder:
Northern Areas Council District Council of Peterborough
District Council of Clare and Gilbert Valleys Regional Council of Goyder Outback Communities Authority
Light Regional Council Mid Murray Council

The Regional Council of Goyder is a local government area located in the Yorke and Mid North region of South Australia.[2] The district is reliant on agriculture as a mainstay of its economy, with manufacturing and tourism also becoming prominent.


The region has a prominent history, as it encompasses the former District Councils of Burra Burra, which in 1851 had a reported population of 5,000 making it the seventh largest town in Australia and the largest inland settlement. Mining features prominently in the district's history, particularly the mining of copper.[3]

The district was originally governed by four independent councils, the District Councils of Burra Burra (formerly the Corporation of the Town of Burra and the Burra District Council), Eudunda, Hallet and Robertstown, all of which were established around the same time in which the copper deposits were mined heavily.[4]

The councils were amalgamated in 1997 to form the current council area.


The council logo consists of four hills, symbolising the four former amalgamated district councils, and also depict the ranges in the area. The symbols represent various aspects of the area :

  • Sheep – studs,oink wool and meat industry;
  • Mining – buildings – Burra mining history;
  • Wheat – cereal crops;
  • Windmill – pastoral areas and engineering works in the area.

The line under the symbols represents Goyder's Line (of rainfall) which dissects the Council area.[3]


In the past, the district was heavily reliant on mining industries as the integral part of its economy, but since the mines shut down many years ago, agriculture has become the prevailing industry.

Agriculture in the Goyder region is primarily associated with cereal crops, such as wheat and barley, as well as sheep grazing for merino wool. Dairy and beef cattle,piggeries, and chicken farms also play a minor part in the economic structure of the region.

More recently established industries include viticulture and locally grown and produced food products. Manufacturing interests are increasingly entering the area.[3]

Tourism makes up a part of the economy, with the town of Burra still a major attraction, known for its mining history and rural lifestyle.


The largest town and council seat of the district is Burra, with a number of smaller towns and geographic localities in the district. The full list is:

Aberdeen, Apoinga, Australia Plains, Baldina, Baldry, Booborowie, Bower, Brady Creek, Braemar (Station), Bright, Brownlow, Buchanan, Bundey, Burra, Burra Eastern Districts, Burra North, Canowie, Canowie Belt, Collinsville, Copperhouse, Emu Downs, Eudunda, Farrell Flat, Franklyn, Frankton, Geranium Plains, Gum Creek, Hallelujah Hills, Hallet, Hampden, Hanson, Julia, Ketchowla, Koonoona, Kooringa, Leighton, Mallet (Reservoir), Mongolata, Mount Bryan, Neales Flat, Neath Vale, Ngapala, North Booborwie, Pandappa, Peep Hill, Point Pass, Porter Lagoon, Robertstown, Rocky Plain, Sutherlands, Terowie, Thistle Beds, Tracy, Ulooloo, Whyte-Yarcowie, Willalo, Worlds End, Worlds End Creek, Yarcowie and Yongala Vale.[5]

Elected Members[edit]

Mayor: Peter Mattey

CEO: Mr J.P. Brak


Dunn, Peter – Councillor Ward: Eudunda

Gill, Adrian – Councillor Ward: Burra

Kellock, Jane – Deputy Mayor Ward: Burra

Mattey, Peter – Mayor Ward: Hallett

Neal, John – Councillor Ward: Robertstown

Rule, Blake – Councillor Ward: Eudunda

Venning, Darryl – Councillor Ward: Burra

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Yorke and Mid North SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Regional Council of Goyder, Council, retrieved 2007-06-03  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "a" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ Planning SA, Development Plan for RC of Goyder (PDF), retrieved 2007-05-30 
  5. ^ LGA of South Australia, RC of Goyder, retrieved 2007-05-30 

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Coordinates: 33°41′00″S 138°56′00″E / 33.6833333333°S 138.933333333°E / -33.6833333333; 138.933333333