Tatiara District Council

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Tatiara District Council
South Australia
Tiatara LGA.png
Location of Tatiara District Council in blue
Population 6,660 (?)[citation needed]
 • Density 1.0284/km2 (2.6636/sq mi)
Established 1876
Area 6,476 km2 (2,500.4 sq mi)
Mayor Graham Excell[1]
Council seat Bordertown
Region Limestone Coast[2]
State electorate(s) MacKillop
Federal Division(s) Barker
Website Tatiara District Council
LGAs around Tatiara District Council:
The Coorong District Council Southern Mallee District Council
Tatiara District Council West Wimmera (Vic)
Kingston District Council Naracoorte Lucindale Council

Tatiara District Council is a local government area located in south eastern South Australia. The name Tatiara is said to mean "the good country", a phrase which dates back to the area's first inhabitants. It is also one of the largest local government areas in South Australia at 6,476 km2 (2,500 sq mi). The district's economy is based primarily on agriculture, with cereal crops such as wheat, barley and oats and with livestock such as sheep, cattle and pigs prominent.


The Tatiara country was opened up by European settlers in the 1840s for grazing purposes, with the township of Bordertown established in 1852, slowly expanding as more graziers moved to the area.

After significant growth in the area, the District Council of Tatiara was formed in 1876. In 1884, a neighbouring council was established, the District Council of Wirrega; however this was short lived and in 1888, it was amalgamated into the Tatiara District Council.[3]

In the years following, a number of new towns including Keith and Padthaway were established, and grew to their current sizes.


The district encompasses a number of towns including the council seat Bordertown. The full list of towns is:

With other a number of smaller areas including: Banealla, Bangham, Brecon, Brimbago, Buckingham, Cangara, Cannawigara, Carew, Custon, Geegeela, Jack's Camp, Keith, Kongal, Lowan Vale, Makin, Moonkoora, Mount Rescue, Nalang, Pooginagoric, Sherwood, Swedes Flat, Wampoony, Western Flat, Willalooka and Wirrega.


The district has most of the usual facilities including a range of facilities for tourists and travellers. Accommodation is available in the major towns in the form of hotels and Caravan Parks with a variety of shops such as supermarkets, bakeries and roadhouses for supplies.[4]

The district possesses a range of sporting facilities including a golf course, basketball and tennis courts and a football and cricket oval, with clubs established for those sports. Health facilities include a hospital and dentist, with the area also having a primary and high school.

Elected Members[edit]

As of 2012, the council's elected members were as follows:[1]

Mayor: Graham Excell


  • Jamie Jackson
  • Liz Goossens
  • Maureen Oliver
  • David Edwards
  • Mark Murphy
  • Robert Mock
  • Diana Penniment
  • Miles Hannemann
  • Ken McInerney

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Elected Members". Tatiara District Council. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Limestone Coast SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Historical Research Pty Ltd & Austral Archaeology, Tatiara Heritage Survey: Report to the District Council of Tatiara (PDF), retrieved 2007-04-28 [dead link]
  4. ^ Tiatara District Council, Tatiara Touism, archived from the original (– Scholar search) on 2007-03-20, retrieved 2007-04-28 [dead link]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°18′41″S 140°46′25″E / 36.3113888889°S 140.773611111°E / -36.3113888889; 140.773611111