Tatiara District Council

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Tatiara District Council
South Australia
Tiatara LGA.png
Location of Tatiara District Council in blue
Population 6,631 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 1.02393/km2 (2.6520/sq mi)
Established 1876
Area 6,476 km2 (2,500.4 sq mi)
Mayor Graham Excell [2]
Council seat Bordertown
Region Limestone Coast[3]
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.[4]

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


It includes the towns and localities of Bangham, Bordertown, Bordertown South, Brimbago, Buckingham, Cannawigara, Carew, Custon, Keith, Kongal, Laffer, Lowan Vale, Makin, McCallum, Mount Charles, Mundulla, Mundulla West, Shaugh, Swede Flat, Padthaway, Petherick, Pine Hill, Pooginagoric, Senior, Sherwood, Western Flat, Willalooka, Wirrega and Wolseley, and part of Ngarkat.[5]


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.[6]

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.


Ward Councillor Notes
Mayor [2]   Graham Excell
Unsubdivided [2]   David Edwards
  Liz Goossens
  Miles Hannemann
  Jamie Jackson
  Ken McInerney
  Robert Mock Deputy Mayor
  Mark Murphy
  Maureen Oliver
  Diana Penniment

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Elected Members". Tatiara District Council. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Limestone Coast SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Historical Research Pty Ltd & Austral Archaeology, Tatiara Heritage Survey: Report to the District Council of Tatiara (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2007, retrieved 2007-04-28 
  5. ^ "Location SA Map Viewer". Government of South Australia. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Tatiara District Council, Tatiara Tourism, archived from the original (– Scholar search) on 2007-03-20, retrieved 2007-04-28 

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