Wattle Range Council

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Wattle Range Council
South Australia
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Position of the Wattle Range Council
Coordinates 37°27′55″S 140°30′00″E / 37.4653°S 140.4999°E / -37.4653; 140.4999Coordinates: 37°27′55″S 140°30′00″E / 37.4653°S 140.4999°E / -37.4653; 140.4999
Population 11,460 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 2.9209/km2 (7.565/sq mi)
Established 1997
Area 3,923.5 km2 (1,514.9 sq mi)
Mayor Peter Gandolfi
Council seat Millicent
Region Limestone Coast[2]
State electorate(s) MacKillop, Mount Gambier
Federal Division(s) Barker
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Website Wattle Range Council
LGAs around Wattle Range Council:
District Council of Robe Naracoorte Lucindale Council
Wattle Range Council Glenelg (Vic)
District Council of Grant

Wattle Range Council is a local government area in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia. It stretches from the coast at Beachport east to the Victorian border. The estimated population of the council area is about 11,669 people.[3]

The council is divided into four wards; Kintore, Riddoch, Sorby Adams and Corcoran wards, with two or more councillors representing each ward. The council seat is located at Millicent.[4]


The aboriginal people of the region were composed of five powerful tribes, each occupying its own territory which was strictly defined, and territorial rights guarded jealously. Each had different dialects and the names of the tribes were Booandik, Pinegunga, Mootatunga, Wichitunga and Polingunga, of which the first was the most powerful.[5] The tract of country occupied by the Booandik extended from the mouth of the Glenelg River to Rivoli Bay North (Beachport) for about 30 miles inland.

European settlers first moved into the area in the late 1840s, and by the 1860s opened up tracts of land for farming cereal crops. Beachport became an important port during the 1880s, further increasing the population of the area.[5] The first local government areas were set up around the three towns of Millicent, Penola and Beachport in the late 19th century, with each operating independently of each other until 1997.

The Wattle Range Council was formed in 1997 from the amalgamation of the District Council of Beachport, the District Council of Millicent and the District Council of Penola.[6][7]


The council includes the towns and localities of Beachport, Burrungule, Comaum, Coonawarra, Furner, German Flat, Glencoe, Glenroy, Hatherleigh, Kalangadoo, Kangaroo Inn, Koorine, Krongart, Maaoupe, Magarey, Millicent, Moerlong, Monbulla, Mount Burr, Mount McIntyre, Nangwarry, Penola, Rendelsham, Rocky Camp, Sebastopol, Short, Southend, Thornlea, Wattle Range and Wattle Range East, and parts of Bool Lagoon, Bray, Canunda, Clay Wells, Nora Creina, Tantanoola and Wepar.[8]


The local economy is dependent on wide range of activities, with agriculture, fishing, forestry and tourism making up the major components.

Sheep and cattle farming are the prominent agricultural venture, with dairy farming common also. Cereal cropping is also prevalent in the nutrient-rich soils of the South East.[9]

Viticulture is well established in the council area, with one of South Australia's premier wine growing regions, the Coonawarra wine region, located in its bounds, with rich terra rossa soil aiding the wine quality.[10]

Forestry and milling have also been important to the district, with processing plants at Nangwarry and Millicent.

Tourism is a diverse, growing aspect of the economy, with seaside towns such as Beachport attracting tourists for the seaside atmosphere, and others such as Coonawarra, for the wine growing industry.[11] A niche tourism activity is cave diving in the water-filled caves and sinkholes present in the southern part of the council's area as well as in the adjoining local government area of the District Council of Grant. This activity attracts cave divers from around the globe. Popular sites include Fossil Cave, Pines and Tank Cave.[12][13]

Elected Members[edit]

Ward Elected Members Position
N/A[14]   Peter Gandolfi Mayor
Corcoran[14]   Glenn Brown Councillor
  Sharon Cox Councillor
  John Drew Councillor
  Gwenda Lawlor Councillor
  Dennis Muhovics Councillor
Kintore [14]   Peter Dunnicliff Councillor
  Kevin McGrath Councillor
Riddoch [14]   Dean Burrow Councillor
  Rob Thornett Councillor
Sorby Adams [14]   Robert Dycer Deputy Mayor[15]
  Dale Price Councillor

Wattle Range Council has a directly-elected Mayor.[14] A Councillor is appointed by Council as Deputy Mayor at the start of each term in office.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Limestone Coast SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Wattle Range Council". Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Manning Index, South East, retrieved 18 June 2007 
  6. ^ Wattle Range Council, Home, archived from the original on 28 August 2007, retrieved 18 June 2007 
  7. ^ "Thursday, 13 February 1997" (PDF). The Government Gazette of South Australia. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Location SA Map Viewer". Government of South Australia. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Wattle Range Council, Primary Industries, archived from the original on 11 August 2007, retrieved 18 June 2007 
  10. ^ WineDiva, Coonawarra region, retrieved 18 June 2007 
  11. ^ Wattle Range Tourism, Home, retrieved 18 June 2007 
  12. ^ "The Pines – 5L061". Richard "Harry" Harris. Archived from the original on 28 February 2005. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Tank Cave 5L230". Richard "Harry" Harris. Retrieved 9 October 2013. [dead link]
  14. ^ a b c d e f "Election Results 2014" (PDF). Local Government Association of South Australia. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  15. ^ Elected as Councillor and appointed by Council as Deputy Mayor

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