District Council of Elliston

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District Council of Elliston
South Australia
Elliston LGA.png
Location of the District Council of Elliston
Population 1,045 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 0.1608/km2 (0.416/sq mi)
Established 1888
Area 6,500 km2 (2,509.7 sq mi)
Chairman Kym Callaghan [2]
Council seat Elliston
Region Eyre Western[3]
State electorate(s) Flinders
Federal Division(s) Grey
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Website District Council of Elliston
LGAs around District Council of Elliston:
Streaky Bay Wudinna Kimba
Southern Ocean District Council of Elliston Cleve
Southern Ocean Lower Eyre Peninsula Tumby Bay

The District Council of Elliston is a local government area covering around 6500 km2 on the Western Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Established in 1888, the district has a diverse economy, with agriculture, commercial fishing and tourism making up the majority of the local economy.


The council was established by the District Councils Act 1887 on 5 January 1888. The bounds were defined in the act as "Comprising the whole of the County of Musgrave, and portion of the County of Robinson south of a true east line from the most northern point of Venus Bay to the east boundary of the said county."[4] This meant that the lands defined as the Hundred of Downer, Hundred of Wallis, most of the Hundred of Wright and an unincorporated area approximately 100 square miles between the three (proposed to be Hundred of McBeath but never gazetted) outside Musgrave county were included in the north west of the council area.


The district encompasses the main towns of Elliston, Lock, Port Kenny and Venus Bay, as well as a number of smaller towns and localities, including Bramfield, Colton, Coolillie, Kappawanta, Mount Joy, Mount Wedge, Murdinga, Palkagee, Polda, Sheringa, Talia, Tooligie and Ulyerra, and part of Hambidge and Mount Damper.[5]


The district's economy relies on a combination of agriculture and seafood harvesting. Cereal crops and sheep are the main focuses of farming, with abalone and crayfish being important to professional fishermen.

The district has two health facilities; A hospital at Elliston and a medical centre located in Lock. Three schools exist in the district, as well as a community library in Lock. As with most districts on the Eyre Peninsula, there are a variety of sporting clubs and a number of jetties for recreational fishermen.


Ward Councillor Notes
Unsubdivided [2]
  Dave Allchurch Deputy Chairman
  Malcolm Hancock
  Peter Hitchcock
  Creagh McGlasson
  Grant Rumbelow
  John Sheridan
  Michael Werchiwski


The Meetings of Council are held on the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings commence at 9.30 am and include a ten-minute question time which is open to the public.

External links

  • District Council of Elliston


  • Gillman, Dianne. The Custodians. ISBN 0-7316-3363-6.
  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Elliston (DC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Elected Members". District Council of Elliston. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Eyre Western SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  4. ^ "The District Councils Act 1887 No. 419". Government of South Australia. p. 51. Retrieved 13 October 2017 – via Flinders University.
  5. ^ "Location SA Map Viewer". Government of South Australia. Retrieved 15 February 2016.

Coordinates: 33°39′00″S 134°53′00″E / 33.65°S 134.883333°E / -33.65; 134.883333

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