District Council of Grant

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The District Council of Grant is the most southern local government area in South Australia.  Situated on the south east coast it is bounded to the south and west by the Southern Ocean, the Victorian Border to the east and the Wattle Range Council to the north. The Council encircles the local government area of the City of Mount Gambier, and is located 450km from Adelaide and Melbourne.

The Council is predominantly rural with a number of small townships, serves a population of 7,855 residents and covers an area of 1,898 square kilometres.  The area contains some of the richest and most productive agricultural land in South Australia.     

Dairying, beef, and sheep production, wool, seed and grain production and horticulture are the predominant agricultural activities.

The Port MacDonnell fishing industry, in particular the rock lobster industry, is a significant factor in the economy of the area. Forestry production and related secondary industries of logging, milling and production of paper are major economic and employment generating activities.

Features such as the spectacular coastline and the natural and built heritage, including Canunda National Park and Lake Bonney, make the area a popular and growing tourist destination and a recreational playground for local, national and international visitors.

The Council provides a range of support and development services as well as administrative and regulatory functions to improve the quality of life for all people who live, work, do business, enjoy leisure and visit the community and its environs.

Council services provided cover a range of community needs, and include:

    • Road construction and maintenance
    • Community Services (Libraries, sport and recreation, aged care)
    • Septic Tank Effluent Schemes
    • Economic development
    • Town Planning and Building
    • Environmental management
    • Administration

Council has access to a range of demographic data that can be made available to community and business groups.  A Community Profile is currently under development and will be uploaded soon.   A snapshot from ABS 2011 statistics show the following for the District Council of Grant:

    • Area: 1,898 sq Kms
    • People: 7,855 - Male: 4,144; Female: 3,711; Median Age: 41 years; Families: 2,185; Av Children per family: 1.9
    • Dwellings: 3,633
    • Av people per household: 2.7
    • Median weekly household income: $1,184
    • Median monthly mortgage repayments: $1,300
    • Median weekly rent: $135
    • Av motor vehicles per household: 2.4

The District Council of Grant is a progressive and caring Council, providing responsible leadership, sustainable development, and cost effective quality services for residents within its resources.

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