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Wakefield Regional Council
South Australia
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Location of Wakefield Regional Council
Population: 6886
Established: 1 July 1997
Area: 3469.4 km² (1,339.5 sq mi)
Mayor: Rodney Reid
Council Seat: Balaklava
Region: Yorke and Mid North
State District: Frome, Goyder
Federal Division: Wakefield, Grey
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Website: http://www.wakefieldrc.sa.gov.au/
LGAs around Wakefield Regional Council:
Barunga West Port Pirie Northern Areas
Yorke Peninsula Wakefield Regional Council Clare and Gilbert Valleys
Gulf St Vincent Adelaide Plains Light
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Offices in Balaklava
Wakefield Regional Council map, 2015
Map of the boundaries of Wakefield Regional Council

Wakefield Regional Council is a local government area in the Yorke and Mid North region of South Australia. The council seat is at Balaklava.

Geography

The Wakefield Regional Council includes the towns and localities of Avon, Balaklava, Barunga Gap, Beaufort, Blyth, Bowillia, Bowmans, Brinkworth, Bumbunga, Burnsfield, Condowie, Dalkey, Erith, Everard Central, Goyder, Hart, Hope Gap, Hoskin Corner, Inkerman, Kallora, Kybunga, Lake View, Lochiel, Marola, Mount Templeton, Nantawarra, Owen, Pinery, Port Wakefield, Proof Range, Rochester, Saints, Snowtown, Stockyard Creek, Stow, Watchman and Whitwarta, and parts of Alma, Barabba, Bute, Grace Plains, Halbury, Hamley Bridge, Hoyleton, Long Plains, Mundoora, Salter Springs, South Hummocks, Wild Horse Plains, and Wokurna.

On the west side of the Wakefield Regional Council's area is the coastal fringe along the north east of Gulf St Vincent and the Hummocks and Barunga ranges. The area spans wide fertile plains to the north Mount Lofty Ranges on its eastern border. Immediately to the east of the Hummocks and Barunga ranges are a series are low-lying salt lakes, of which Lake Bumbunga is the largest. The Wakefield River, from which the council name derives, flows from east to west across the council region approximately a third of the way from south to north border.

History

The Wakefield Regional Council came into being on 1 July 1997, as a result of the amalgamation of the former District Council of Blyth-Snowtown and the District Council of Wakefield Plains.

The amalgamation occurred when much of the boundary reform of the local government was coming from the State Government as a result of various provisions contained in the "Local Government Act 1934". As a result, the number of local councils in South Australia was reduced from 118 to 68 by the deadline of 30 June 1999.

The area falling under Wakefield Regional Council has been much affected by local government boundary changes that have taken place since the early 1980s. Before 1983, five district councils served the area currently covered by the council.

Transport

The Wakefield Regional Council is well served by a developed transport and communication networks. The main roads, which include the Princes Highway, are all sealed and there are well maintained minor gravel roads.

There is no rail service for passengers in the council area, but it is traversed by the Adelaide-Port Augusta railway line.

Demographics

The population of Wakefield Regional Council is 6,756 (2009 estimate).

The council recorded a net decrease in its population of 4.2% between 1991-2001, about 27 people per annum. In 2001, the median age of the population was 39, an increase of 5 years since 1991, indicating a trend towards an aging population.

The council's geographical area covers 3,469.4 square kilometres (1,339.5 sq mi) in which 2,695 kilometres (1,675 mi) of road existed at 30 June 2002. As at 1 July 2005, the total assessed value within the council area was $1,354,733,680 (capital value).


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