Adelaide Plains Council

The Adelaide Plains Council (formerly the District Council of Mallala) is a local government area in South Australia. It consists of a largely rural region along the Gulf St Vincent, covering a total area of approximately 926 km2.[4] The council seat lies at Mallala, but it also maintains a service centre at Two Wells.[5]

Adelaide Plains Council
South Australia
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Location of the Adelaide Plains Council
Population8,801 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density9.4421/km2 (24.4550/sq mi)
Established1935, renamed 15 April 1937
Area932.1 km2 (359.9 sq mi)
MayorMark Wasley [2]
Council seatMallala
RegionBarossa Light and Lower North[3]
State electorate(s)Goyder, Taylor
Federal Division(s)Grey
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WebsiteAdelaide Plains Council
LGAs around Adelaide Plains Council:
Wakefield Regional Council
Adelaide Plains Council Light Regional Council
City of Playford


Both the Light River and the Gawler River pass through the district and the rich fertile plains are ideal for vegetable production, the majority of which is sent to the nearby Adelaide markets. As well as the general agricultural pursuits of grain growing and storage and running livestock, other major industries in the region include the livestock market / sale yards, metal fabrication and manufacture of industrial equipment.


The District Council of Light was proclaimed on 21 March 1935, having stemmed from the amalgamation of the District Council of Grace, the District Council of Dublin and the District Council of Port Gawler. It is unrelated to either the earlier or later councils also named District Council of Light, both of which were predecessors of the adjacent Light Regional Council.[6]

In 1936, the council petitioned the state government to have its name changed citing an existing problem with correspondence intended for the Council being addressed to towns situated outside its boundaries in the cadastral unit of the Hundred of Light and that the recent creation of the electoral district of Light which was also outside of its boundaries would “cause further confusion.” The change was granted and the renaming of the council as the District Council of Mallala was gazetted on 15 April 1937.[7][8]

The first white settlement of the area dates back to the Port Gawler Special Survey in 1839. Originally the land was inhabited by the Kaurna people whose territory extended in a narrow corridor along the eastern shore of Gulf St Vincent; Cape Jervis to Port Wakefield; inland to near Crystal Brook, Snowtown, Blyth, Hoyleton, Hamley Bridge, Clarendon, Gawler, and Myponga; from the east side of the Hummock Range to Red Hill. Inland the stringy bark forests of the Mount Lofty Ranges marked their boundary.

Throughout the district large tracts of surveyed land were allotted to pastoralists who farmed mostly grain and sheep. The early produce of the area was often shipped out on ketches from the Ports of Gawler and Parham.

In 1986, the council was reported as having an area of 926.7 square kilometres (357.8 sq mi) and a population of about 3940 with most population growth occurring in the southern part of the council area around the town of Two Wells. The principal industries were agriculture and salt mining with the former consisting of market gardening in the vicinity of the Gawler River with the remainder of the district being used for cereal growing, stock grazing and dairying, and with the latter being concerned with salt extraction via evaporation at sites along the coastline.[9]

In September 2016, the council's name was changed to be Adelaide Plains Council,[10] reflecting its extent and location on the northern Adelaide Plains.


The Adelaide Plains Council includes the towns and localities of Calomba, Dublin, Fischer, Korunye, Lewiston, Lower Light, Mallala, Middle Beach, Parham, Port Gawler, Redbanks, Thompson Beach, Two Wells, Webb Beach and Windsor, and parts of Barabba, Grace Plains, Long Plains, Reeves Plains and Wild Horse Plains.[11]


Ward Councillor Notes
Mayor [2]   Mark Wasley
Mallala/Dublin Ward [2]   John Lush
  Marcus Strudwicke Deputy Mayor
  Terry-Anne Keen
Lewiston Ward [2]   Brian Parker
  Carmine DiTroia
  Margherita Panella
Two Wells Ward [2]   Frank Maiolo
  Joe Danielle
  Kay Boon

The Adelaide Plains Council has a directly-elected mayor.[12]

Former chairmenEdit

The following persons were elected to serve as chairman of the council for the following terms:[13]

  • Edmund Albert Charles Brooks (1935–51)
  • Arthur David Prime (1951–55)
  • Albert Sydney Helps (1956–62)
  • Leslie Rupert Hart (1962–64)
  • Maxwell Howard Marshman (1964–70)
  • Allan Reginald Hart (1970–75)
  • Roy Arthur Bache (1975–79)
  • Lancelot Arthur Davies (1979–82)
  • Leon George Broster (1982–86)
  • Bill Forby (1986-89)
  • Ian O'Loan (1989-93)
  • Mark Cody (1993-94)
  • Ian O’Loan (1994-97)
  • Michael Picard (1997-2000)
  • Margaret Gameau (2000-2006)
  • Marcus Strudwicke (2006-2007)
  • Steve Kennedy (2007-2009)
  • Marcus Strudwicke (2009-2014)
  • Duncan Kennington (2014-2016)
  • Tony Flaherty(2016-2018)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mallala (DC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 April 2018.  
  2. ^ a b c d e "Council Members". Adelaide Plains Council. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Barossa, Light and Lower North SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Our Region". District Council of Mallala. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Contact us". District Council of Mallala. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  6. ^ Marsden, Susan (2012). "A History of South Australian Councils to 1936" (PDF). Local Government Association of South Australia. p. 41. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  7. ^ Matthews, Penny (1986), South Australia, the civic record, 1836-1986, Wakefield Press, p. 306, ISBN 978-0-949268-82-2
  8. ^ "Advertising". The Advertiser (Adelaide). South Australia. 8 January 1937. p. 3. Retrieved 3 October 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ Matthews, Penny (1986), South Australia, the civic record, 1836-1986, Wakefield Press, pp. 308–309, ISBN 978-0-949268-82-2
  10. ^ "DISTRICT COUNCIL OF MALLALA, Council Name Change" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia: 3874. 24 September 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Location SA Map Viewer". Government of South Australia. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Election Results 2018". Electoral Commission of South Australia. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  13. ^ Matthews, Penny (1986), South Australia, the civic record, 1836-1986, Wakefield Press, p. 307, ISBN 978-0-949268-82-2

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