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District Council of Robe

District Council of Robe
South Australia
Location of the District Council of Robe in blue
Population 1,480 (2009)[1]
 • Density 1.356/km2 (3.513/sq mi)
Established 1869
Area 1,091.1 km2 (421.3 sq mi)
Mayor Peter Risely
Council seat Robe
Region Limestone Coast[2]
State electorate(s) MacKillop
Federal Division(s) Barker
Website District Council of Robe
LGAs around District Council of Robe:
Kingston District Council
District Council of Robe Naracoorte Lucindale Council
Wattle Range Council
Offices in Robe.

The District Council of Robe is a local government area located in the Limestone Coast area of South Australia. The main offices are in Robe, the town after which the council is named. The district relies on a mix of agriculture, fisheries and tourism as major components of its economy.


  • History 1
  • Economy 2
  • Localities 3
  • Elected Members 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The district's coastline, like much of South Australia, was explored by Captains Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin in 1802, with Baudin initially naming it after Admiral de Guichen. The first major town was officially founded and named 'Robe' by the South Australian Government in 1846 after Major Frederick Holt Robe, Governor of South Australia who had selected the site in 1846.[3]

It was the first major town to be established in the south east of the colony. Greytown on Rivoli Bay had been surveyed a few months earlier and was the site of a small settlement but Robe was the first administrative center and was the focus of public and commercial life in the area.[4]

The 'District Council of Robe' was proclaimed on 28 October 1869 to service the growing community at that time.[5]

By the 1880s, the district began a slow decline, and increasingly relied on its fishing and agricultural industries as its status as a major port and industrial hub decreased.[3]


The district still is heavily reliant on the fishing and agricultural industries, with Rock lobster one of the main catches in the area.

The district has a variety of agricultural industries, with cereal crops, beef cattle and sheep prominent. The district also has a thriving wine industry, lying near the Coonawarra wine region.[6]

Tourism has been an increasingly important part of the economy, with up to 15000 tourists every year.[6] The town has a large number of historic buildings, as well as natural attractions. The town is listed as one of the State's historical towns in the Heritage Conservation Branch's Master Interpretation Plan.


Robe is the only major town of the district, with a number of smaller towns also encompassed in the district. The full list is:

Boatswains Point, Bray, Comung, Greenways, Konetta, Lake Eliza, Mount Benson, Noolook Forest, Nora Creina, Robe and Woodleigh.[7]

Elected Members

Mayor: William Peden

CEO: Rob Kay


  • Rino Dell'Antonio
  • David Loxton
  • Jenny Mathews
  • Rolf Petrovic
  • Peter Riseley
  • Ned Wright

See also


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Limestone Coast SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Flinders Ranges Research, Robe, retrieved 2007-06-10 
  4. ^ District Council of Robe, History, archived from the original on 2007-08-30, retrieved 2007-06-10 
  5. ^ SA Planning, Robe DC Development Plan, retrieved 2007-06-10 
  6. ^ a b District Council of Robe, Statistics, archived from the original on 2007-08-30, retrieved 2007-06-10 
  7. ^ LGA of SA, District Council of Robe, retrieved 2007-06-10 

External links

  • District Council of Robe website
  • LGA website - District Council of Robe

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