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District Council of Franklin Harbour

District Council of Franklin Harbour
South Australia
Location of the District Council of Franklin Harbour
Population 1,355 (2009)[1]
 • Density 0.41273/km2 (1.0690/sq mi)
Established 1888
Area 3,283 km2 (1,267.6 sq mi)
Mayor Eddie Elleway
Council seat Cowell
Region Eyre and Western[2]
State electorate(s) Flinders
Federal Division(s) Grey
Website District Council of Franklin Harbour
LGAs around District Council of Franklin Harbour:
District Council of Kimba Outback Communities Authority City of Whyalla
District Council of Cleve District Council of Franklin Harbour

The District Council of Franklin Harbour is a local government area in South Australia on the Eyre Peninsula. Cowell is the major population centre of an agricultural district based on farming wheat and sheep, supplemented by a fishing and oyster farming industries. The district's coastal towns including Cowell and Lucky Bay attract large amounts of tourists during school holidays, with the new Spencer Gulf ferry service increasing traffic to theses areas since 2006.[3]


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


Franklin Harbour itself was first sighted by George Gawler in 1840.

The first settlers to the region arrived in 1853, with more following soon afterward. This led to the establishment of the District Council of Franklin Harbour in 1888, making it one of the older districts on the Eyre Peninsula.[4]


Cowell is the regions major town, but a number of smaller towns and more isolated localities are encompassed in the district. These include:

Carpa, Charleston, Coolanie, Elbow Hill, Franklin Harbour, Glynn, Hawker, Heggaton, James, Lucky Bay, Mangalo, McGregor, Midurnie, Miltalie, Miltalie North, Minbrie, Mitchellville, Mount Millar, Playford, Point Gibbon, Port Gibbon, Pondooma, Utera, Warren, Wilton and Yabmana.[5]


The town of Cowell has most of the normal facilities of a larger town including accommodation, supermarket, petrol station, hotel and a number of food supplying shops.

Educationally, the district is served by Cowell Area School, which includes a school-community library; with a district hospital and clinic to cover the district's health needs. A number of churches also serve the district.

There are a number of sporting clubs including cricket, football, netball, golf and bowls along with playing facilities for each sport. Cowell also has an all weather boat ramp for those with boats, as well as a jetty.[6]

Elected Members

Mayor: Eddie Elleway

CEO: Bruce Francis


  • Frank Wildman
  • Allan Zerna
  • Gavin Jackson
  • Tony Kaden
  • Robert Udy

Meetings of the District Council of Franklin Harbour occur at 11.00am on the second Wednesday of each month, with the meetings open to the public to observe, unless prior notice is given to the contrary.

See also


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Eyre Western SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Sea SA, Timetable, retrieved 2007-05-18 
  4. ^ District Council of Franklin Harbour, History, retrieved 2007-05-18 
  5. ^ Local Government of SA Association, DC of Franklin HarbourLGA Website , retrieved 2007-05-18 
  6. ^ District Council of Franklin Harbour, General information, retrieved 2007-05-18 

External links

  • Council website
  • LGA Website

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