City of Salisbury
South Australia
Coordinates34°46′02″S 138°35′09″E / 34.7673°S 138.5857°E / -34.7673; 138.5857
Population145,806 (LGA 2021)[1]
 • Density922.24/km2 (2,388.6/sq mi)
Established6 July 1964
Area158.1 km2 (61.0 sq mi)
MayorGillian Aldridge[2]
RegionNorthern Adelaide[3]
State electorate(s)Ramsay, King, Wright, Florey, Playford, Taylor
Federal division(s)
WebsiteCity of Salisbury
LGAs around City of Salisbury:
City of Playford
City of Salisbury City of Tea Tree Gully
City of Port Adelaide Enfield
Adelaide's local government areas and the City of Salisbury

The City of Salisbury is a local government area (LGA) located in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. Its neighbours are the City of Playford, City of Tea Tree Gully and City of Port Adelaide Enfield.

Encompassing an area of 158 square kilometres (61 square miles), the city is one of the most populous and fast-growing council areas in South Australia: the local government area's population in 2021, of 145,806,[4] was an increase of 32% over the 2001 population of 110,676[5] and of 13% over the 2011 population of 129,109.[6]

The City of Salisbury offices and the collocated community hub received the Australian Institute of Architects' Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture for 2020

The Local Government Area's main town centre – Salisbury City Centre – is on the main street of the town of Salisbury, John Street. The centre also hosts the council's principal office, council chambers and library, on Church Street.[7] There is also a centre at Mawson Lakes, a master-planned development that surrounds the large Sir Douglas Mawson Lake.


For millennia, the Aboriginal Kaurna people were custodians of the Adelaide Plains, including the Salisbury area.[8]

The township of Salisbury was laid out by John Harvey, who had migrated from Scotland in 1839. He named it after the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, near where his wife was born. Harvey purchased land beside the Little Para River in 1847 and in the following year sold allotments in the town. It became a service centre for surrounding farms and by 1881 the population was close to 500.[9]

The District Council of Salisbury was formed in 1933 by an amalgamation of parts of the abolished District Council of Munno Para West and the District Council of Yatala North.[10] The population of the township at incorporation was 2385,[9] but almost doubled from 1940 when the federal government built a munitions factory at Penfield, reaching 4160 by 1947.[9]

The town council was briefly renamed the District Council of Salisbury and Elizabeth in August 1963, but reverted to its former name after the Elizabeth area was severed to form the new town of Elizabeth in February 1964.

City status was granted as the City of Salisbury on 6 July 1964.[11]

Culture and events

Since 2005, the annual Salisbury Writers' Festival has been held in the city, co-hosted by the City of Salisbury, Writers SA and the Salisbury Library Service.[12]

The city has many recreational facilities and parks. The large St Kilda adventure playground, with its wheelchair-accessible picnic settings, barbecues, shaded area, toilets and parking, is very popular: there is a huge castle with slides and a draw bridge, a bouncy boomerang, flying fox, pirate ship, a large "volcano" with multiple slides, swings and a basketball court.[13] On the afternoons of most Sundays and public holidays, the nearby tramway museum displays all types of trams that operated in Adelaide and has unlimited tram rides included with admission.[14] The St Kilda Mangrove Trail and Interpretive Centre includes an elevated walkway over a flooded mangrove forest that meanders through tidal salt marshes, mangroves and sea grass channels to a lookout that has scenic views across the Barker Inlet.[15]

Sister City

The City of Salisbury has a sister cities relationship with:
Japan Mobara, Japan (since May 2002)[16]

Mobara Park in Mawson Lakes acknowledges their relationship.


Council consists of 16 Elected Members comprising a Mayor, and 15 Ward Councillors. The Council area is divided into seven wards, with two Counicllors elected from each ward.

Elections were last held in 2022 to cover the period to 2026. The City's Mayor and Councillors as of July 2023 (after removal of two Councillors) were as follows:[17]

Ward Party Affiliation Councillor First Elected Notes
Mayor   Labor Gillian Aldridge OAM 1988
Central   Labor Chad Buchanan Deputy Mayor
Vacant Severina Burner (independent) was removed from office at a special meeting of the council in June 2023 on account of non-attendance.[18][19]
East   Independent Johnny Chewparsad
  Independent Moni Mazzeo
South   Labor Lauren Brug
  Independent Alan Graham
Hills   Labor Peter Jensen
  Independent Shiralee Reardon
Para   Independent Kylie Grenfell
  Labor Sarah Ouk
North   Labor David Hood


Grace Bawden (independent) was removed from office at a special meeting of the council in June 2023 on account of non-attendance.[18][19]
West   Labor Beau Brug
  Independent Sharon McKell

Council chairpersons/mayors of Salisbury

Council chairpersons/mayors since 1933 have been as follows:[11][note 1]

Years Chairperson/Mayor
1933–1934 Henry John Wynter Griffiths[20]
1934–1935 Harold Lockheart Martin
1935–1939 Arnold Godfrey Jenkins
1939–1942 Harold Lockheart Martin
1942–1953 Andrew Thomas Goodall
1953–1955 Leslie Paul McIntyre
1955–1957 Keith Neil Davis
1957–1961 Harry Lyle Bowey
1961 Stewart Lynn Gilchrist
1962–1965 John Lawrence Lindblom
1965–1978 Harry Lyle Bowey
1978–1983 Ronald Thomas White
1983–1987 David Allen Plumridge
1987–1993 Patricia St Clair-Dixon
1993–1997 David Allen Plumridge
1997–2007 Tony Zappia
2008– Gillian Aldridge OAM

See also


  1. ^ Citation does not apply to Cr Griffiths, 1933–34.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Salisbury (Local Government Area)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Councillors". City of Salisbury. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Northern Adelaide SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "2021 Community Profiles: Salisbury (Local Government Areas)". 2021 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 17 January 2024. Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ "Salisbury (C)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2024.
  6. ^ "Salisbury (C)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2024.
  7. ^ "Community". City of Salisbury. 2024. Retrieved 17 January 2024.
  8. ^ The Kaurna people: Aboriginal people of the Adelaide Plains: an Aboriginal studies course for secondary students in years 8-10. Education Department of South Australia. 1989. p. 266.
  9. ^ a b c "Our History". City of Salisbury. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ a b Matthews, Penny (1986), South Australia, the civic record, 1836-1986, Adelaide: Wakefield Press, ISBN 9780949268822
  12. ^ Salisbury Writers' Festival (Salisbury, SA); Salisbury (SA) Corporation; South Australian Writers' Centre (2010–2020), Salisbury Writers' Festival: [program – catalogue entry for electronic version], City of Salisbury, retrieved 8 February 2021
  13. ^ "St Kilda adventure playground". City of Salisbury. 2024. Retrieved 18 January 2024.
  14. ^ "Location and facilities". The Tramway Museum, St Kilda. 2024. Retrieved 18 January 2024.
  15. ^ "Activities". The Tramway Museum, St Kilda. 2024. Retrieved 18 January 2024.
  16. ^ "Our Sister City". City of Salisbury. Retrieved 7 April 2024.
  17. ^ "Search result for 'Salisbury' Mayor, Central Ward plus 6 other wards". Election Commission South Australia. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 18 January 2024.
  18. ^ a b "Minutes of special council meeting held in the council chamber, 34 Church Street, Salisbury on 13 June 2023" (PDF). City of Salisbury. 13 June 2023. Retrieved 19 January 2024.
  19. ^ a b McLoughlin, Chris (14 June 2023). "Controversial SA councillors removed at special meeting". ABC News. Retrieved 24 July 2023.
  20. ^ "Council records" (Document). Salisbury: City of Salisbury. 2022.