Northern Areas Council
South Australia
Location of the Northern Areas Council
Coordinates33°12′14″S 138°36′20″E / 33.2038888889°S 138.605555556°E / -33.2038888889; 138.605555556
Population4,559 (LGA 2021)[1]
Area3,070 km2 (1,185.3 sq mi)
MayorSue Scarman[2]
Council seatJamestown
RegionYorke and Mid North[3]
State electorate(s)Frome, Stuart
Federal division(s)Grey
WebsiteNorthern Areas Council
LGAs around Northern Areas Council:
Mount Remarkable Orroroo Carrieton Peterborough
Port Pirie Northern Areas Council Goyder
Wakefield Clare and Gilbert Valleys Goyder

Northern Areas Council is a local government area in the Yorke and Mid North region of South Australia.[3] The council seat and main council offices are at Jamestown, while the council also maintains district offices at Gladstone and Spalding.[4]


Most of the region was first settled in the early 1840s, only a few years after the settlement of Adelaide. Several explorers had passed through the area on their way to more remote places, including Edward John Eyre and John Horrocks.

The Northern Areas Council came into effect on 3 May 1997, when the District Council of Rocky River, the District Council of Spalding and the District Council of Jamestown merged. Rocky River and Jamestown had themselves previously been subject to a number of amalgamations, and had a large number of predecessor municipalities; in contrast, the Spalding council had a much different history, as prior to the merger, it had been an independent municipality predating the landmark District Councils Act 1887.[5][6][7]


The district encompasses a number of towns and localities, including Andrews, Beetaloo Valley, Belalie East, Belalie North, Broughton River Valley, Bundaleer Gardens, Bundaleer North, Caltowie, Caltowie North, Caltowie West, Euromina, Georgetown, Gladstone, Gulnare, Hacklins Corner, Hornsdale, Jamestown, Laura, Mannanarie, Mayfield, Narridy, Spalding, Washpool, West Bundaleer and Yacka, and part of Appila, Canowie Belt, Huddleston, Stone Hut, Tarcowie and Yatina.[8]


Ward Councillor Notes
Belalie[2]   Fiona Hockey
  Hank Langes
  Glan Moore
  Tom Malone
Rocky River[2]   Denise Higgins Deputy Mayor
  Sue Scarman Mayor
  John Barberien
Broughton[2]   Keith Pluckrose
Yackamoorundie[2]   Ian Pomerenke

See also


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Northern Areas (Local Government Area)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c d e "Councillors". Northern Areas Council. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Yorke and Mid North SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Contact Council". Northern Areas Council. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Laura". Northern Areas Council. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Jamestown". Northern Areas Council. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  7. ^ Parliament, South Australia (1887). "The District Councils Act 1887 No. 419". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Location SA Map Viewer". Government of South Australia. Retrieved 16 February 2016.