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Mount Barker - Wistow and District

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Mount Barker - Wistow and District is 14,520, with a population density of 2.08 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Mount Barker - Wistow & District is bounded by the South Eastern Freeway in the north, the locality of Mount Barker Summit, Springs Road, Back Callington Road, Lakeview Road, the locality of Petwood, Frames Firetrack and Klenke Road in the east, Wellington Road and the locality of Bugle Ranges in the south, and the localities of Echunga and Paechtown in the west.

Name origin

Mount Barker is named after Captain Collet Barker, who was killed by Aborigines while exploring near the mouth of the Murray River in 1831.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1839, with land used mainly for farming. Growth took place from the 1840s when a flour mill was established. Expansion continued through to the 1890s, with many early buildings still remaining in the Mount Barker township today. Significant development occurred from the 1950s. In recent years improved access to Adelaide has resulted in significant population increases. Rapid growth took place from the early 1990s, with the population almost doubling between 1991 and 2011 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Mount Barker - Wistow & District encompasses the township of Mount Barker and rural-residential areas, particularly in the south and east.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Mount Barker Central Business District, Mt Barker Homemaker Centre, TAFE SA (Mount Barker Campus), Council offices, Mount Barker District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, The Mountain Pool, SteamRanger Heritage Railway, Mt Barker-Hahndorf Golf Club, Laratinga Wetlands, Totness Recreation Park, Dunn & Bickle Park, Keith Stephenson Park, Mount Barker Showgrounds, Mount Barker Recreation Centre, Mount Barker Skate Park, Mount Barker Rage Cage and a number of schools.

Included areas

Mount Barker - Wistow & District includes the localities of Mount Barker, Mount Barker Springs and Wistow.