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Greater Mount Barker

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Greater Mount Barker is 23,950, with a population density of 1.63 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Greater Mount Barker is bounded by the Adelaide Hills Council area and Military Road in the north, Military Road, the Old Princes Highway, the locality of Kanmantoo, the South Eastern Freeway, 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, Paechtown and Hahndorf in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1839, with land used mainly for grazing and farming. Growth took place from the 1840s when a flour mill was established in Mount Barker. Expansion continued through to the 1890s, aided by the opening of the railway line. 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

Greater Mount Barker encompasses the townships of Mount Barker, Littlehampton and Nairne, and surrounding rural-residential areas.

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, Nairne Golf Club, Platform 1 Heritage Farm Railway, Country Fire Service State Training Centre, Laratinga Wetlands, Totness Recreation Park, Anembo Park, Beythorne Park, Coppins Bush Reserve, Dunn & Bickle Park, Keith Stephenson Park, Matthew Smillie Reserve, Mick Murphy Park, Miels Park, Mount Barker Showgrounds, Mount Barker Recreation Centre, Mount Barker Skate Park, Nairne Recreation Grounds, Turners Bush Reserve, Mount Barker Rage Cage, Howard Vineyard, Nairne Creek and numerous schools.

Included areas

Greater Mount Barker includes the localities of Blakiston, Brukunga, Dawesley, Littlehampton, Mount Barker, Mount Barker Junction, Mount Barker Springs, Nairne, Totness and Wistow, and the District Council of Mount Barker parts of the localities of Hay Valley and Oakbank. Parts of the localities of Hay Valley and Oakbank are located in the Adelaide Hills Council area.