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Southern District

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Southern District is 15,554, with a population density of 4.40 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Southern District is bounded by Tuitt Road, Old Coach Road and Thomas Road in the north, Main South Road, Adey Road, Culley Road and Hahn Road in the east, Main South Road and the District Council of Yankalilla area in the south, and Gulf St Vincent in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1830s, with land used mainly for grazing and wheat farming. Population was minimal until the 1850s when small townships were established and a port was constructed at Port Willunga. Some growth took place during the early 1900s, when the coastal areas became popular holiday destinations and many holiday homes were constructed. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years, with rapid growth from the 1960s. Rapid growth took place from the early 1990s, with the population of the District more than doubling between 1991 and 2011 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area, particularly in the suburb of Aldinga Beach, with the most rapid development between 2006 and 2011.

Land use

Southern District is a residential and rural area which has experienced substantial recent growth.

Major features

Major features of the District include Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, Aldinga Reef Aquatic Reserve, Aldinga Beach, Port Willunga Beach, Sellicks Beach, Silver Sands Beach, Aldinga Bay Winery, Aldinga Central Shopping Centre, Aldinga Community Centre, Aldinga Aerodrome, Aldinga Oval, Clarrie Eatts Reserve, Dolph Waye Reserve, Greenoch Reserve, Hastings Reserve, John Nichol Reserve, Robert Herrick Reserve, Symonds Reserve, St Nicholas Reserve, The Knoll, William Eatts Reserve, the coastal recreation reserve and several schools.

Included areas

Southern District encompasses the suburbs and localities of Aldinga, Aldinga Beach, Port Willunga and Sellicks Beach.