RDA Yorke and Mid North RegionEconomic profile
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RDA Yorke and Mid North Region

About the area

Name origin

The Regional Council of Goyder is named after Surveyor General George Woodroffe Goyder, who mapped “Goyder’s Line” through the area in 1865.

Location and boundaries

The Regional Council of Goyder area is located in the Yorke and Mid North Region of South Australia, about 160 kilometres north of the Adelaide CBD. The Regional Council of Goyder area is bounded by the District Council of Peterborough area in the north, Unincorporated South Australia and the Mid Murray Council area in the east, the Light Regional Council area in the south, and the Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council area and the Northern Areas Council area in the west.

Included areas

The Regional Council of Goyder area includes the localities of Apoinga, Australia Plains, Baldina, Booborowie, Bower, Brady Creek, Bright, Brownlow (part), Buchanan, Bundey, Burra, Burra Eastern Districts, Canowie, Canowie Belt (part), Collinsville, Dutton (part), Emu Downs, Eudunda, Farrell Flat (part), Franklyn, Frankton (part), Geranium Plains, Gum Creek, Hallelujah Hills, Hallett, Hampden, Hansborough (part), Hanson, Julia, Koonoona, Leighton, Mongolata, Mount Bryan, Mount Bryan East, Neales Flat, Ngapala, North Booborowie, Peep Hill, Pine Creek, Point Pass, Porter Lagoon, Robertstown, Rocky Plain, Steinfeld (part), Sutherlands, Terowie, Ulooloo, Whyte Yarcowie, Willalo, Wonna and Worlds End.

Economic region
Regional Council of Goyder

Land use

The Regional Council of Goyder area is predominantly rural, with a township at Burra, a smaller township at Eudunda, and villages and small settlements at Booborowrie, Farrell Flat, Hallett, Mount Bryan, Point Pass, Robertstown, Terowie and Whyte Yarcowie. Rural land is used largely for agriculture, particularly cereal crops and sheep grazing, with some cattle grazing and power generation. Tourism is also an important industry. The Council area encompasses a total land area of about 6,700 square kilometres.


The Regional Council of Goyder area is served by the Barrier Highway, the Goyder Highway and the Worlds End Highway.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for grazing. Copper discoveries were made in 1845 in Burra, prompting the establishment of copper mining and significant growth in the township. Mining ceased in 1877, causing a significant population decline in the Burra township. Growth took place in the wider area from the mid to late 1800s as many small townships were established, aided by the opening of the railway line. The main industry then became wheat growing. The Hallett Wind Farms were established near the towns of Burra and Hallett from 2008. The population of the Council area has been relatively stable in recent years.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Regional Council of Goyder area were the Ngadjuri Aboriginal people.