The Northern Areas Council area is located in the Yorke and Mid North Region of South Australia, about 200 kilometres north of the Adelaide CBD. The Northern Areas Council area is bounded by the District Council of Mount Remarkable area and the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton area in the north, the District Council of Peterborough area and the Regional Council of Goyder area in the east, the Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council area and the Wakefield Regional Council area in the south, and the Port Pirie Regional Council area in the west.
The Northern Areas Council area includes the localities of Andrews, Appila (part), Beetaloo Valley, Belalie East, Belalie North, Broughton River Valley, Bundaleer Gardens, Bundaleer North, Caltowie, Caltowie North, Caltowie West, Canowie Belt (part), Euromina, Georgetown, Gladstone, Gulnare, Hacklins Corner, Hornsdale, Huddleston (part), Jamestown, Laura, Mannanarie, Mayfield, Narridy, Spalding, Stone Hut (part), Tarcowie (part), Washpool, West Bundaleer, Yacka and Yatina (part).
The Northern Areas Council area is predominantly rural, with a township at Jamestown and smaller townships at Gladstone, Laura and Spalding. Rural land is used largely for agriculture, particularly wheat, barley and legume growing and sheep and cattle grazing. Timber production and power generation are also important industries. The Council area encompasses a total land area of about 3,000 square kilometres.
The original inhabitants of the Northern Areas Council area were the Ngadjuri Aboriginal people.
European settlement of the area dates from the early 1840s, with land used mainly for sheep and cattle grazing and timber-getting, and then for grain growing from the 1860s. Growth took place during the late 1800s when numerous small townships were established, aided by the opening of railway lines. The population has been relatively stable over recent decades.
Major features of the Council area include Bundaleer Forest Reserve, Beetaloo Reservoir, Bundaleer Reservoir, Gladstone Gaol, Jamestown Railway Station Museum, Belalie Art Gallery, Laura Court House Gallery, Jamestown Hospital, Laura and District Hospital, Gladstone Golf Club, Jamestown Golf Club and Hornsdale Wind Farm.
The Northern Areas Council area is served by the Goyder Highway, the Harrocks Highway and the Wilkins Highway.
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