The District Council of Orroroo Carrieton area is located in the Yorke and Mid North Region of South Australia, about 270 kilometres north of the Adelaide CBD. The District Council of Orroroo Carrieton area is bounded by the Flinders Ranges Council area in the north, Unincorporated South Australia and the District Council of Peterborough area in the east, the Northern Areas Council area in the south, and the District Council of Mount Remarkable area in the west.
The District Council of Orroroo Carrieton area includes the localities of Belton, Black Rock, Carrieton, Coomooroo (part), Cradock (part), Erskine, Eurelia, Hammond (part), Johnburgh, Minburra, Moockra (part), Morchard (part), Orroroo, Pekina, Tarcowie (part), Walloway, Willowie (part), Yalpara, Yanyarrie and Yatina (part).
The District Council of Orroroo Carrieton area is predominantly rural, with small townships at Orroroo and Carrieton. Rural land is used largely for agriculture, particularly cereal and grain growing and sheep and cattle grazing. Tourism is an important industry, with the area situated at the base of the Flinders Ranges. The Council area encompasses a total land area of about 3,300 square kilometres.
The District Council of Orroroo Carrieton is named after the former District Councils of Orroroo and Carrieton. Orroroo is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning “rendezvous of the magpie” or “early start”. Carrieton is named after Lucy Caroline Jervois, daughter of the Governor of South Australia Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois.
The original inhabitants of the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton area were the Ngadjuri Aboriginal people.
European settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for sheep and cattle grazing. Grain growing became an important industry from the 1870s. Growth took place from the 1870s into the early 1900s when many small townships were established and the railway line was opened. The population has fluctuated slightly in recent decades.
Major features of the Council area include Black Rock Conservation Park, Yalpara Conservation Park, Pekina Creek, Orroroo and District Health Service, Early Settlers Cottage, Orroroo Golf Club, Magnetic Hill and Tank Hill Lookout.
The District Council of Orroroo Carrieton area is served by R W Williams Way.
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