RDA Yorke and Mid North Region

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RDA Yorke and Mid North Region


The RDA Yorke and Mid North Region is located to the north of metropolitan Adelaide. The Region encompasses a total land area of nearly 35,000 square kilometres. The RDA Yorke and Mid North Region is predominantly rural, with a regional centre at Port Pirie and major townships at Clare, Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo. The Region has smaller townships at Ardrossan, Auburn, Balaklava, Blyth, Booleroo Centre, Brinkworth, Burra, Bute, Carrieton, Crystal Brook, Edithburgh, Eudunda, Fisherman Bay, Gladstone, Hamley Bridge, Jamestown, Koolunga, Laura, Lochiel, Maitland, Melrose, Minlaton, Moonta Bay, Napperby, North Beach, Orroroo, Owen, Paskeville, Peterborough, Port Broughton, Port Germein, Port Hughes, Port Victoria, Port Vincent, Port Wakefield, Redhill, Riverton, Saddleworth, Snowtown, Spalding, Stansbury, Warooka, Wilmington, Wirrabara, Yongala and Yorketown, as well as numerous smaller villages and settlements. Rural land is used largely for agriculture, with some forestry, fishing and viticulture. Other important industries are mining, power generation (wind farms) and tourism.

The key employment sector in the RDA Yorke and Mid-North Region is agriculture, forestry and fishing. Other significant employment sectors include health care, retail trade, manufacturing, education and accommodation and food services. The main agricultural industries are wheat, barley and legume growing, and sheep and cattle grazing. Health care facilities are provided at numerous small hospitals: Ardrossan Community Hospital, Balaklava Soldiers’ Memorial District Hospital, Booleroo Centre District Hospital, Burra Hospital, Clare Hospital, Crystal Brook and District Hospital, Eudunda Hospital, Jamestown Hospital, Laura and District Hospital, Maitland Hospital, Minlaton Hospital, Orroroo and District Health Service, Peterborough Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Port Broughton and District Hospital and Health Service, Port Pirie Regional Health Service, Riverton District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Snowtown Hospital and Health Service, Southern Yorke Peninsula Health Service (Yorketown Hospital) and Wallaroo Hospital. The main retail centres in the Region are the Port Pirie CBD and Pirie Plaza Shopping Centre, with other retail areas in many of the other townships. Significant industrial areas are located in Port Pirie, including the port which exports lead, zinc and ore. The Region is home to substantial mining and extractive industries, including copper, dolomite, granite, gypsum, limestone, sand and slate. The main educational facilities in the Region are TAFE SA (Kadina, Narungga and Port Pirie Campuses) and numerous schools. The Region is home to many tourist attractions including Mount Remarkable National Park and numerous Conservation Parks, with the Region being located in the Southern Flinders Ranges.

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NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Augusta Highway
  • Barrier Highway
  • Copper Coast Highway
  • Goyder Highway
  • Horrocks Highway
  • Princes Highway
  • Spencer Highway
  • St Vincent Highway
  • Wilkins Highway
  • Worlds End Highway
  • Yorke Highway
  • Port Wakefield Road
  • Port of Ardrossan
  • Port Giles
  • Port Pirie Port
  • Wallaroo Port
  • Klein Point Port


  • Adelaide CBD 70-300km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Ardrossan (Port and surrounding area)
  • Ardrossan (Dolomite Mine)
  • Canowie (Hallett Power Station)
  • Coobowie (Port Giles)
  • Jerusalem (between Champion Street and South Terrace)
  • Kadina (around Roach Street)
  • North Moonta (between Hills Road and Muddy Lane)
  • Port Pirie (Port, Smelter and surrounding areas)
  • Port Pirie South (east of Harris Road)
  • Price (Cheetham salt pans)
  • Solomontown (around Warnertown Road)
  • Wallaroo (Port and around Cresco Road)
  • Wool Bay (Klein Point Port)

RDA Yorke and Mid North Region

economic profile