District Council of Cleve

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District Council of Cleve
South Australia
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Location of the District Council of Cleve
Coordinates33°44′25″S 136°22′24″E / 33.7403°S 136.3733°E / -33.7403; 136.3733Coordinates: 33°44′25″S 136°22′24″E / 33.7403°S 136.3733°E / -33.7403; 136.3733
Population1,771 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.39297/km2 (1.01779/sq mi)
Area4,506.7 km2 (1,740.0 sq mi)
MayorRoger Nield[2]
Council seatCleve
RegionEyre Western[3]
State electorate(s)Flinders
Federal Division(s)Grey
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WebsiteDistrict Council of Cleve
LGAs around District Council of Cleve:
Wudinna Kimba Kimba
Elliston District Council of Cleve Franklin Harbour
Tumby Bay Tumby Bay Spencer Gulf

The District Council of Cleve is a local government area on the eastern Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. The district is mostly agricultural in nature, but also encompasses the popular coastal tourist town of Arno Bay.


The District Council of Cleve is derived from Jervois County, which was incorporated into the District Council of Franklin Harbour when that council was first established in 1880. In 1911, the western end of the county was severed from Franklin Harbour, resulting in the creation of the present council.

The district's major towns were well established when the new council was announced, with Cleve established in 1879 and Arno Bay in 1883 under the name of 'Bligh'. Darke Peak was established in 1914, only three years after the council came into being.

Since before the council's establishment, the economy of the region has been based on agriculture, with cereal crops and livestock production prominent. Aquaculture is an emerging industry in the coastal towns.[4]


The district encompasses a number of towns and localities, including Arno Bay, Boonerdo, Campoona, Cleve, Darke Peak, Jamieson, Kielpa, Mangalo, Murlong, Rudall, Verran and Wharminda, and part of Hambidge, Hincks and Waddikee.[5]


Cleve has the biggest selection of retail shops, including a supermarket, clothing stores, banking facilities, professional & medical services, service industries, post office, rural supplies, hotel, mechanical & RAA services, newsagency and pharmacy. Between them, Arno Bay and Darke Peal provide a general store, a post office, fuel suppliers, mechanical services and a hotel.

The district has an Area school, Pre-school and TAFE campus serving educational needs and a hospital for health needs.

A number of sporting facilities and clubs operate in the area including basketball, lawn bowls, cricket, darts, football, golf, netball, softball, a swimming pool and tennis.[4]

Elected members[edit]

Ward Councillor Notes
Unsubdivided[2]   Doug Burton
  Grant Fennell
  Jodie Jones
  Roger Nield Mayor
  Colin Rayson
  Dean Sivour
  Chris Tarran
  Bryan Trigg Deputy Mayor

Chairmen and mayors[edit]

  • Francis Joseph Brooks (1933–1936)[6]
  • Edwin Mathew Mitchell (1936–1947)[6]
  • William Henry Pearce (1947–1956)[6]
  • Otto Keith Fauser (1956–1959)[6]
  • Thomas David Rodda (1959–1960)[6]
  • Joseph William Rehn (1961–1964)[6]
  • David William Wake (1964)[6]
  • George Arthur Potter (1965)[6]
  • Thomas David Rodda (1966–1972)[6]
  • Royce Alfred Pearce (1972)[6]
  • Robert Marshall Burton (1973–1985)[6]
  • Dean Horace Turnbull (1985–?)[6]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cleve (DC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Elected Members". District Council of Cleve. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Eyre Western SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b District Council of Cleve, General Information, archived from the original on 29 August 2007, retrieved 19 May 2007
  5. ^ "Location SA Map Viewer". Government of South Australia. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l South Australia, the civic record, 1836–1986. Wakefield Press. 1986. pp. 407–409.

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