District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula - History


The District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula traces its history back to the original District Council of Port Lincoln, whose creation was proclaimed in 1880. It expanded in 1888 and 1890, then had a northern section removed to form the new District Council of Tumby Bay in 1906.

Then in 1921 the Corporation of Port Lincoln was excised, and the remainder renamed to District Council of Lincoln. The boundary has moved several times since then, with The District Council of Lincoln renamed to Lower Eyre Peninsula in 1988.

The area's economy is reliant mostly on agriculture, with cereal crops and sheep being prominent in the district, as in much of the Eyre Peninsula. Fishing and aquaculture are a large part of the economy also, with Coffin Bay Oysters gaining statewide recognition.

The district, particularly coastal towns such as Coffin Bay are ever popular with tourists, with fishing and a variety of other water based activities a major attraction. The Coffin Bay National Park is also a major attraction, as well as an area of natural habitat conservation.

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