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The District Council of Grant is the most southern local government area in South Australia. Situated on the south east coast it is bounded to the south and west by the Southern Ocean, the Victorian Border to the east and the Wattle Range Council to the north. The Council encircles the local government area of the City of Mount Gambier.
The Council is predominantly rural with a number of small townships, serves a population of 7,597 and covers an area of 188,493 hectares. The area contains some of the richest and most productive agricultural land in South Australia.
Dairying, beef, and sheep production, wool, seed and grain production and horticulture are the predominant agricultural activities. The Port MacDonnell fishing industry, in particular the rock lobster industry, is a significant factor in the economy of the area. Forestry production and related secondary industries of logging, milling and production of paper are major economic and employment generating activities.
Features such as the spectacular coastline and the natural and built heritage, including Canunda National Park and Lake Bonney, make the area a popular and growing tourist destination and a recreational playground for local, national and international visitors.
The Council provides a range of support and development services as well as administrative and regulatory functions to improve the quality of life for all people who live, work, and do business, enjoy leisure and visit the community and its environs.
Council services provided cover a range of community needs, and include:
- Road construction and maintenance
- Community Services (Libraries, sport and recreation, aged care)
- Septic Tank Effluent Schemes
- Economic development
- Town Planning and Building
- Environmental management
The Council continues to provide the best services possible for residents with its resources.