Boundary Reform

The Public Consultation on Boundary Reform is Now Open.

Council resolved at the 28th July 2020 Ordinary Meeting of Council to proceed to the Community Consultation regarding Boundary Reform.

To hear why Town of Gawler is considering developing a General Proposal for Boundary Reform, please view this short video on Boundary Reform with Mayor Karen Redman and CEO Henry Inat created to help start the community conversation.

This Consultation, open until 5pm on the 7 October 2020, will seek your comments on:

  • Town of Gawler’s Boundary Reform Proposal; and
  • Whether this Proposal should be presented to the Boundaries Commission for it to further investigate?

The Community Consultation can be accessed here, please take this opportunity to find out more information about Boundary Reform and provide your comments on the Gawler Boundary Change Proposal through filling out a survey or providing a written submission.

Open Community Forums will be held on the 21 September 2020 and the 28 September 2020 at 7pm at the Gawler Sports and Community Centre, Nixon Tce Gawler.

The Consultation closes at 5pm on the 7 October 2020.

A change to state government legislation in January 2019 means Council is now able to consider boundary realignment to better meet the needs of our whole community.

The following areas are being considered for inclusion within Gawler:

  • Concordia growth area;
  • Hewett;
  • a portion of Kalbeeba (including Springwood’s rural living; and yet to be developed residential area);
  • a portion of Gawler Belt;
  • Evanston Park;
  • Reid;
  • Hillier

The following areas are being considered for removal from Gawler:

  • The small portion of Bilbaringa that is currently within Gawler;
  • The small portion of Uleybury that is currently within Gawler

Boundary Reform

Useful Information

On 1 January 2019, the South Australian Local Government Boundaries Commission was formed, as the independent body that assesses and investigates council boundary change proposals, and makes recommendations to the Minister.

The Commission's responsibilities and procedures are set out in the Local Government Act 1999 (Chapter 3, Part 2), which can be accessed via the South Australian Legislation website. The Commission has also prepared Guidelines that detail the process by which it will receive, assess and progress council boundary change proposals. All the details can be found here



28 May 2019 Council Meeting

Council resolved to investigate its boundaries following a Motion on Notice presented by Mayor Redman

28 May 2019 Council Meeting Agenda

28 May 2019 Council Meeting Minutes

10 September 2019 Special Council Meeting

Council resolved to continue to investigate boundary reform, adopting, in principle, the following Council boundary adjustments as the basis for preparing a Stage 1 Proposal.

Areas to be included in the Town of Gawler:

Area 1- Concordia Growth Area

Area 2 - Hewett

Area 3 – Portion of Kalbeeba (including portion of Springwood)

Area 4 – Portion of Gawler Belt

Area 5 - Evanston Park

Area 6 - Reid

Area 7 – Hillier

Areas to be removed from the Town of Gawler:

Area 8 – Portion of Bibaringa

Area 9 – Portion of Uleybury

10 September 2019 Special Council Meeting Agenda

10 September 2019 Special Council Meeting Agenda Attachments

10 September 2019 Special Council Meeting Minutes

26 November 2019 Council Meeting

Council considered:

  • Further analysis on the proposed boundary adjustments
  • Communication and Consultation Plan for Stage 1 and 2 of the Boundary Reform process
  • Stage 1 Proposal for submission to the Boundaries Commission

Council resolved to submit a Stage 1 Proposal for consideration by the Boundaries Commission.

26 November 2019 Council Meeting Agenda

26 November 2019 Council Meeting Agenda Attachments

26 November 2019 Council Meeting Minutes

25 February 2020 Council Meeting

Council considered under item 12.4 of the agenda:

  • The response from the SA Boundary Commission advising Council that, based on the Stage 1 proposal for Boundary Change submitted to the Commission in December 2019, Council is invited to submit a General Proposal for Boundary Change.
  • Whether to continue investigations into boundary reform
  • Correspondence from Light Regional Council requesting Town of Gawler defer or withdraw their submission to the Commission
  • The Barossa Council's decision to not proceed with a boundary reform proposal at this time.

Council resolved to proceed with its investigations into boundary reform.

25 February 2020 Council Meeting Agenda

25 February 2020 Council Meeting Agenda Attachments

25 February 2020 Council Meeting Minutes

28 July 2020 Council Meeting

Council considered under item 11.1 of the agenda:

  • Adoption of the updated Consultation and Communications Plan for Boundary Reform.
  • Whether to proceed to Community Consultation on the matter.

Council resolved to adopt the updated Consultation and Communications plan and proceed to Community Consultation on boundary reform.

28 July 2020 Council Meeting Agenda

28 July 2020 Council Meeting Agenda Attachments

28 July 2020 Council Meeting Minutes

Following the presentation of the Boundary Change Proposal report at a Special Council meeting held on 10 September 2019, Council voted to progress investigations into boundary reform. The report looks at the way alterations to local government borders could affect planning based on the projected tripling of population in the next 20 years

Town of Gawler Boundary Reform Update

Gawler To Investigate Boundary Reform To Future Proof Population Expansion

Council to Investigate it's Boundary

Boundary Change Proposal Stage 1

Boundary Reform Video

Gawler's Boundary Reform Proposal Opens for Consultation

Gawler is one of the fastest growing local government areas in South Australia and the major service centre for the lower mid-north, with rapid population growth placing extra pressure on our town infrastructure and services.

With new legislation around local government boundaries passed in January 2019, now is the perfect time for us to pursue, in earnest, the conversation with our neighboring Council areas, and indeed to start looking at ways we can work together so our community remains vibrant, viable and relevant with a thriving, sustainable future.

Frequently Asked Questions

At the Tuesday 10 September 2019 Special Council Meeting, Council Members resolved to undertake further analysis on potential boundary adjustments for the Town of Gawler.

A key focus of considerations to date include:

  • Planning for future growth and ensuring Gawler continues to function as a Regional Service Centre.
  • Formalising Gawler’s community of interest which currently extends past existing council boundaries.
  • Ensuring the people who consider themselves as part of Gawler, have a say and are appropriately represented in the decision making process.
  • Removing current administrative anomalies such as properties and suburbs being located in multiple council areas.

Council still needs to undertake further analysis before it makes a decision on whether to proceed further.

Consulting with the community is an important aspect of boundary reform and if Council decides to pursue this further, community consultation will be undertaken at a number of stages in the boundary reform process.  Council decided to proceed with the first step in potential boundary adjustments, the submission of an initial high level proposal to the SA Boundaries Commission for consideration and initial feedback.

The Commission reviewed Council's Stage 1 Proposal in January 2020 and provided Council with approval to proceed with the development and submission of a Stage 2 Proposal noting:

  • The significant work that Council has undertaken to develop its potential proposal, including the details of the Community of Interest and consideration of the section 26 principles and how these relate to the identified areas.
  • The Important role that the Council plays in providing services to a developing and expanding region and noted the potential significance of this proposal for the region

Boundary reform could mean that the footprint of Gawler will realign to include adjacent areas we already see as part of the Gawler community and already utilise our services and infrastructure. It will formalise communities where there is already a natural association with our town.

Gawler will be able to plan and grow in a logical and managed way so that infrastructure and services will be delivered more effectively and efficiently and keep up with the demands of the community. Over the next 20 years Gawler is forecasted to almost triple in population and surrounding areas are anticipated to grow and be developed as urban infill occurs. We want to be ready to accommodate the extra pressures this will place on our services and infrastructure.

A boundary realignment would enable us to provide more services to more people as we realise economies of scale. In addition, those residents now living adjacent the Gawler boundaries who enjoy our services and infrastructure will become part of Gawler and be able to have their say in how the services and infrastructure are formally developed and shaped into the future as our population grows over the next 20 years and beyond.

Some people say boundary reform is long overdue and things haven’t been working well. The town of Gawler has provided services and infrastructure to our neighbours for many years.

Boundary reform would enable consolidation of finances for Council, with a larger rates base, the benefits of more efficient services, policies and procedures would be enjoyed by everyone. The ease with which people go about their business with the Council in relation to anything from waste collection to caring for the elderly in their own homes, to enjoying parks and open spaces would be noticed almost immediately.

The SA Boundaries Commission was formed on 1 January this year (2019). It is an independent body to assess council boundary change proposals which can be submitted from a range of stakeholders including councils and the public.

The new legislation provides Council with a huge opportunity to be leaders in this space and put forward a case on behalf of our community so we can continue to provide services and infrastructure to our residents, businesses, visitors and community into the future. We can see strong economic, social and environmental reasons for presenting a submission to the SA Boundaries Commission which is why we are commencing our investigations in this regard. The time is right and the time is now for us to plan for the best Gawler for the future.

At this stage we are unsure of the cost of completing the boundary reform process. This information will become clearer as we progress through the boundary reform process and Council will evaluate the financial viability of each stage of the process (once costs are known) and will make decisions accordingly. The formal investigations to be undertaken if Council decides to proceed will be undertaken by the SA Boundaries Commission at Council’s cost

The impact of boundary adjustments on rate payers is unknown at this early stage. Cost is an important consideration and will be examined in detail as the stages progress. The community will have opportunities to provide input during the community consultation process.

Boundary Reform is unlikely to affect the value of your property. Council adopts property valuations (capital values) derived from an independent State Government assessment undertaken by the Valuer-General of South Australia.

This is a new process for the State Government and timeframes are unknown. However, this is a significant matter to consider and is expected to take some time, possibly one to two years.

Yes. If Council decides to progress with pursuing boundary adjustments, current and potential future rate payers will have an opportunity to provide input as part of Council’s community consultation process and the investigations that will be undertaken by the SA Boundaries Commission.

There will be a number of ways to provide feedback during Council's community consultation process, including:

  1. Open Forums
  2. Survey – online via Your Voice Gawler and available in hard copy at Council’s Customer Service counters
  3. Submissions – submitted electronically via Your Voice Gawler and Email, or hardcopy via Post or in person at Council’s Customer Service counters.

You can also register your interest for email updates. Email:

We will keep up to date information on this webpage and will be regularly updating you via social media also.

You can also register your interest here for email updates. Email:

The Town of Gawler’s focus has been to ensure that none of the surrounding Councils involved are materially affected by the potential for boundary change. We are all equally focused on ensuring the long term financial sustainability of all Councils involved.