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Congratulations to local businesses

  • **New** On 1 March 2018, the new Local Government (Mobile Food Vendors) Variation Regulation 2017 will commence. New guidelines and locations for mobile food vendors in the Alexandrina region are now available. These locations have been selected for Mobile Food Vendors as the only designated areas that vendors may operate from, unless prior approval has been granted. More information is available on Council's Mobile Food Vendors page. These guidelines do not affect mobile food vendors that are part of a Council approved event.

  • **New** The next Alexandrina Business Life Breakfast Forum will be held on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at the Strathalbyn Football Club, Coronation Road, Strathalbyn. The start time will be 7.15am for a 7.30am start. The Breakfast will conclude at 8.30am. If you would like to be included, and do not already have your details registered with us, please email

  • Congratulations to Senior Winemaker, Paul Hotker from Bleasdale, Langhorne Creek, who has been awarded the James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year 2018.
  • In November 2017, Wines by Geoff Hardy was named the Australian Exporter of the Year at the Optus My Business Awards in Sydney. The K1 by Geoff Hardy winery at Kuitpo, here in the Alexandrina area, is one of four brands founded by Geoff Hardy in South Australia that were part of the award.

Alexandrina Business Life – Inaugural Breakfast Forum

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As part of Alexandrina Council’s new Economic Development Strategy, Council held an inaugural Business Breakfast on 25 October to introduce the Council’s Economic Development Advisory Panel to local businesses. It was a great opportunity to hear about Alexandrina economic development activities for the coming years, as well as a networking opportunity.

The Tourism and Visitor Strategy Goals summary document above was launched at the event.

If you would like to be included in the Alexandrina Database of Local Businesses and advised about future events or would like further information, please email to or go to the Alexandrina Council website at


Alexandrina Council and Business – ‘Shining a Light on Alexandrina Business’

Growth in Alexandrina’s economy will deliver an enriched living, working and playing environment to both the local community and visitors to the region. We aim to assist any business looking to move to the Alexandrina area, and existing business to make enhancements in their productivity and innovation.

The opportunities provided by the unique characteristics of Alexandrina’s towns, environment, history and quality produce, and the skills and experience of our labour force, will attract residents, visitors, customers and more investment to Alexandrina, and it is all just over an hour's drive from Adelaide.

Alexandrina will retain its distinctive identity, be well-connected to the surrounding region and be the location of choice for new business and investment.

To further assist the growth and progress of business in the Alexandrina area, an Economic Development Strategy (2016 - 2022) has been established by Alexandrina Council, with assistance from Essential Economics Pty Ltd and Hemisphere Design (Aust) Pty Ltd, to guide its work in supporting business to achieve the most out of the economic development of Alexandrina.

Economic Development Advisory Panel

Council has established an Economic Development Advisory Panel which includes the Mayor, Elected Members and six community members who are experienced in economic development, strategic thinking and small business to provide advice to Council.  Regular communication will be made with all local businesses registered on our database.  If you would like to be included in the Alexandrina Database of Local Businesses, please email

If you have a business or are looking at starting one in the Alexandrina area, there are some key areas of Council that will be able to assist you:

Planning and Development
Have you thought about whether you need a Development Approval for the business that you are about to commence? If not please visit our Planning and Development page to found out more about change of use applications or the construction of a new building.

Environmental Health
Businesses are included under public health legislation and may need to engage with our environmental health staff on issues like wastewater, food safety and trade waste. Further information can be found at the Environmental Health pages.

By-Laws and Policies
Businesses may need to be mindful of relevant Council By-Laws or Policies such as the Moveable Signs By-Law, the Local Government Land By-Law or policies such as the Signs, Banners and Flags Policy.

Infrastructure and Engineering Services
Council is often undertaking infrastructure and engineering projects in the Alexandrina region. Sometimes these may affect streets that pass businesses. Further information about infrastructure projects can be found at:

Tourism and Events
Tourism is a key industry for Alexandrina. It is supported through the operation of Visitor Information Centres at Goolwa and Strathalbyn, social media pages for each town and events support via annual grants. Further information about Tourism can be found at:

The National Broadband Network is in the Alexandrina region. Further information can be found at:

Doing Business with Council 
All available Council tenders are lodged through Tenders SA and information can be found at:

You can also register with Alexandrina Council if you would like the opportunity to supply us or do business with us. Please read An Introduction to Vendor Panel to see what mandatory requirements you will need or send an email to for further information.

For any other enquiries or assistance about Alexandrina Business Life, please contact

Alexandrina Council Community, Population and Economic Profiles

Please Note: This information will be updated with the 2016 Census Data in early 2018.

  • Alexandrina Council's Gross Regional Product was $900m as of the 30th June 2015 representing 0.96% of Gross State Product and demonstrating a 2.5% average annual growth since 2005/2006 financial year.
  • There were 7,459 jobs located in the Alexandrina Council in the year ending June 2015.
  • 1,994 businesses on the business register in June 2015.

The Alexandrina Council area is a growing rural and rural-residential area, with township and holiday areas. Alexandrina Council encompasses a total land area of approximately 1,800 square kilometres.

The economy is strongly reliant on agriculture, forestry and fishing which is the largest industry contributing to 13.7% of total employment. Tourism is a key industry for micro and small business, but is highly seasonal.

The construction industry while robust, has had challenges with fast growth pre-GFC and slowing growth post-GFC. However, with population growth maintained in some form over the past ten years, the services sector is growing well and offers future opportunities to attract renewed Federal, State and industry attention to how services are delivered and accessed.

Of the 6,126 people who work in Alexandrina Council, 4,464 or 72.9% also live in the area.

2,411 people or 24.3% of Alexandrina Council's local labour force have a tertiary qualification.

In Alexandrina Council 27% of the population reported doing some form of voluntary work in 2011.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011

Free demonstrations of Alexandrina Forecast.ID are available on request. Contact Council on 8555 7000 or


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Alexandrina Council Community Profile enables you to analyse the population characteristics of your community, understand how they have changed over time and how they compare to other areas.


 Alexandrina Council population forecasts outline the drivers of population change and forecasts how population, age structure and household types will change across the LGA over the period 2006 to 2036. This data is presented in easy to use tables, charts and commentary and is designed to inform Community groups, Council, investors, business, students and the general public.


Council's economic profile presents economic information that enables you to describe the area's role within the broader economy, explore options for economic development and promote the area's strengths. The information presented here is derived from official sources of information (Australian Bureau of Statistics) as well as Australia's leading economic modellers, NIEIR. The latest data from each series is always presented in this site.

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