Our natural advantage

The Mount Barker District takes in some our South Australia’s most productive farmland, natural landscapes, clean air and abundant water.

From the Onkaparinga River in the west to the Bremer River to the east, the landscape ranges from the lush pastures of Meadows, through the thriving urban centre of Mount Barker to the gum-studded paddocks of Harrogate. In between, you’ll find orchards, market gardens, crops, livestock, vineyards and natural bushland reserves, all in an area larger than the Adelaide Plains.

Clean and green, Mount Barker’s future is sustainable and sensational.

  • We’re ensuring our productive rural land remains available for agriculture and associated activities, enhancing primary production and creating green-collar jobs
  • Preventing further fragmentation of farmland, adequate buffers between farming activity and other land uses, and biodiversity corridors and reserves will all help preserve our region’s precious rural character
  • The food, wine and tourism regions including and surrounding Mount Barker are already world-renowned, and a bid to have the Mount Lofty Ranges recognised by UNESCO as an area of global significance would enhance that reputation significantly.
  • We have the largest council wastewater treatment plant and recycled water scheme in South Australia – a state that is globally recognised for leadership in water resource innovation. Treated water from the region is supplied for agriculture, industry and public parks.

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