Cleve District


The District Council of Cleve was proclaimed on 4 May 1911, and has developed to the point where it is now considered to be the nucleus of one of the key agricultural areas of South Australia.

While the town of Cleve itself is located approximately half-way between Whyalla and Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula, the District Council of Cleve encompasses the area from the coast of Spencer Gulf at Arno Bay west to the mountain ranges of Darke Peak. The area is characterised by panoramic views, cereal crops, sandy beaches and some of the best fishing in the country.

The District Council of Cleve covers an area of 529,543 hectares serving a population of approximately 1771 (2016 census) people and shares boundaries with Kimba, Franklin Harbour, Elliston and Tumby Bay Councils.

The District Council of Cleve includes the townships of Cleve, Arno Bay, Darke Peak and Rudall.

The region’s prosperity has been largely attributed to the diverse farming activities of cereal grains, oilseeds and pulses, as well as livestock. The agricultural sector is a major employer within the district, with bulk grain-handling facilities situated in several towns.

The Eyre Penisula is also currently experiencing a mining exploration boom, with opportunities available for the district in extraction of iron ore, dolomite, nickel and graphite.

Generous areas of foreshore reserve with sandy beaches and safe swimming are attractions of the coastal town of Arno Bay, along with an iconic jetty, mangrove boardwalk and superior boat launching facilities. Arno Bay provides arguably some of the best recreational fishing of target species King George Whiting and Snapper in Australia.

Office Opening Times

Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5.00pm (excluding public holidays)

District Area

529, 543 ha.

District Population

1,771 (2016 Census)

Site Value of Rateable Properties


Number of Rateable Properties


Road Length Council owned

1547 km (92 km sealed)

Transport SA

170 km

Average Rainfall Ranges

320 - 425 mm

Foreshore length


Dogs registered

361 (2019)