On October 31 1975, the District Council of Encounter Bay and the Corporation of Victor Harbor amalgamated to form the District Council of Victor Harbor. The amalgamation recognised the strong communities of interest that existed between the two former local government areas and the resource, cost and efficiency benefits that would be generated by the combining of the two councils.
Potential for further amalgamation was considered in 1996/1997, this time involving the Local Government areas of Victor Harbor, Port Elliot/Goolwa, Strathalbyn, Yankalilla and Willunga. Although some council mergers did result from these extensive investigations, Victor Harbor remained an independent entity.
On 1 February 2000 the District Council of Victor Harbor became known as the City of Victor Harbor. The new name, new logo and new direction was a reflection of the dynamic changes occurring within the community and the significance of Victor Harbor as the regional centre for the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula.
The township of Victor Harbor has long been a favoured holiday destination. Many visitors have returned to Victor Harbor as residents in their retirement. In fact, Victor Harbor continues to be amongst the fastest growing communities in the State, with an average growth in excess of 3% per annum for the past 10 years. But Victor Harbor today is attracting more than just retirees. The lure of a leisurely lifestyle has seen many families settle in the area. The combined schools of the city have almost 2,000 students who are drawn from across the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula. Victor Harbor's close proximity to metropolitan Adelaide has seen an emergence of commuters who live in Victor Harbor for the lifestyle and travel to the metropolitan area for work.
The population of the City of Victor Harbor Council area is approximately 15,200 residents. At any given time it is estimated that 2,000 or more additional visitors are residing in our community as tourists or people frequenting their holiday home. At peak tourist season from December to February the population grows to almost 30,000.
The main areas of employment in the region are in health and community services, primary production, retail, hospitality and tourism, construction and building, education, light manufacturing and business services. As the regional centre for the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula, Victor Harbor provides a broad range of retail, commercial and public service facilities.
The City of Victor Harbor covers an area of 38,648 hectares and shares boundaries with Yankalilla and Alexandrina Councils. The City is located 80 kilometres south of Adelaide on the shores of Encounter Bay.
Local natural attractions include Granite Island, Rosetta Head (The Bluff), surf beaches, whale watching and penguin colonies. In addition, there are a number of developed attractions including the Horse Drawn Tram to Granite Island, the South Australian Whale Centre, Encounter Coast Discovery Centre, the Cockle Train, Urimbirra Wildlife Park, Nangawooka Flora Reserve, Oceanic Victor Swim with Tuna experience, Waitpinga Farm Quad Bike Adventure, Big Duck Boat Tours and the Dunes Mini Golf Park. More information about local attractions is available at www.encountervictorharbor.com.au.
Sports and Recreation
Residents and visitors can enjoy an extensive range of sporting and recreational activities. The Victor Harbor Indoor Recreation Centre provides for basketball, volleyball, table tennis, social dancing, indoor soccer, gymnastics and other activities. There are also opportunities to participate on a social or competitive basis in golf, tennis, football, lawn bowls, croquet, petanque, netball, hockey, horse riding, harness racing and sailing. For those who wish to take in the scenery, a bike ride or walk along the Encounter Bikeway or stroll along the Heysen Trail provides an enjoyable experience.
For detailed statistical analysis check out the City of Victor Harbor profile.