About Us

Our Vision

The Mount Barker and District Residents’ Association Inc, established in 1991, aims to  preserve, promote and further
develop the historical, social, cultural and environmental features of the Mt Barker district, its townships and  settlements.

The Association aims to provide an open and public forum for all residents to express their views and concerns
on issues relating to their community.

The Association believes in integrated planning, active consultation, communication and engagement between all
stakeholders within the district. 

Discussion of issues relevant to the current and future needs of the district and its citizens are critical to ensure
transparent, consistent and cost-effective strategies, plans and actions.

Full accountability and transparent decision making is crucial to ensure the district grows and develops to meet the needs
of all the community.


The Mt Barker and District Residents’ Association was established in 1991 when several concerned residents formed a small group to discuss issues of concern within their community. Local artist Donald Richardson, Esme Watson and others created the first official association Constitution. This group established the framework objectives which are still in use today.


The objectives for which the Association is established are detailed
in the Constitution and listed below:

  • To provide a forum for residents of the Mount Barker District to express their views and interests on matters relating to the physical and social environment of Mount Barker District.

  • To be concerned with preserving and promoting desirable historical, social, environmental and cultural features of the Mount Barker District.

  • To review those activities and policies of public, statutory and private organisations which affect the Mount Barker District.

  • To support and cooperate with other organisations whose aims and activities are compatible with those of the Association.

  • To represent the views and interests of the residents of the Mount Barker District before public, statutory and private organisations on matters which affect the residents of the Mount Barker District.

  • To do any other lawful acts as may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of these objects of the Association.

How we operate

The Association works in a number of ways to ensure its Constitutional objectives are met. This may include one or more of the following activities:

Regular members meetings and AGM

Members quarterly general meetings are currently held in the RSL Hall, Hutchinson Street, Mount Barker. The Association thanks the RSL for their generous support. Our next general meetings for 2017 are to be held:

Wednesday February 15th - following the AGM.

Wednesday May 17th - 7.30pm.

Wednesday August 16th - 

Wednesday November 15th - 

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

An AGM, held once per year, will see the next AGM held in: 2018. 

All interested are welcomed to attend.

Executive meetings

The Executive meets (as required) to ensure Association business is conducted in a timely and effective manner.
All members are welcome to attend Executive meetings.
Please contact our Association's Chairperson, Douglas McCarty for more details.

Other activities include:

  • Formal submissions to the Mount Barker District Council in response to community consultation requests

  • Organisation and support for change in a variety of forms

  • Submission of letters, reports and requests to Council about local issues

  • Submissions to the Local Government Association (LGA) and State Government

  • To encourage action where appropriate

Community engagement 

The Association wishes to raise awareness of the many policy changes that Council wishes to implement. The community is often asked to provide feedback to Council through community engagement processes.  

The list is not exhaustive and if you wish to have more information about any consultative process coming up you can go to our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MtBarkerandDistrictResidentsAssoc 

People can go to the District Council of Mount Barker's website re any consultation processes operating at present: http://www.dcmtbarker.sa.gov.au/page.aspx  

People can also get a full page (re consultation) at: http://www.dcmtbarker.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=932#e3386 

Our Association encourages people to put forward comments in terms of consultation, as much as possible -
to send a message that people are interested in local matters and that local residents do wish to have real input into
the future direction of the local community.

Association Executive

Chairperson Douglas McCarty 8391 3285 mccarty@internode.on.net  
Secretary Laurence Gellon 8391 0769 gellonl@internode.on.net
Treasurer Judy Szekeres 8388 7656 standthepud@gmail.com
Public Officer Donald Richardson 8398 2185 donaldar@ozemail.com.au
Member  Dianne van Eck 0412 417 774 vaneckde@gmail.com
Member Nathan Rogers 8398 4127 nathan.rogers79@bigpond.com