About the Association

Our Vision

The Mt Barker & 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 MBDRA 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 are established upon 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.


The Constitution clearly outlines how the Association is to operate. Read the Constitution 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 

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.