- Port Lincoln, South Australia
Infobox Australian Place | type = city
name = Port Lincoln
postcode = 5606
area = 24.9
utc = +9:30
utc-dst = +10:30
City of Port Lincoln
stategov = Flinders
fedgov = Grey
dist1 = 280
location1 = Adelaide "(Direct)"
dist2 = 649
location2 = Adelaide via
Port Lincoln (postcode 5606) is a city in the
Australian state of South Australia. It is a coastal city situated on the Boston Bay at the southern extremity of the Eyre Peninsula. It is the largest city in the West Coast region, and is located approximately 280 kilometres (straight line - 646km by road) from the capital city Adelaide.
Parnkallapeople occupied the area prior to white settlement in 1836.
British naval explorer
Matthew Flindersdiscovered the harbour in February 1802. Because of its particularly good harbour, he named it "Port" Lincoln rather than just Lincoln, where Flinders came from. It is thought that only the lack of a reliable nearby water supplystopped Port Lincoln becoming the state capital of South Australia.
Port Lincoln has a contrasting coastal landscape, ranging from sheltered waters and beaches, to surf beaches and rugged oceanic coastline.
Port Lincoln and its suburbs comprise the
City of Port Lincolnlocal government area. Port Lincoln is in the state electoral district of Flindersand the federal Division of Grey. Its mayor is Peter Davis.
The economy is based on the huge grain-handling facilities (a total capacity of over 337,500
tonnes), the canning and fish processing works, lambs, wool and beef, and tunafarming for the Japanese market. [Tim Treadgold, [http://www.forbes.com/global/2006/0522/036_print.html The future is Fish: Japan's taste for tuna is creating millionaires in a tiny Australian town] " "Forbes Magazine", May 22, 2006] Home of Australia's largest commercial fishing fleetFact|date=April 2008, Port Lincoln now has a thriving aquacultureindustry that farms the following species: tuna, kingfish, abalone, mussels, oysters, and experimental farming in seahorses and spiny lobsters. Before the advent of aquaculture, the main fishing was for Southern Bluefin tuna.
Port Lincoln is the terminus of an isolated RailGauge|42
narrow gauge railwaysystem to bring the wheatto port. Iron ore traffic may be added in the future, although this has been the topic of protest and debate in the community.
Tourismis becoming increasingly important, thanks to the scenic beauty and coastal locality. Ready access to both Spencer Gulfand the Great Australian Bightmark Port Lincoln out as a blue water playground for yachting, scuba diving, shark cage diving and game fishing. The city also functions as a regional centre for government administration, corporate services and commerce to Eyre Peninsula; however, many State Government functions are gradually being phased out as State Government becomes more centralised in Adelaide. During the past decade, housing demand has led to a boom in property development, both residential and commercial. Lincoln National Park, Coffin Bay National Parkand Kellidie Bay Conservation Parkare within easy driving distance.
Port Lincoln is the port for the isolated narrow gauge Eyre Peninsular Railway.
There is also a subsidiary port at
Proper Baywhich may be restored to use for iron ore traffic. [ [http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/02/06/2155809.htm Company defends Lincoln ore export plan - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ] ]
weightlifter Dean Lukinwas a tuna fisherman who shot to fame as a weightlifter in the 1980s, then returned to run the family fishery business.
Australian rules football(AFL) players have come from Port Lincoln, including Graham Johncock, Peter Burgoyne, Shaun Burgoyneand Byron Pickett. Tony Santic, the owner of Makybe Diva(the only horse to win the Melbourne Cup3 times) is a tuna farmer in Port Lincoln. A life-sized bronze statueof The Diva stands on the town's foreshore.
The book "
Blue Fin" by Colin Thielewas set in Port Lincoln, with the movie of the same name filmed in nearby Streaky Bay. Some of the shark scenes of "Jaws" and Anzac Covescenes in "Gallipoli", were also filmed near Port Lincoln. Fact|date=July 2008
Australian Survivor", the Australian produced series of the US television series, "Survivor", was filmed at Whalers Way, south of Port Lincoln, in 2001.
Hearts Apart" by Caitlin Joneswas written on a farm in Port Lincoln.
Port Lincoln has two local commercial radio stations, 89.9 Magic FM and 765 AM
5CC(the first local commercial station) broadcasting out of their Washington Street studio. It is also served by ABC West Coast SAon 1485 AM which broadcasts out of the Civic Centre on Tasman Terrace. It's also served by Triple Jand ABC Radio Nationalfrom Tumby Bay and satellite uplink from Melbournerespectively. ABC News Radiois also available on 91.5FM. It also receives KIXFM 87.6.
Port Lincoln has one local newspaper, the
Port Lincoln Times. The Port Lincoln Times is published on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is printed in Whyalla.
Free to air TV stations available in Port Lincoln are ABC, SBS,
Southern Cross GTS/BKN(formerly Central Television) and Southern Cross Ten. Also available is Austarpay TV.
Port Lincoln Airport
Port Lincoln Prison
* [http://www.portlincoln.sa.gov.au City of Port Lincoln]
* [http://www.fallingrain.com/world/AS/5/Port_Lincoln.html FallingRain Map - elevation = 1m]
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