Elliston Eyre Peninsula

16 Population: 276 Lock lies in the geographic centre of the Eyre Peninsula and is part of the District Council of Elliston. The striking silos that form Lock’s grain storage facilities make Lock a strategic delivery centre for the grain grown in the region. Lock is also a service centre for the families on cereal and grazing properties in the surrounding area, with school buses bringing in children from properties to the local area school. Murals on various buildings in the town depict life in this area. Near the silos is the beautiful Kukathu Dam which was built to harvest the stormwater from the sealed areas of the town. A small picnic area provides a comfortable place for bird watching. This dam, as well as the dam built at the south end of the town, provides water for the oval, Community Park and Bowling Green. An RV dump point located at the Caravan Park for your convenience is maintained by the Lions Club. HISTORY Settled in the late 1860s, the area originally known as Terre Siding, was renamed Lock in 1918 after a member of the SA Survey Team, Corporal Albert Lock, who was killed in Belgium during WWI. The town was proclaimed in February 1914. A mural honouring Albert Lock is now located in the town. ATTRACTIONS LOCAL CONSERVATION PARKS Surrounding the Lock district are four conservation parks boasting beautiful wildflowers, native animals, bird watching and mallee fowls. These parks are Bascombe Well Conservation Park, Hambidge Conservation Park, Hinks Conservation Park and Barwell Conservation Park, all of which have no facilities for camping or water, but are available for visiting. Fair weather 4WD tracks only. THE LOCK RACES Known as 'The Oakbank of the West', the Lock Races are held on the picturesque McLachlan Park Race Course, 10 km north west of the Lock township. Shady trees and shelter provide a perfect location for a fun family day out. Great course facilities, full bar and canteen, fashions of the field, TAB, bookmakers, sky channel and internet access are available on course. See the Calendar of Events. More information email: lockraceclub@eyreonline.com. Celebrated 50 years on the 14th February 2016.