7 November 2019
Upgrades at an Old Reynella hub for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are helping further its community vision.
1 November 2019
Your go-to Christmas guide for what’s on in the south this festive season.
28 October 2019
Help the nationally vulnerable species thrive and help us name our city’s sweethearts.
21 October 2019
We know that trees provide shade, but did you know they also transpire, releasing moisture into the atmosphere? This is what cities around the world are striving for; green sweaty plants that act as a natural air conditioner. And the City of Onkaparinga is no exception.
The city’s nursery is flourishing, producing thousands of healthy seedlings and saplings each year for planting across the region — streets and parks, creeks and foreshore — but 10 years ago it was a different story.
“There’s no limit to what you can do other than the limits you put on yourself.” This is Caleb Murray’s philosophy.
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“What happens if you eat Christmas decorations? You get tinsellitis.”
The jury is still out on who has more fun, the Onkaparinga City Concert Band or its audiences. Anyone who’s lived in the district longer than two minutes has likely heard the band around the traps. Featuring everything from jazz standards, classical pieces and movie tunes, to contemporary pop and belters from the likes of The Eagles and Toto, the band’s setlists always surprise and entertain.
Imagination, exploration, creativity and excitement will be off the charts when a new regional nature playspace at Wilfred Taylor Reserve becomes a reality.
The sixth edition of the highly successful McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast Visitor Guide has been released and is available from the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre, participating businesses, and online at mclarenvaleguide.com.
Confused as to which bin to put your leftovers? Red, yellow or green? We ask Lynda Wedding, City of Onkaparinga’s Waste and Recycling Education Officer, to demystify the dilemma and explain why waste is such an important resource.
Each year almost 90,000 guests visit the two parks, and when you consider their location, their popularity is hardly surprising.
11 October 2019
Develop digital skills and confidence at Onkaparinga Libraries from 14-20 October.
9 October 2019
We speak with the inaugural winner of the City of Onkaparinga Contemporary Curator Award, presented as part of SALA Festival.
3 October 2019
A recent workshop at REDARC Electronics’ newly expanded Lonsdale manufacturing facility helped inform a five-year blueprint for economic growth and investment in Onkaparinga.
2 October 2019
With free cross training, yoga, boxing, beach volleyball and healthy eating guidance commencing in October, there has never been a better time to get healthy and active in Onkaparinga – just ask two-time Olympian, Jane Flemming.
1 October 2019
For billions of people around the world, enjoying a cup of freshly brewed coffee is part of their morning routine. But this daily ritual can have a significant social and environmental impact. The good news is, you don’t need to forgo the all-important pick-me-up beverage to make a positive difference. And, there’s no better day to start than today – International Coffee Day.
13 September 2019
Next month you may discover something different, intriguing or interesting around Port Noarlunga – something very unexpected.
And if you do, it’s likely to be part of the Series of Unexpected Events (SUE) festival — a temporary arts and performance initiative by the City of Onkaparinga.
12 September 2019
Small woodland birds such as the Superb Fairywren have started disappearing from urban areas – here’s what we can do to help bring them back
9 September 2019
A new southern suburbs leadership program, helping commemorate the 125th anniversary of South Australian women’s suffrage, aims to transform women into change makers in their communities.
For many children, having their artwork proudly displayed on the home fridge generates a huge sense of delight and satisfaction. For some 56 children, this feeling has jumped to a whole new level with their artwork taking centre stage at the Arts Centre in Port Noarlunga this month.
2 September 2019
Learn how to reduce your impact on the environment, save money on energy bills and meet likeminded people from September to November
30 August 2019
Stuff — we all have it and despite a yearly spring clean, we continue to be surrounded by it.
Have you ever asked yourself if you need all that stuff, or considered what might be your trash is another person’s treasure?
29 August 2019
Drivers of electric vehicles have a new spot to power up their motors in Adelaide’s south.
Three electric vehicle charging stations have been installed in the carpark of the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre.
16 August 2019
Uncovering long lost secrets at Onkaparinga Libraries
1 August 2019
When the Sampson Flat fire tore through eight small peri-urban communities northeast of Adelaide in January 2015 there was one particular group of volunteers working around the clock to help affected animals and wildlife — South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM).
Illuminart will shine a light on a dark past at Aldinga on 30 August
23 July 2019
Within the southern Mount Lofty Ranges is a landscape to rival anywhere in the world, with its spectacular vistas, rugged ridges and a river gorge teeming with life. Welcome to Onkaparinga River National Park.
Seeing Willow race with her pals around the new Dinton Farm Dog Park, sniffing and exploring, tail wagging so quickly it’s just a blur, you’d never know she had such a rough start to life.
A new shared-use path and foreshore park upgrades complement one of the most pristine and popular sections of our coastline.
How does a group of 16 to 25-year-olds plan, prepare and deliver an event for their local community? By working hard, working together, and, judging by the success of this year’s Regen Festival, by attending the event management training course offered through Onkaparinga Youth.
Wine producer Dowie Doole is adding the finishing touches to its new cellar door ahead of a spring opening.
From the back garden to the beach and exploring reserves, Onkaparinga is a natural playground all year round.
Aboriginal artist Mickelina ‘Micky’ Barlow is one of those people who, upon meeting, you feel like you’ve known forever.
There’s now more support available for those making the life-changing adjustment to pregnancy and parenthood thanks to an Onkaparinga start-up business and the grant it has just received.
No butts about it, cigarettes are making the ocean sick, with toxins poisoning aquatic eco systems and filters killing sea birds and fish. But these vulnerable creatures have a champion. Or rather, an army of them.
Through her business, HR Development at Work, Bridget Hogg is changing the culture of workplaces, making them more effective and enjoyable. Her clients include medium and large-sized companies as well as federal, state and local governments.
22 July 2019
Finding information on the City of Onkaparinga’s website has now become quicker and easier, with council recently launching its new website.
18 July 2019
Join a world record attempt, learn to code and celebrate the moon landing on Saturday 20 July.
10 July 2019
If you’re on the lookout for something different to do these school holidays that will coax the kids out of the house, then the Willunga Golf Course has an activity they’ll get a kick out of – literally!
8 July 2019
Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week (7-14 July).
20 June 2019
A new Artist in Residence exhibition in Port Noarlunga is shining a spotlight on the rare native plants in our backyard.
24 May 2019
Learn, laugh and come together during two Noarlunga Centre events in May
22 May 2019
Six recently upgraded sporting facilities for your next kick, hit or a catch.
21 May 2019
Up to 1250 solar panels will soon be installed on council buildings, slashing emissions and costs.
13 May 2019
Meet some of Australia’s bestselling writers at Onkaparinga Libraries’ Author Talks.
26 April 2019
Meet the Peters, the family behind the newly-named Peters Park, Christies Beach.
23 April 2019
Explore the history of your own backyard during South Australia’s History Festival.
12 April 2019
Exploring the Aldinga to Sellicks trail offers experiences not to be missed. Starting at the historic precinct of Old Coach Road you can pack trail treats from some of the region’s iconic eateries before stepping out from the Aldinga Sports Complex to the coast, via nature’s hidden gems.
“Often life can get very routine and busy and having moments when you are taken away — even momentarily — by music, dance or art can help bring back a healthy balance to life.”
Before announcing the award winners, Mayor Thompson commended all nominees for their exemplary service to the local community and for being role models to everyone.
While McLaren Vale has long been a wine lover’s paradise, the region is increasingly gaining a reputation as a go-to destination for craft beer enthusiasts.
Calling all screenies. A digital fantasy land has arrived in Onkaparinga and your help is needed. There are dinosaur eggs to be found, kittens to be caught, trees to be rescued and aliens to be saved.
Anyone who meets Kathleen Davies, 102, cannot help but be charmed. The Huntfield Heights resident has a polite but playful way about her. Although she’s been in Australia half a century, her English accent remains strong and she refers to everyone, endearingly, as ‘darling’. She might not move as quickly as when she was bussing tables as a waitress, and her eyesight is sadly waning due to macular degeneration. But she’s as quick witted as they come, with an astounding ability to recount details and stories in vivid detail.
Whoever coined the phrase ‘twilight years’ for those entering their later stages of life obviously never visited Elizabeth House. Attendees of the positive ageing centre, located at 112 Elizabeth Road, Christie Downs, are far too busy learning, creating and socialising to waste time fading off into the sunset.
Plastic! We can’t live with it and we can’t live without it. Or can we? Mariah Appleby is a 21-year-old environmentalist who transitioned from plastic dependence to a more sustainable lifestyle two years ago.
Volunteers are invaluable. Libraries benefit. Art centres benefit. Youth, seniors and the environment benefit. Even the aesthetics of the region flourish under their care. But mostly the community benefits in ways that cannot be measured.
27 March 2019
The final design for the sprawling nature playspace at Morphett Vale's Wilfred Taylor Reserve is complete and council's wants your feedback.
6 March 2019
For the little-tackers, trucks are fascinating and impressive. In April, children and families will have the opportunity to get a close-up look at a range of council trucks and vehicles at the City of Onkaparinga’s first Touch a Truck event.
Council’s new Outfit Program is teaching older people how to safely and effectively use outdoor fitness parks.
1 March 2019
Onkaparinga youth take out the Best Documentary award for their climate change film at the Fleurieu Film Festival.
12 February 2019
Soon thousands of people around the country will be rolling up their sleeves to help clean up beaches, parks, waterways, bushlands and streets.
1 February 2019
It’s mid-morning on a weekday during the school holidays; everything is still, the air is warm, and birds are singing as they rustle around in the trees and shrubs. But there’s more than meets the eye to this wetland.
29 January 2019
Meet the Port Noarlunga artist behind Richie Porte's stunning one-of-a-kind Santos Tour Down Under trophy.
18 January 2019
Experience the best of the Adelaide Fringe without driving down to the CBD.
14 January 2019
Where else can you snorkel with over 200 different marine species, surf on coveted reef breaks and paddle a kayak on either the ocean or the river — all within a few kilometres of each other?
You know you’re playing on a country golf course when you share the fairway with an occasional kangaroo or koala, especially when the latter also shares your water bottle on a hot day.
There’ll be oodles of fair dinkum free and affordable family fun to be had at the City of Onkaparinga’s Australia Day events on Saturday 26 January.
Whether it’s through her business account, Chloe Jane Creative where she gives sneak peeks of some of the work she’s been doing for brands large and small; or through her popular personal account, Love Chloe Jane, — which at time of writing had amassed a following of 14,600 Instagram users — Chloe loves connecting with people on the platform. And she has become extremely good at it — so good that she’s been asked to share her best tips with other small businesses from the Onkaparinga region.
With four children Jonathan and Tina Hart have hosted many parties. Yet something wasn’t right. With a concern for the environment, using non-sustainable products took the shine off the celebrations. The alternative was hours spent at the kitchen sink washing dishes — also unappealing.
The doors open and life pours in. A couple of giggly boys eagerly recount their school days to mum and dad. An elderly lady’s face tells the story of a hundred difficult days. A woman holds a newborn whose eyes are brown and wide and seem to take in the activity around her with amusement. The smell of a freshly cooked meal is in the air — tonight it’s creamy bacon pasta followed by chocolate pudding, ice cream and strawberries. There are bursts of chatter and nods of greeting as the throng finds seats. Some are regulars, some might only attend tonight — but all are in need of a hearty meal and some kindness.
Sworn in on 20 November, the new Council comprises Mayor Erin Thompson and 12 ward councillors. There are five new faces; six councillors were re-elected from the immediate past-Council, and one has served on Council previously.
Clarendon Primary School’s kitchen garden is a living classroom that enriches learning across all subjects and year levels.
Lack of mobility, transportation and even confidence can isolate people, impacting on their wellbeing, their families and their community. Social Connections addresses this head on — with a smile. It’s a program that gets people out of the house and back into the community, so whether the focus is on fishing, dancing or excursions there’s a group to suit almost everyone.
Wanting to minimise waste, the school put its hand up for an audit by the City of Onkaparinga’s Waste and Recycling Education team. That was term one last year and a comparison audit followed in term four, with results exceeding expectations.
11 January 2019
Meet some of the City of Onkaparinga Australia Day Award nominees.
21 December 2018
Say hello to Onkaparinga's newest al fresco dining options.
20 December 2018
Staff at the City of Onkaparinga have taken part in a food drive to help stock the shelves at the new Foodbank Food Hub in Christies Beach.
17 December 2018
Local school students are deep-diving into the hot topic of climate change as part of the Climate Ready Schools program.
The program – an initiative between Adelaide and Mount Lofty Natural Resources Management (NRM) Education, City of Onkaparinga and Resilient South – aims to raise awareness of the global issue and sets out to challenge young people’s thinking.
11 December 2018
The first South Australian (SA) road built with soft plastics and glass at Happy Valley in the City of Onkaparinga has seen plastic from approximately 139,000 plastic bags and packaging and 39,750 glass bottle equivalents diverted from landfill.
5 December 2018
Classic motoring enthusiasts are in for a spectacle next year when, for the first time in its 14-year history, the McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic will include motorcycles.
The City of Onkaparinga’s first ‘smart bench’ has been installed at Rotary Park in Christies Beach, offering people an opportunity to sit down, charge their phones and access free Wi-Fi.
21 November 2018
This slowed down version of the game is the latest craze for adults who would like to have a crack at netball but are not able to run or jump.
12 November 2018
The council is seeking community and business views on the plan between now and 5pm on Monday 17 December 2018.
16 October 2018
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It’s pre-dawn and Kate Coates is already saddled up to exercise her 10-year-old Warmblood mare, Wicker, on the Tom Roberts Horse Trail near her Coromandel Valley property.
Laughter greets you before you cross the threshold of Studio 20. Inside, the foyer is filled with effervescent parents waiting to pick up their charges. The giggles are contagious.
She’s a black and white streak of lightning. Her name is Pepper and she’s a regular at the leash-free zone on O’Sullivan Beach.
Save the date because you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else on Sunday 20 January 2019 when the eyes of the world are on the City of Onkaparinga for the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere.
This year’s City of Onkaparinga Christmas Pageant is set to take merry to a new level, with a heightened Christmas spirit and a higher standard of floats than ever before.
d’Arry’s memoir reflects that of the McLaren Vale wine industry, transitioning from a fortified and bulk wine producer to global distributor and leader in sustainable wine production. He’s an influencer, not a follower, and has been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, a Patron of the Australian Wine Industry, a Medal of the Order of Australia, the Jimmy Watson Trophy, the title ‘Legend of the Vine’, Bushing King, and a 2018 City of Onkaparinga Civic Award for going above and beyond to serve his community.
The Aldinga Bike Kitchen is much more than a DIY bike shop. Run by volunteers, the not-for-profit organisation offers bikes for sale as well as some to give away.
Locals are making good use of the newly upgraded Karawatha Reserve in O’Sullivan Beach. An elderly man exercises his dog on the grass, a pair of teenagers practice handstands on the softfall rubber, and toddler Robbie rushes from one piece of equipment to the next. Fortunately his mother Adele Binns is also swift-footed and can keep up with Robbie’s cracking pace.
In September 2016 the Onkaparinga region was saturated. It was the wettest year in decades and after months of above-average rainfall the soil was soaked, groundwater was high and the drainage system was overwhelmed, causing localised flooding in urban and rural areas.
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