23 April 2021
In Focus is a new series of Onkaparinga Now articles will help you get to know the elected members that represent you and your community.
21 April 2021
City of Onkaparinga’s inaugural First Nations People Advisory Group was established this week, representing another important step towards reconciliation.
A new wildflower meadow at Woodcroft’s Robert Wright Park may be the first of its kind in Australia.
16 April 2021
Calling all foodies and wine lovers—one of the country’s longest-running food and wine festivals is happening in Adelaide from 30 April to 9 May and the southern suburbs are packed with events.
We’re one week into the school holidays and there are still plenty of free activities on offer at City of Onkaparinga’s libraries.
The Woodcroft-Morphett Vale Neighbourhood Centre will host a free Community Food Expo on Thursday 22 April where you can get involved with growing, cooking and sharing food activities.
Kangarilla Uniting Church provides the backdrop for a new Pioneers Memorial Garden.
13 April 2021
Five chicks fledged from September to March, raising hopes for the threatened species in Onkaparinga.
12 April 2021
Learn how your annual council rates are calculated as part of a new campaign to demystify City of Onkaparinga’s finances.
Six Onkaparinga towns have been named finalists in the inaugural SA Top Tourism Town Awards and they’re seeking your vote.
6 April 2021
City of Onkaparinga is seeking feedback for a new Seaford public art project to commemorate the traumatic impact of family and domestic violence on individuals, families and communities.
31 March 2021
Prime Minister Scott Morrison joined the mayors of Onkaparinga, Marion and Holdfast Bay today to announce the news, which will help create a more resilient SA recycling sector in partnership with councils and the private sector.
26 March 2021
A new plan to encourage visitors to stop, stay and spend in McLaren Vale has been approved by council this month.
25 March 2021
City of Onkaparinga is seeking feedback on its draft Arts and Cultural Development Action Plan 2021-24.
23 March 2021
The state government will match City of Onkaparinga funding to make the upgrade a reality.
22 March 2021
Enjoy food, drink, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, market stalls and more at Christies Beach’s Rotary Park this Saturday 27 March.
It’s the latest milestone for the wider Sports and Community Hub at Christie Downs, which is due to open later this year.
18 March 2021
It’s time for fans of local photography to focus their attention on the Onkaparinga Presence Photography Exhibition.
15 March 2021
Get set for your new-look magazine come October, keeping more residents informed while delivering cost-savings for ratepayers.
11 March 2021
The people have spoken—meet the fancy new characters joining the crew at Aberfoyle’s Thalassa Park.
9 March 2021
It’s full steam ahead for the Aldinga Sports Park redevelopment, as council green lights the plan to guide its future.
Mayor calls it a “watershed moment” for the City of Onkaparinga.
3 March 2021
A facilities block in Port Noarlunga South has received a vibrant makeover in a collaboration between the City of Onkaparinga and a local artist.
1 March 2021
Former World Champion and dual Olympian Sam Willoughby says it'll be "one of the greatest BMX facilities in the world".
26 February 2021
Your guide to what’s on during the Adelaide Fringe in Onkaparinga.
25 February 2021
The Environment Protection Authority has knocked back an application for PFAS to be disposed of at McLaren Vale, following council and community opposition.
24 February 2021
City of Onkaparinga’s ambitious tree planting program wins Premier’s award for tackling climate change.
23 February 2021
Onkaparinga calls for EPA to hold urgent public meeting on PFAS landfill site at McLaren Vale.
18 February 2021
A photo of a large-scale sand drawing has taken out the People’s Choice Award at the 2020-21 Surf Art Exhibition.
9 February 2021
They’re just the third wine brand in Australia to achieve the milestone.
5 February 2021
Get fit and see the south with three major running events headed to Onkaparinga over the coming months, suitable for all ages and abilities.
2 February 2021
The City of Onkaparinga has launched a new Transparency and Integrity Portal to improve the visibility of its operations and accountability to its community.
29 January 2021
Days after the Cherry Gardens bushfire, residents, emergency services, volunteers and council staff survey the damage and work to make the fireground safe.
28 January 2021
A lifesaver; a community and sports leader, teacher and volunteer; and a wildlife-lover who helped injured animals following bushfires have been recognised in City of Onkaparinga’s 2021 Australia Day Awards.
25 January 2021
Who will join Grug, the Dirty Dinosaur and the cast of other sculptures at Aberfoyle Park’s tribute to some of Australia’s best-loved children’s book characters?
19 January 2021
Enjoy a Family Fair at Morphett Vale’s Wilfred Taylor Reserve on Australia Day, as well as free breakfasts at Happy Valley, Aldinga, Willunga and Noarlunga.
Caring for a relative who is managing long-term illness is a constant labour of love, leaving little time for self-care, keeping socially connected and engaging in leisure and recreational activities.
The third stage of the Sturt River Linear Park Master Plan has recently been completed in Coromandel Valley, inspired by the area’s rich history and natural environment.
For more than three years, the Howard family of Port Noarlunga South, including Dave and Amber and their children Eris, Noah and Charlee, have been making changes to their lifestyle to reduce their dependence on plastic packaging. Now, Dave says, the family is working toward increasing their food security with homegrown goodness.
For nearly 50 years, Terry Haighton endeavoured to spray and scrub the Onkaparinga region clean of unsightly graffiti.
Lonsdale is the premium industrial estate in southern Adelaide, acting as a gateway to the city to the north and the Fleurieu Peninsula to the south. The area has attracted a plethora of investors in the past year buying land for new developments and business locations.
The collective values of people in the local area are being harnessed in a suite of masterclasses and short and long-format programs delivered by Leadership Onkaparinga.
The Kangarilla community is being supported by the Australian Red Cross and the City of Onkaparinga to band together to be more effectively prepared for and respond to a significant emergency event.
Quick thinking, state-of-the-art technology and teamwork spared a major O’Sullivan Beach road from a lengthy closure and costly roadworks.
15 January 2021
The reimagined domestic cycling race, from the organisers of the Tour Down Under, touches down in Onkaparinga on Saturday 23 January.
12 January 2021
The community and heritage property owners are being encouraged to provide their feedback as the City of Onkaparinga updates its list of local heritage places.
11 January 2021
Renowned aquatic ecologist, Peri Coleman recently joined council’s Parks and Natural Resources team and local families to put the health of the Onkaparinga River at Old Noarlunga under a microscope.
7 January 2021
A new concept plan for Port Noarlunga’s Wearing Street project has been approved by Council.
6 January 2021
Council has secured millions in government funding for roads and community infrastructure across the city, as it also pursues additional funding from a range of other stimulus programs.
23 December 2020
One of the City of Onkaparinga’s oldest (and friendliest) residents, Kathleen Davies, celebrates her 104th on 30 December.
22 December 2020
A look back at the 10 most-read Onkaparinga Now stories of the year, as clicked you.
18 December 2020
The seventh edition of the region’s much-loved visitor guide is available now, just in time for the holidays.
17 December 2020
A new renewable energy hub combing solar power and bio-gas has been launched at Seaford Heights, providing energy for surrounding homes.
16 December 2020
The City of Onkaparinga has called on the state government to fix the latest version of the state government’s new draft planning laws, joining a chorus of concerned council voices.
15 December 2020
Plans for a proposed $2.6 million upgrade of Onkaparinga River Recreation Park in Seaford Meadows will see a major wetland overhaul.
After years of heartbreak, Harvey and Daphne’s latest chick was spotted flying at Port Willunga last week – their first fledgling since 2015.
9 December 2020
Council has selected the route of the McLaren Flat to McLaren Vale trail, which will now proceed to detailed design and construction following community feedback.
8 December 2020
A new and reimagined cycling event, presented by the Santos Tour Down Under, is headed to Onkaparinga in January.
4 December 2020
Five ways to get into the spirit of Christmas in Onkaparinga.
3 December 2020
The Christie Downs reserve is set for a life-changing transformation in 2021.
2 December 2020
Summer has begun, which means a series of stellar pop-up events along Onkaparinga’s foreshore and coastal areas.
Fire Danger Season began on Tuesday and residents are being urged to do their bit to protect their homes, community and environment.
1 December 2020
Council wants your say on the Aldinga Sports Park Draft Master Plan, which sets a long-term vision for the site alongside the region’s growing population.
A new 700-metre shared-use path has created a continuous trail link between Moana, Christies Beach, O’Sullivan Beach and Port Stanvac.
30 November 2020
City of Onkaparinga is asking for feedback on two key plans that will guide council’s long-term financial future and demonstrate how it manages $2.9 billion in assets.
25 November 2020
City of Onkaparinga’s 2019-2020 Annual Report spotlights council’s achievements and its “unwavering focus” on the wellbeing and resilience of communities affected by COVID-19.
Gemtree Wines' Melissa Brown and Fall From Grace's Gill Gordon-Smith took home national honours at last night's Australian Women in Wine Awards.
19 November 2020
City of Onkaparinga wants your feedback on its draft Sellicks Beach Structure Plan and future development in the suburb.
12 November 2020
Register now for free cat desexing and microchipping sessions in 2021.
11 November 2020
Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 ON Business Awards, which were presented in McLaren Vale on Wednesday night.
9 November 2020
NAIDOC Week, celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, is in full swing – here’s how you can take part in the City of Onkaparinga.
Potential boundary changes affecting nine councils, including Onkaparinga, have been explored in a new report.
6 November 2020
O’Sullivan Beach Boat Ramp will be upgraded following council and state government funding commitments, and campaigning from the local community.
3 November 2020
Primary Industries Minister David Basham's decision just doesn't add up, says Mayor Thompson.
30 October 2020
Tell us about the kinds of stories you want to read, and when and how you prefer to read them.
22 October 2020
Inspiring Onkaparinga residents, businesses and community and sporting groups have been recognised in the past fortnight in a range of prestigious local, state and national awards.
21 October 2020
Have your say on how council can better protect sensitive areas of the coast while maintaining vehicle access to our spectacular beaches.
20 October 2020
If you’re looking to get outside and have a new adventure in the Onkaparinga River National Park, Google Street View will show you the way before you leave home.
Explore the heritage of Coromandel Valley along the Sturt River Linear Park walk, winding from Frank Smith Park on Magarey Road to Horner’s Bridge, about 3km downstream.
A group of Willunga residents is transforming their local reserve into an area they aim to have teeming with biodiversity.
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A kangaroo joey trapped in a wire fence at Happy Valley yesterday was freed by council rangers, much to the relief of mum and dad.
For more than a decade since Sue and Ash Read made a sea change from their rural property, they have been giving their time and care to protecting the Hooded Plovers on our region’s beaches.
Woodwork craftsman Matt Sarre’s eyes shine when he talks about the bespoke fine furniture he creates for MS Wood customers.
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The five-year Aldinga Washpool Revegetation Project by Green Adelaide and the City of Onkaparinga around the Aldinga Washpool Lagoon is approaching its halfway point and is already enjoying significant results.
Young artists are using social media to share their music performances recorded in a videography session at Base 10 Youth Centre, going some way to surmounting a loss of live performance opportunities this year.
The semi-rural suburb of Whites Valley, located approximately 2km inland between Aldinga and Willunga, is home to about 300 residents. Today the land is planted mainly to vineyards, but its flour-milling history pre-dates the establishment of its neighbouring townships.
Work is getting under way on building new male and female changerooms in community sporting and recreation centres at Cherry Gardens, Flagstaff Hill and Hackham.
13 October 2020
A shared walking and cycling trail between the iconic townships of McLaren Flat and McLaren Vale is a step closer following a federal government funding announcement.
Have you ever wanted to attend a Council meeting but never had the time? Now you can watch Council meetings from the comfort of your lounge room.
9 October 2020
Cast your vote in the ON Business Awards now and recognise the local businesses going above and beyond in an unprecedented year.
7 October 2020
McLaren Vale and Willunga have been nominated for the 2020 South Australian Agricultural Town of the Year award and voting is now open.
6 October 2020
The south is getting a new shellfish reef thanks to a partnership between the Australian Government, The Nature Conservancy and state government to help coastal communities recover.
1 October 2020
A new temporary artwork in the heart of Willunga is aiming to bring awareness to the impacts of our everyday choices.
25 September 2020
A new community-based program aimed at getting Onkaparinga’s neighbours of all ages to connect and play regularly has received a $70,000 state government grant.
18 September 2020
Landholders can now access two new grants to carry out important conservation works on their properties, protecting the state’s native vegetation and the species that depend on it.
Council has agreed to partner with South Australian charity Can:Do for five years at its new special needs hub at Colonnades.
16 September 2020
Council last night voted to apply for the City of Onkaparinga to remain a non genetically-modified area following feedback from industry and community, including McLaren Vale's world-famous wine region.
15 September 2020
Inaugural City of Onkaparinga councillor Sue Tonkin has been elected to the Mid Coast ward following a supplementary election.
14 September 2020
City of Onkaparinga has released a concept plan for a new shared-use path at Port Willunga that will provide a 6.8-kilometre foreshore link between Maslin and Aldinga Beaches.
11 September 2020
Disability Employment Services provider Multiple Solutions becomes member #1000 for the award-winning support program.
Australia’s largest cat desexing program kicked off Thursday morning, with RSPCA South Australia’s veterinary team operating on the first cats booked for a free snip by their owners.
31 August 2020
Booking a space for your next function has never been easier with the introduction of a new booking system for Onkaparinga’s halls.
A new Onkaparinga Youth exhibition by emerging Happy Valley artist, Pearl George, encourages us to think positively about ourselves and embrace our differences.
19 August 2020
A new program to prioritise buying recycled products is helping the environment and local economies across nine council areas, including Onkaparinga.
Hooded Plovers have begun laying eggs in Onkaparinga, kickstarting the breeding season for the threatened beach-nesting birds.
17 August 2020
Nominations for this year's mayor's garden competition are now open. We meet Mark and Paddy who took their bare paddock to a lush, sustainable garden, and won the best residential garden award in 2019.
12 August 2020
For 125 years, the Clarendon Weir has played a significant role in managing the supply of water to homes and businesses across metropolitan Adelaide.
Around the Onkaparinga region, artists are designing and making pieces that speak of the freedom they have discovered in being creatively expressive. It’s a sentiment shared by Kristie Robb, owner of Made of Stars, an eclectic retail outlet in Port Noarlunga stocking handmade gifts, jewellery and homewares.
The highly anticipated nature-focussed playspace at Wilfred Taylor Reserve in Morphett Vale is now open for families to enjoy.
During the weeks and months of staying safe at home during the coronavirus pandemic, many people took to decluttering their cupboards and sheds to make their space more comfortable. If you’re wondering what to do with all of that stuff now, register for the Garage Sale Trail on the weekend of 21 and 22 November.
Sue Greenwood and her husband, Jason Garrood, have sustainable living down to an art. Their property at Willunga, named Footprint Garden Farm, was built from the ground up three years ago.
The biennial Shimmer Festival of Photography comes alive again this year from 11 September to 11 October, celebrating the creative talents of exhibiting photographers and showcasing the region’s unique mix of art, food and wine.
A local government Wellbeing and Resilience Program is fostering a sense of wellbeing among older residents and helping create social connections.
The council’s Disability Program is providing people aged 18 to 65 with a unique opportunity to participate in group-based social and recreational activities.
The Art Shop, located in the foyer of the Arts Centre in Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga, showcases more than 500 beautiful and unique pieces created by talented local artists. Now the Art Shop’s online store is open for browsing and features the same original artworks, including handmade jewellery, paintings, woodwork, ceramics, textiles and cards.
New Foodbank SA Mobile Food Hubs at Aldinga and Seaford Community Centre are helping fight hunger in the south.
11 August 2020
City of Onkaparinga wineries cleaned up in the prestigious 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Awards.
10 August 2020
Exploring ways we can all take action on climate change ahead of a new three-part climate change documentary premiering on ABC this week.
5 August 2020
A new series of free online author talks will highlight the incredible work of First Nations authors, kicking off with Bruce Pascoe on 24 August.
31 July 2020
Enjoy a range of fun online activities celebrating all things oceanic for National Science Week thanks to Onkaparinga Libraries.
29 July 2020
More than 2000 cats and kittens south of Adelaide will soon get the snip — at no cost to their owners — thanks to a joint initiative by the City of Onkaparinga and RSPCA South Australia.
28 July 2020
Help shape the future of your city by providing feedback on two new strategic plans.
23 July 2020
A supplementary election is imminent for the vacant Mid Coast ward councillor position, with nominations opening today and voting commencing mid-August.
20 July 2020
A recent meeting between the Governor of South Australia and City of Onkaparinga’s mayor and CEO looked at how communities are coping with the strain of COVID-19.
17 July 2020
A new Morphett Vale solar carpark shade is the first of its kind in SA and is the latest Onkaparinga building to get a green upgrade.
The future of Aldinga’s growing sporting community has been boosted by City of Onkaparinga’s 2020-21 Budget and $2.26 million in federal funding.
16 July 2020
Meet the local artists behind a new colouring-in book that shines a light on the iconic wildlife, scenery, landmarks and towns of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
9 July 2020
How a decade-long mission to remove roadside weeds is protecting native biodiversity and reducing the region’s fire risk.
8 July 2020
A zero per cent rate increase for Onkaparinga ratepayers in 2020-21 was adopted last night with council’s Budget and Annual Business Plan.
7 July 2020
Twenty Onkaparinga community infrastructure projects are being put forward to take advantage of $2.46 million in federal COVID-19 stimulus funding.
6 July 2020
A new pop-up ice skating at Noarlunga is among a raft of school holidays activities on offer in the City of Onkaparinga.
25 June 2020
The largest playspace in Adelaide’s south officially opens today.
22 June 2020
Remembering the life Ray Gilbert, celebrated former City of Onkaparinga mayor and tireless community volunteer.
A city-wide review of City of Onkaparinga’s local built heritage places will take place for the first time since council was formed in 1998.
9 June 2020
City of Onkaparinga’s Michael Feszczak took out an inaugural award at the State Government’s annual Volunteers Day ceremony last night.
3 June 2020
With Port Noarlunga’s Arts Centre and Sauerbier House reopening this week, we take a look at the exhibitions, events and a new online store on offer to get your arts fix.
28 May 2020
Celebrate National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) online in the City of Onkaparinga.
27 May 2020
City of Onkaparinga has unveiled a $3.1 million redevelopment proposal for Port Noarlunga Sports Ground to cater to the region’s growing sporting population.
25 May 2020
Council has released two draft plans that will help shape Onkaparinga for the next decade or more, and it wants residents to have their say.
22 May 2020
Four big-name authors are headed to your house thanks to Onkaparinga Libraries.
21 May 2020
A new multi-million dollar sports and recreation hub at Christie Downs' Morton Road Reserve is set to change lives.
20 May 2020
Mayor Erin Thompson says the decision responds to the impacts of COVID-19.
11 May 2020
Council has outlined 26 “shovel-ready” projects in response to a government request for projects that could be fast-tracked.
A long-awaited shared-use path linking the foreshores of Port Noarlunga and Christies Beach will go ahead after the state government agreed to match City of Onkaparinga funding.
28 April 2020
Food in the time of coronavirus around the City of Onkaparinga.
27 April 2020
The bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables growing at Tatachilla market garden, Grow and Harvest, is just the start of the nourishment being provided to the local community. The recently established business is conducting workshops for schools, people ageing actively and corporate teams.
The genuine affection Bev Langley has for the creatures in her care is evident as she walks around her property talking to the “kids”.
The strength, passion and contributions of individuals and groups nominated for council’s Australia Day awards were commended by Mayor Erin Thompson at the annual Bush Fair on 26 January.
For three decades, council-owned and operated positive ageing centres Elizabeth House, in Christie Downs, and Wakefield House, in Morphett Vale, have been a safe and welcoming meeting place for members of the community. The friendships fostered through the social activities at the centres are a lifeblood for visitors. Attendees enjoy gathering to share a delicious and wholesome meal, prepared in-house by the healthy eating facilitators using vegetables grown in the centres’ own community gardens.
To make use of stormwater runoff, Treenet kerb inlets are being connected in areas where the council is undertaking streetscape improvements or rebuilding the kerbing.
Young people in the local community are joining in a free seven-week program called How to Adult. The program is helping participants learn how to manage the responsibilities that are part of everyday life for most adults.
Community members interested in local flora and fauna are invited to join in the new Naturehoodz project being managed by the council via the iNaturalist mobile application and website.
Residents of all ages are continuing to enjoy the resources available from Onkaparinga libraries despite the premises closing to the public in March in the interest of safety during the coronavirus pandemic.
23 April 2020
A new City of Onkaparinga grant aims to help community groups tackle social isolation, mental health, financial security and food security in the face of COVID-19.
21 April 2020
A cycleway has been proposed between the iconic townships of Aldinga and Willunga and we want your say.
20 April 2020
Get involved in Onkaparinga Youth’s school holiday program from your own home.
How Onkaparinga residents and businesses are joining the fight against COVID-19.
15 April 2020
Ways to keep healthy and active during isolation with local online classes.
14 April 2020
Keep the kids entertained and happy with these fun ideas from Onkaparinga residents, libraries, programs and businesses.
9 April 2020
A long-lost butterfly is being reintroduced to Aldinga Washpool following a decades-long project.
27 March 2020
A slew of energy-reducing projects has helped Onkaparinga become a cleaner, greener council.
There's a new character at Thalassa Park's Storybook Walk.
24 March 2020
Have you ever yearned to grow your own produce at home and use the fruits of your labour in delicious home-cooked meals? During 2019 City of Onkaparinga responded to community demand and committed resources to an innovative food program.
18 March 2020
City of Onkaparinga has revealed its vision for a state-of-the-art enterprise, community and cultural hub for Adelaide’s south.
16 March 2020
In a huge win for the environment, a new recycling plant will be built at Seaford Heights, creating jobs and helping to build a circular economy.
11 March 2020
Do you want to really nail your photography skills to upgrade your social media posts, take professional ID or passport shots, create fun family images or just capture awesome pics with your friends? The Onkaparinga Youth Enterprise Hub (OYEH) is running workshops to give young people, including entrepreneurs and small business start-ups, experience in a photography studio.
5 March 2020
With the very high temperatures experienced this summer in Adelaide, many of us simply stay indoors with the air conditioning going full tilt. SA Water has provided an innovative solution to being stuck at home during summer heatwaves.
28 February 2020
The 2019 Gymnastics SA Annual Awards saw local club Hub Gymnastics take out a number of prestigious awards. The awards are a fitting recognition of the achievements made during the first 12 months of the club’s return to the Onkaparinga region at the O’Halloran Hill Recreation Centre.
26 February 2020
When it comes to job hunting, your CV is your most important tool in gaining that all-important first interview.
Are you curious about your family history, but don't know what you are looking for or where to begin?
Does the idea of downloading an app make you or someone you know scratch your head with frustration?
6 February 2020
There’s no need to head to the CBD during the Adelaide Fringe – everything you need is right here in the City of Onkaparinga.
3 February 2020
Morphett Vale East Kindergarten has used a City of Onkaparinga grant to transform its front garden, and the kids – and birds – couldn’t be happier.
29 January 2020
Port Noarlunga or O’Sullivan Beach could become home to Adelaide’s new shellfish reef and you can have your say.
24 January 2020
Whether your New Year’s resolution was to get fit, get out more or learn a new skill, these events, programs and experiences are the antidote to waning motivation.
This will be the 22nd consecutive year the City of Onkaparinga has hosted the major event since it came to Australia, and the second year it will hold the prestigious Be Safe Be Seen sixth and final stage.
Imagine emerging from a salty swim to a chilled beverage and hot fish and chips served to you while you laze on your day bed under the shade of an umbrella. Surely you’re dreaming. But when you overlook the Port Noarlunga jetty and paddleboarders are gliding past, you’ll realise you’re home and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Welcome to the Cabana Beach Club, a sandy extension of the landmark restaurant Hortas.
About five years ago Nick and Natalie Joyner left their home in the United Kingdom for Australia, initially to test the waters. But it didn’t take long for the outdoor lifestyle to capture the couple’s hearts, and for their five children to put down roots.
Throw out your picnic rug and enjoy an evening of entertainment and family fun at Onkaparinga’s annual Bush Fair on Sunday 26 January at the South Adelaide Football Club oval, Noarlunga Downs.
Mildred and her cheeky budgerigar Chichi have a home that’s full of memories of her life on the stage and in the spotlight. She’s barely over four foot tall, but her tiny frame is packed with personality.
Morphett Vale was originally colonised as a series of farmland estates, when early settlers were attracted to the same rolling hills and ocean views that appeal to residents and tourists today.
From burgers, beverages and fresh produce to nourish our bellies, to yoga and live music to nourish our souls; local businesses offering all these things and everything in between have been acknowledged at the inaugural Onkaparinga Business Awards celebration.
If your feet itch to Boot Scootin’ Boogie, or your knitting needles click a little louder in the company of other industrious folk, or your tenacious character enjoys an intense game of snooker, then Wakefield House is the place to be.
Should our youth help solve some of society’s most pressing problems? This rhetorical question was considered by the City of Onkaparinga last year, reasoning that while these issues affect everyone, young people will be impacted the most.
Young BMX and mountain biking enthusiasts have been getting their hands dirty with a project combining the City of Onkaparinga and the community.
8 January 2020
A forgotten Christie Downs reserve on the site of a former drive-in theatre gets a community-inspired makeover.
13 December 2019
New seating at a thriving Hackham West garden embodies the strength of a community.
28 November 2019
Meet the winners of the 2019 Mayor’s Garden Competition.
22 November 2019
Our sweethearts’ names revealed, and Onkaparinga’s first fledged Hooded Plovers chicks in two years.
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.
“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.
Retailers are rubbing their eyes and getting ready to start their day before the first shoppers arrive, but members of Colonnades Walkers are already hitting their stride. This is the group’s 21st year.
A recent community engagement study has revealed how important the City of Onkaparinga libraries are to the community.
A new online platform now makes it easier to have your say about what’s happening in the City of Onkaparinga, have your opinions considered and provide feedback whenever it suits you.
If earthworms come to mind, you’re right. If pre-schoolers come to mind, you’re also right, for many three-to-five-year-olds are stewards of these nocturnal invertebrates that reside in kindergartens across the region.
A telecommunication specialist and a graphic designer have received a financial boost thanks to the City of Onkaparinga’s ON Business Partner Program Small Grant initiative.
In its first 12 months OYEH recorded over 2300 attendances, launched three startups, and provided space for 13 young entrepreneurs to run their businesses.
In a unique program – Climate is Change – two artists immersed themselves in the City of Onkaparinga’s natural environment, gleaned local knowledge and were privy to quantitative research conducted by the council’s Sustainability, Conservation, Biodiversity, and Spatial Information teams.
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