Taking back the streets

Taking back the streets

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.

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Revitalising conservation

Revitalising conservation

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.

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City of Onkaparinga partners with Can:Do South

City of Onkaparinga partners with Can:Do South

18 September 2020

Council has agreed to partner with South Australian charity Can:Do for five years at its new special needs hub at Colonnades.

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City of Onkaparinga set to apply for non-GM crop area designation

City of Onkaparinga set to apply for non-GM crop area designation

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.

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Meet your new councillor

Meet your new councillor

15 September 2020

Inaugural City of Onkaparinga councillor Sue Tonkin has been elected to the Mid Coast ward following a supplementary election.

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Iconic cliff-top path for Port Willunga

Iconic cliff-top path for Port Willunga

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.

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ON Business Partner Program celebrates 1000 members

ON Business Partner Program celebrates 1000 members

11 September 2020

Disability Employment Services provider Multiple Solutions becomes member #1000 for the award-winning support program.

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First cats in for free snip with RSPCA

First cats in for free snip with RSPCA

11 September 2020

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.

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Halls for hire

Halls for hire

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.

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My Brain is a Circus

My Brain is a Circus

31 August 2020

A new Onkaparinga Youth exhibition by emerging Happy Valley artist, Pearl George, encourages us to think positively about ourselves and embrace our differences.

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Circular success

Circular success

19 August 2020

A new program to prioritise buying recycled products is helping the environment and local economies across nine council areas, including Onkaparinga.

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Hooded Plover season begins

Hooded Plover season begins

19 August 2020

Hooded Plovers have begun laying eggs in Onkaparinga, kickstarting the breeding season for the threatened beach-nesting birds.

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Planting the seeds of success

Planting the seeds of success

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.

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Exploring the Clarendon Weir

Exploring the Clarendon Weir

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.

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Illuminating local art

Illuminating local art

12 August 2020

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.

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Fill your day with play

Fill your day with play

12 August 2020

The highly anticipated nature-focussed playspace at Wilfred Taylor Reserve in Morphett Vale is now open for families to enjoy.

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Ready, set, read!

Ready, set, read!

12 August 2020

Whether you’re a prolific reader or you haven’t picked up a book in a while, the council’s librarians are excited to help you find your next page-turner using the personalised online advisory service Bibliophiles.

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Finding gold

Finding gold

12 August 2020

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.

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A foot in the right direction

A foot in the right direction

12 August 2020

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.

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Artists set to Shimmer

Artists set to Shimmer

12 August 2020

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.

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Better together

Better together

12 August 2020

A local government Wellbeing and Resilience Program is fostering a sense of wellbeing among older residents and helping create social connections.

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Fun with friends

Fun with friends

12 August 2020

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.

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Art Shop goes online

Art Shop goes online

12 August 2020

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.

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Food relief for Aldinga and Seaford

Food relief for Aldinga and Seaford

12 August 2020

New Foodbank SA Mobile Food Hubs at Aldinga and Seaford Community Centre are helping fight hunger in the south.

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Best of the best

Best of the best

11 August 2020

City of Onkaparinga wineries cleaned up in the prestigious 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Awards.

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Onkaparinga’s Fight for Planet A

Onkaparinga’s Fight for Planet A

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.

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Southern Deadly Yarns

Southern Deadly Yarns

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.

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Celebrating our marine environments

Celebrating our marine environments

31 July 2020

Enjoy a range of fun online activities celebrating all things oceanic for National Science Week thanks to Onkaparinga Libraries.

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Australia’s largest cat desexing program

Australia’s largest cat desexing program

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.

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Your say on arts, cultural development and community capacity

Your say on arts, cultural development and community capacity

28 July 2020

Help shape the future of your city by providing feedback on two new strategic plans.

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Make a difference

Make a difference

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.

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Counting the cost

Counting the cost

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.

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Made in the shade

Made in the shade

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.

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$4.6 million upgrade for Aldinga Sports Park

$4.6 million upgrade for Aldinga Sports Park

17 July 2020

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.

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Colours of the Fleurieu

Colours of the Fleurieu

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.

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Restoring our roadsides

Restoring our roadsides

9 July 2020

How a decade-long mission to remove roadside weeds is protecting native biodiversity and reducing the region’s fire risk.

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Zero rate increase for Onkaparinga ratepayers in 2020-21

Zero rate increase for Onkaparinga ratepayers in 2020-21

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.

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Grants boost for community projects

Grants boost for community projects

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.

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Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

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.

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The Wilfred Taylor nature playspace is now open!

The Wilfred Taylor nature playspace is now open!

25 June 2020

The largest playspace in Adelaide’s south officially opens today.

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Vale Ray Gilbert

Vale Ray Gilbert

22 June 2020

Remembering the life Ray Gilbert, celebrated former City of Onkaparinga mayor and tireless community volunteer.

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Preserving our built heritage

Preserving our built heritage

22 June 2020

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.

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Volunteer advocate honoured

Volunteer advocate honoured

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.

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Arts alive

Arts alive

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.

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In This Together

In This Together

28 May 2020

Celebrate National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) online in the City of Onkaparinga.

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Port Noarlunga sports boost

Port Noarlunga sports boost

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.

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Have your say on the city’s future

Have your say on the city’s future

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.

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Meet the authors

Meet the authors

22 May 2020

Four big-name authors are headed to your house thanks to Onkaparinga Libraries.

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Changing lives through sport

Changing lives through sport

21 May 2020

A new multi-million dollar sports and recreation hub at Christie Downs' Morton Road Reserve is set to change lives.

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City of Onkaparinga approves zero rate increase in draft budget

City of Onkaparinga approves zero rate increase in draft budget

20 May 2020

Mayor Erin Thompson says the decision responds to the impacts of COVID-19.

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City of Onkaparinga submits road upgrade wish-list for federal stimulus program

City of Onkaparinga submits road upgrade wish-list for federal stimulus program

11 May 2020

Council has outlined 26 “shovel-ready” projects in response to a government request for projects that could be fast-tracked.

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Witton Bluff success

Witton Bluff success

11 May 2020

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.

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Onkaparinga at Home: Eating well

Onkaparinga at Home: Eating well

28 April 2020

Food in the time of coronavirus around the City of Onkaparinga.

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Harvesting happiness

Harvesting happiness

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.

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Befriending the animals

Befriending the animals

27 April 2020

The genuine affection Bev Langley has for the creatures in her care is evident as she walks around her property talking to the “kids”.

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Gongs for local go-getters

Gongs for local go-getters

27 April 2020

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.

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Comfort Food

Comfort Food

27 April 2020

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.

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Innovative irrigation

Innovative irrigation

27 April 2020

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.

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Learning about life

Learning about life

27 April 2020

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.

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Calling citizen scientists

Calling citizen scientists

27 April 2020

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.

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Your library at home

Your library at home

27 April 2020

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.

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Building resilience

Building resilience

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.

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Have your say on cycleway

Have your say on cycleway

21 April 2020

A cycleway has been proposed between the iconic townships of Aldinga and Willunga and we want your say.

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Onkaparinga at home: School holiday activities

Onkaparinga at home: School holiday activities

20 April 2020

Get involved in Onkaparinga Youth’s school holiday program from your own home.

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Onkaparinga at Home: Lending a hand

Onkaparinga at Home: Lending a hand

20 April 2020

How Onkaparinga residents and businesses are joining the fight against COVID-19.

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Onkaparinga at Home: Keeping active

Onkaparinga at Home: Keeping active

15 April 2020

Ways to keep healthy and active during isolation with local online classes.

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Onkaparinga at Home: Kids

Onkaparinga at Home: Kids

14 April 2020

Keep the kids entertained and happy with these fun ideas from Onkaparinga residents, libraries, programs and businesses.

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Back from the brink

Back from the brink

9 April 2020

A long-lost butterfly is being reintroduced to Aldinga Washpool following a decades-long project.

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City of Onkaparinga emissions slashed by almost half over past decade

City of Onkaparinga emissions slashed by almost half over past decade

27 March 2020

A slew of energy-reducing projects has helped Onkaparinga become a cleaner, greener council.

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I’m a Dirty Dinosaur

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur

27 March 2020

There's a new character at Thalassa Park's Storybook Walk.

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Magic Harvest – a backyard revolution

Magic Harvest – a backyard revolution

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.

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Introducing 14° South

Introducing 14° South

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.

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Councils join forces to build a new recycling facility in Adelaide’s south

Councils join forces to build a new recycling facility in 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.

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Get the exposure you’re looking for

Get the exposure you’re looking for

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.

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Hot summer days – really cool parks

Hot summer days – really cool parks

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.

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Hub Gymnastics Club takes out prestigious awards

Hub Gymnastics Club takes out prestigious awards

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.

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Create a CV and cover letter to impress

Create a CV and cover letter to impress

26 February 2020

When it comes to job hunting, your CV is your most important tool in gaining that all-important first interview.

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Research your family history

Research your family history

26 February 2020

Are you curious about your family history, but don't know what you are looking for or where to begin? 

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Digital device skills for the beginner

Digital device skills for the beginner

26 February 2020

Does the idea of downloading an app make you or someone you know scratch your head with frustration?

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On the fringes

On the fringes

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.

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Kindy kids’ bird haven

Kindy kids’ bird haven

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.

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Adelaide’s new shellfish reef could be headed south

Adelaide’s new shellfish reef could be headed south

29 January 2020

Port Noarlunga or O’Sullivan Beach could become home to Adelaide’s new shellfish reef and you can have your say.

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New year, new you

New year, new you

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.

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Chain reaction

Chain reaction

24 January 2020

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.

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Coast with the most

Coast with the most

24 January 2020

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.

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Embracing a new home

Embracing a new home

24 January 2020

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.

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Australia Day Bush Fair

Australia Day Bush Fair

24 January 2020

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.

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Mildred is still a star

Mildred is still a star

24 January 2020

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.

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Rich with history

Rich with history

24 January 2020

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.

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A toast to the best of Onkaparinga business

A toast to the best of Onkaparinga business

24 January 2020

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.

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Ageing joyfully

Ageing joyfully

24 January 2020

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.

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Youth design solutions to big issues

Youth design solutions to big issues

24 January 2020

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.

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Riders hit new heights

Riders hit new heights

24 January 2020

Young BMX and mountain biking enthusiasts have been getting their hands dirty with a project combining the City of Onkaparinga and the community.

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The Fonda Court project

The Fonda Court project

8 January 2020

A forgotten Christie Downs reserve on the site of a former drive-in theatre gets a community-inspired makeover.

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Sitting in a rainbow

Sitting in a rainbow

13 December 2019

New seating at a thriving Hackham West garden embodies the strength of a community.

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Green thumb gold

Green thumb gold

28 November 2019

Meet the winners of the 2019 Mayor’s Garden Competition.

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Plover pride

Plover pride

22 November 2019

Our sweethearts’ names revealed, and Onkaparinga’s first fledged Hooded Plovers chicks in two years.

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New growth for Vine Street Centre

New growth for Vine Street Centre

7 November 2019

Upgrades at an Old Reynella hub for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are helping further its community vision.

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An Onkaparinga Christmas

An Onkaparinga Christmas

1 November 2019

Your go-to Christmas guide for what’s on in the south this festive season.

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High hopes for hooded plover season

High hopes for hooded plover season

28 October 2019

Help the nationally vulnerable species thrive and help us name our city’s sweethearts.

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Trees are cool

Trees are cool

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.

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Nurturing the trees of the future

Nurturing the trees of the future

21 October 2019

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.

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Beyond boundaries

Beyond boundaries

21 October 2019

“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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A cracking event

A cracking event

21 October 2019

“What happens if you eat Christmas decorations? You get tinsellitis.”

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Banding together

Banding together

21 October 2019

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.

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The even greater outdoors

The even greater outdoors

21 October 2019

Imagination, exploration, creativity and excitement will be off the charts when a new regional nature playspace at Wilfred Taylor Reserve becomes a reality.

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New visitor guide

New visitor guide

21 October 2019

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.

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Green turns into black gold

Green turns into black gold

21 October 2019

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.

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Top tourist parks

Top tourist parks

21 October 2019

Each year almost 90,000 guests visit the two parks, and when you consider their location, their popularity is hardly surprising.

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Get Online Week

Get Online Week

11 October 2019

Develop digital skills and confidence at Onkaparinga Libraries from 14-20 October.

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Meet Steph Cibich, Curator

Meet Steph Cibich, Curator

9 October 2019

We speak with the inaugural winner of the City of Onkaparinga Contemporary Curator Award, presented as part of SALA Festival.

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Thinking big, thinking global

Thinking big, thinking global

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.

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Spring into fitness and fun

Spring into fitness and fun

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.

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Make sustainability part of your daily grind

Make sustainability part of your daily grind

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.

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Expect the unexpected

Expect the unexpected

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.

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Biodiversity Month

Biodiversity Month

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

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Women of courage

Women of courage

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.

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Kindy kids take over the Arts Centre

Kindy kids take over the Arts Centre

9 September 2019

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.

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Sustainable Spring

Sustainable Spring

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

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Australia’s biggest weekend of garage sales is coming to Onkaparinga

Australia’s biggest weekend of garage sales is coming to Onkaparinga

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?

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Charge up in McLaren Vale

Charge up in McLaren Vale

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.

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National Family History Month

National Family History Month

16 August 2019

Uncovering long lost secrets at Onkaparinga Libraries

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Grant fuels fire response training

Grant fuels fire response training

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).

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In Perilous Seas

In Perilous Seas

1 August 2019

Illuminart will shine a light on a dark past at Aldinga on 30 August

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Getaway in your own backyard

Getaway in your own backyard

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.

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Appaws for Dinton Farm Dog Park

Appaws for Dinton Farm Dog Park

23 July 2019

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.

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Breathtaking splendour

Breathtaking splendour

23 July 2019

A new shared-use path and foreshore park upgrades complement one of the most pristine and popular sections of our coastline.

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Young people working in concert

Young people working in concert

23 July 2019

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.

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A vine new cellar door

A vine new cellar door

23 July 2019

Wine producer Dowie Doole is adding the finishing touches to its new cellar door ahead of a spring opening.

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Bringing families together naturally

Bringing families together naturally

23 July 2019

From the back garden to the beach and exploring reserves, Onkaparinga is a natural playground all year round.

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A journey through art

A journey through art

23 July 2019

Aboriginal artist Mickelina ‘Micky’ Barlow is one of those people who, upon meeting, you feel like you’ve known forever.

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Baby and Me helps parents-to-be

Baby and Me helps parents-to-be

23 July 2019

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.

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No butts on beaches

No butts on beaches

23 July 2019

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.

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HR consultants support local enterprises

HR consultants support local enterprises

23 July 2019

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.

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Council launches new website

Council launches new website

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.

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Moonhack

Moonhack

18 July 2019

Join a world record attempt, learn to code and celebrate the moon landing on Saturday 20 July.

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Kick off the school holidays with FootGolf

Kick off the school holidays with FootGolf

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!

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Voice. Treaty. Truth.

Voice. Treaty. Truth.

8 July 2019

Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week (7-14 July).

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Memorial for Forgotten Plants

Memorial for Forgotten Plants

20 June 2019

A new Artist in Residence exhibition in Port Noarlunga is shining a spotlight on the rare native plants in our backyard.

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National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week

24 May 2019

Learn, laugh and come together during two Noarlunga Centre events in May

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Good sports

Good sports

22 May 2019

Six recently upgraded sporting facilities for your next kick, hit or a catch.

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Solar-powered south

Solar-powered south

21 May 2019

Up to 1250 solar panels will soon be installed on council buildings, slashing emissions and costs.

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The write stuff

The write stuff

13 May 2019

Meet some of Australia’s bestselling writers at Onkaparinga Libraries’ Author Talks.

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

26 April 2019

Meet the Peters, the family behind the newly-named Peters Park, Christies Beach.

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Go back in time

Go back in time

23 April 2019

Explore the history of your own backyard during South Australia’s History Festival.

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New trail links to other paths less trodden

New trail links to other paths less trodden

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.

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Immerse yourself in Port Noarlunga’s arts scene

Immerse yourself in Port Noarlunga’s arts scene

12 April 2019

“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.”

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A credit to the south

A credit to the south

12 April 2019

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.

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Hop on over to Onkaparinga’s burgeoning breweries

Hop on over to Onkaparinga’s burgeoning breweries

12 April 2019

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.

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Fantasy playground arrives in Onkaparinga

Fantasy playground arrives in Onkaparinga

12 April 2019

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.

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Centenarian shares her secret

Centenarian shares her secret

12 April 2019

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.

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Elizabeth House – a hive of activity

Elizabeth House – a hive of activity

12 April 2019

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.

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Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July

12 April 2019

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.

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Volunteers make a difference

Volunteers make a difference

12 April 2019

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.

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Nature play mecca

Nature play mecca

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.

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Gear up for a truck-load of fun

Gear up for a truck-load of fun

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.

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Find a new lease on your fitness life

Find a new lease on your fitness life

6 March 2019

Council’s new Outfit Program is teaching older people how to safely and effectively use outdoor fitness parks.

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Top honour for young filmmakers

Top honour for young filmmakers

1 March 2019

Onkaparinga youth take out the Best Documentary award for their climate change film at the Fleurieu Film Festival.

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Get your gloves and tongs ready for Clean Up Australia Day

Get your gloves and tongs ready for Clean Up Australia Day

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.

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Discover the beauty of Hart Road wetland this World Wetlands Day

Discover the beauty of Hart Road wetland this World Wetlands Day

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.

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Riding the wave of success

Riding the wave of success

29 January 2019

Meet the Port Noarlunga artist behind Richie Porte's stunning one-of-a-kind Santos Tour Down Under trophy.

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Port Noarlunga Fringe

Port Noarlunga Fringe

18 January 2019

Experience the best of the Adelaide Fringe without driving down to the CBD.

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Enjoy a beach break at home

Enjoy a beach break at home

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?

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On par with best in state

On par with best in state

14 January 2019

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.

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Aussie Bush Fair

Aussie Bush Fair

14 January 2019

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.

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Snap your way to success

Snap your way to success

14 January 2019

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.

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Onkaparinga couple take their eco-message to the big screen

Onkaparinga couple take their eco-message to the big screen

14 January 2019

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.

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Food and friendship for those in need

Food and friendship for those in need

14 January 2019

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.

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Meet the new Council

Meet the new Council

14 January 2019

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.

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Living classroom supports school’s curriculum

Living classroom supports school’s curriculum

14 January 2019

Clarendon Primary School’s kitchen garden is a living classroom that enriches learning across all subjects and year levels.

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Fish Feeders nourish social connections

Fish Feeders nourish social connections

14 January 2019

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.

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School excels at less-to-landfill challenge

School excels at less-to-landfill challenge

14 January 2019

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.

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And the nominees are…

And the nominees are…

11 January 2019

Meet some of the City of Onkaparinga Australia Day Award nominees.

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Dine in style with new outdoor parklets

Dine in style with new outdoor parklets

21 December 2018

Say hello to Onkaparinga's newest al fresco dining options.

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Council staff help fight hunger

Council staff help fight hunger

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.

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Climate change – a hot topic in schools

Climate change – a hot topic in schools

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.

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First South Australian road built with plastic bags and glass

First South Australian road built with plastic bags and glass

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.

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Revved up for more classics

Revved up for more classics

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.

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A bench with a difference

A bench with a difference

5 December 2018

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.

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Netball at a walking pace

FOR FITNESS AND FOR LAUGHS Netball at a walking pace

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.

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New $300 million Tourism target for Onkaparinga

New $300 million Tourism target for Onkaparinga

12 November 2018

The council is seeking community and business views on the plan between now and 5pm on Monday 17 December 2018.

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Welcome to Onkaparinga Now

Welcome to Onkaparinga Now

16 October 2018

Onkaparinga Now is your new source for online news across the City of Onkaparinga, and is written, designed and printed in the local area.

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The great outdoors on our doorstep

The great outdoors on our doorstep

16 October 2018

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.

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Volunteers underpin youth centre success

Volunteers underpin youth centre success

16 October 2018

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.

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Peace of mind for pet owners

Life’s a beach for onkaparinga dogs Peace of mind for pet owners

16 October 2018

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.

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Breakaway in Onkaparinga

Breakaway in Onkaparinga

16 October 2018

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.

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Christmas at Christies

Christmas at Christies

16 October 2018

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.

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Meet the custodian

Meet the custodian

16 October 2018

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.

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Bike kitchen steers a positive path

Bike kitchen steers a positive path

16 October 2018

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.

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It’s playtime

It’s playtime

16 October 2018

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.

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Strategy for flood mitigation

Strategy for flood mitigation

16 October 2018

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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A walking group with heart

A walking group with heart

16 October 2018

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.

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A plan for our libraries

A plan for our libraries

16 October 2018

A recent community engagement study has revealed how important the City of Onkaparinga libraries are to the community.

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Your Say, a new way

Your Say, a new way

16 October 2018

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.

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Kindy kids join war on waste

Kindy kids join war on waste

16 October 2018

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.

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A boost for business

A boost for business

16 October 2018

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.

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Youth enterprise nurtures young entrepreneurs

Youth enterprise nurtures young entrepreneurs

16 October 2018

In its first 12 months OYEH recorded over 2300 attendances, launched three startups, and provided space for 13 young entrepreneurs to run their businesses.

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Artists give new perspective on climate change

Artists give new perspective on climate change

16 October 2018

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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