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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