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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