Published on 28 July 2021

$8.64 million local projects boom reaches halfway mark

Orange cones are dotted across the City of Onkaparinga from Aberfoyle to Aldinga, as Phase 2 of a federal government stimulus program kicks into gear.

Twenty-three projects have recently been completed through Phase 1 of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program, with the remaining 28 to be completed by 31 December, representing a combined $8.46 million investment across Onkaparinga.

City of Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson joined Senator Andrew McLachlan at Flagstaff Hill—surrounded by three of the 51 projects—earlier this month to celebrate the completion of Phase 1.

“At Minkarra Park we have the skate park facelift, new lighting for the dog park, and a fantastic trail running along Happy Valley Drive between Chandlers Hill and Manning Roads,” Mayor Thompson said.

“This trail will provide some great connections through our city, including links to the trails the state government are making available when the Happy Valley reservoir opens in December.

“All 51 LRCI projects will be completed by December, and they run the gamut from major sporting upgrades—like the $1.7 million netball court reconstruction for the Southern United Netball Association—through to smaller upgrades to playgrounds, footpaths and disability access.

Head to our website to see the full list of projects and see which ones are happening near you.

“A huge thanks to the federal government senator McLachlan and our other federal representatives Amanda Rishworth and Rebekha Sharkie for their support and advocacy.”

Senator Andrew McLachlan said the LRCI program is all about helping councils deliver priority projects that benefit the community, create local job opportunities and boost the local economy.

“And I’m thrilled to see the funding doing just that in the City of Onkaparinga,” he said.

“There’s an incredible diversity of projects being funded here, and whether it’s an upgrade to a sporting facility, community centre or a trail, they’re all adding up to make a big difference across the city.

“I commend the City of Onkaparinga for putting forward this list of priority projects to deliver real outcomes for the community.”

Applying for funding through stimulus programs is a key way City of Onkaparinga can bring forward key projects and deliver better outcomes for ratepayers.

Projects funded through LRCI are being delivered in addition to council’s existing capital works programs through the Budgets 2020–21 and 2021–22.

The Minkarra Park dog park is receiving lighting through the LRCI program.