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

Published on 06 January 2021

Millions for Onkaparinga’s roads and community infrastructure

City of Onkaparinga has received more than $6.18 million in federal government funding to deliver local road and community infrastructure and create local jobs.

Council last month approved a list of 28 priority projects in 21 suburbs it would put the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCI) funding towards.

The list (see below) includes a $1.7 million reconstruction of aging courts at the Southern United Netball Association (SUNA), and a range of playground, trail, sport, recreation and community facility upgrades.

The projects need to be completed by 30 December 2021, which meant some highly technical and complicated projects weren’t recommended for funding.

The funding comes in the wake of $2.46 million already received this year through the LRCI program—which was established in response to COVID-19—and comes as council will also submit applications for additional funding for other government stimulus programs.

Four projects totalling $11.5 million will be submitted for potential funding through the state government’s $100 million Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program, which—if successful—would be jointly funded by council.

These are the construction of the Aldinga-Willunga Cycleway ($1.5 million), the Port Noarlunga Sports Ground upgrade ($1.65 million), six new courts at SUNA ($500,000) and establishing a new equestrian facility ($600,000).

Two projects (Port Willunga North Coast Park and Wearing Street improvement works at Port Noarlunga)—which would also require at least 50 per cent council funding—will also be submitted for potential funding through the state government’s Planning and Development Fund grant programs.

More than $6.4 million in road maintenance, reconstruction and renewal projects will also be submitted for potential funding through further state and federal infrastructure programs.

These include a reconstruction of Gulf Parade, Maslin Beach; safety improvements along Piggott Range Road; and road reconstructions at Aldinga (Evans Street), Morphett Vale (Taylors Avenue), Coromandel Valley (Sandow Crescent), Sellicks Beach (Monaco Boulevard), Willunga (Richards Road) and Happy Valley (Tripoli and Heather Roads).

City of Onkaparinga Acting Director City Operations Daryl Sowerby said it was fantastic news that council had received another $6.18 million through the LRCI program.

“This funding will help us deliver priority projects that will benefit the community, also helping to create local job opportunities and boost the local economy,” he said.

“Applying for funding through these various stimulus programs is a key way council can bring forward key projects and deliver better outcomes for our ratepayers.”

Projects funded through the LRCI will be delivered in addition to City of Onkaparinga’s existing capital works program through the Budget 2020-21.

See below for the full list of projects put forward by council to share in the $6,188,316 LRCI funding:

  • Air-conditioning and ceiling tiles – Hill Recreation Centre $150,000
  • Air-conditioning renewal – Positive ageing centres $230,000
  • Air conditioning – Aberfoyle Hub Recreation Centre $200,000
  • Babbacombe playground upgrade (Moana) $260,000
  • Changeroom renewal – South Port SLSC $200,000
  • Chilcomb playground upgrade (Huntfield Heights) $181,016
  • Southern Districts Baseball Club fencing $67,300
  • Happy Valley Bowling Club concrete surrounds renewal $147,000
  • Happy Valley Drive Trail stages 2 and 3 $380,000
  • Happy Valley Oval irrigation upgrade $150,000
  • Hastings Reserve Redevelopment (stage 1) Sellicks Beach $400,000
  • Irrigation Extension Program – five sites $100,000
  • Kangarilla Oval interceptor drainage $55,000
  • Manning Road and Dinton Farm Dog Parks lighting $110,000
  • McLaren Flat oval irrigation upgrade $150,000
  • Moana Pioneers Hall Disability Discrimination compliance access upgrade $240,000
  • Morphett Vale Bowling Club concrete surrounds renewal $188,000
  • Noarlunga Aquatic Centre – change facilities $300,000
  • Old Noarlunga practice cricket net upgrade $170,000
  • Gemmel Tassie Reserve, McLaren Vale path $70,000
  • Ridgway Drive school crossing upgrade $150,000
  • Seaford Rise Primary School crossing upgrade $120,000
  • Shelters – new and renewal $75,000
  • Skate facility repairs $70,000
  • Stillwell playground upgrade (Hackham) $210,000
  • SUNA court reconstruction (12 courts) $1,700,000
  • Willunga Basin Trail works $30,000.00
  • Weymouth Oval irrigation upgrade $85,000


New lighting at Flagstaff Hill's Minkarra Dog Park is among a list of projects put forward by council to share in $6.18 million of federal government funding.