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Published on 30 November 2020

Playing the long game

How do you think council should fund the services and infrastructure that help make the City of Onkaparinga a great place to live, work, visit and invest in?

City of Onkaparinga is currently reviewing its Long Term Financial Plan – an essential document that helps council plan for the city’s long-term financial future – and it’s asking for your feedback.

The Long Term Financial Plan helps make sure council is financially sustainable and has enough money to provide services and build and maintain infrastructure.

The plan considers:

  • what services council provides and to what level
  • how it looks after community assets under its care and control
  • the size, type and number of projects it delivers
  • rate revenue levels
  • how much council borrows (debt).

Residents and ratepayers can let council know what’s important to them via a survey at City of Onkaparinga’s Your Say page until midday on Friday 11 December, and information received will help inform key decisions about the Long Term Financial Plan.

Meantime, council is also asking for feedback on its draft Strategic Asset Management Plan, which provides the community, staff and elected members with an overview of its assets, how they’re performing, the service levels council provides, its asset goals and objectives, areas for improvement and financial position.

The City of Onkaparinga owns and maintains a diverse asset portfolio worth approximately $2.9 billion, which includes buildings, bridges, roads, paths, parks and reserves, carparks, lighting and much more.

Council’s aim is to provide assets that meet community demand, provide a value-for-money service that maximises the life of its existing assets and ensure that budgets are allocated appropriately for building new assets.

The draft Strategic Asset Management plan has been designed to be easily understood and user-friendly for the community, and the final document will be updated annually.

Have your say on the draft via the Your Say page until Friday 13 December, and the feedback will be presented to Council in January 2021.


The City of Onkaparinga owns and maintains a diverse asset portfolio, including play spaces, worth approximately $2.9 billion.