Council launches Sustainable Onkaparinga Facebook page
3 June 2021

Council launches Sustainable Onkaparinga Facebook page

Onkaparinga residents have a new community-focused Facebook page to follow with a spotlight on the environment.

The Sustainable Onkaparinga page, launched to coincide with World Environment Day (5 June), welcomes locals to stay informed, share ideas, learn new skills and spark discussions.

A wide range of topics will be covered on the page including how to reduce waste to landfill and recycle right, getting outdoors to conserve and connect with nature, how to get climate ready, tips to reduce energy use and costs, how to be water smart, food and growing tips for your garden, and much more.

A member of the Sustainable Onkaparinga team smiles as she hands a flyer to a woman.

“Every one of the 170,000 households in our region is serviced by our waste, recycling and organics collection, so it’s no surprise this is the number one enquiry our customer relations team receives”, said City of Onkaparinga Waste and Recycling Education Officer, Lynda Wedding.

Council’s popular and free face-to-face sustainability workshops came to an abrupt halt last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the team quickly moved them to an online format via social media so the learning could continue during the pandemic.

A pair of tawny frogmouth babies in a nest.

“We immediately realised our residents have an appetite for the convenience of an online approach that is accessible to them at anytime and suits their hectic lifestyles,” Lynda said.

“Fantastically, our 2020 online program reached more than 45,000 people. That’s 40,000 more than our face-to-face workshops and events best year.”

Two young girls holding a crab look carefully at it.

In a recent council survey, 81 per cent of respondents said the best thing about living in the City of Onkaparinga is the diverse and unique natural environment including its spectacular coastline, flora and fauna.

“Our goal is that the Sustainable Onkaparinga Facebook page will create an online community that helps to reduce our environmental impact and preserve the natural beauty of the Onkaparinga region into the future,” said City of Onkaparinga Environmental Sustainability Officer, Tracy Fulton.

A woman charges her electric vehicle at the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre.

As well as sharing council initiatives, the Sustainable Onkaparinga page will celebrate local environmental champions and advocates including households, businesses, schools, volunteers, and community groups that are doing their bit for the environment.

“We absolutely welcome our community to share their own sustainable tips and success stories”, Tracy continues. “You never know how sharing your story, might inspire someone else to make a difference too!”

Be the first to follow the new Sustainable Onkaparinga page here to stay up-to-date with content in your Facebook newsfeed.

World Environment Day has been celebrated every year on 5 June since 1974, engaging governments, businesses and citizens in an effort to address pressing environmental issues.

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