Onkaparinga turns green
More than 51,000 southern residents attended workshops and events to learn ways to live more sustainably in 2020–21, with dozens more Sustainable Onkaparinga sessions scheduled over the coming months.
Council—and its partners, including Resilient South (Onkaparinga, Holdfast Bay, Marion and Mitcham councils); Willunga Environment Centre; and Green Adelaide—increased online workshops from 2019–20 due to COVID-19, which has seen participation skyrocketing.
Upcoming sessions include:
- monthly Bugs n Slugs sessions at Coromandel Valley Community Centre for children and families to discover how to create gardens and learn about the importance of invertebrates to ecosystems ($10 per family)
- a free Local Food System workshop (sold out) at Morphett Vale’s Wakefield House Positive Ageing Centre on Tuesday 10 August
- a free Save Money and Fight Climate Change workshop at Mitcham Memorial Library on Thursday 12 August to help you understand your energy bills and help reduce costs, registrations required
- a free community planting and wetlands wander at Aldinga Beach’s Hart Road Wetlands on Sunday 22 August (2–4pm), registrations required
- online Plastic Free July education sessions with Dani from Folk of all Trades including topics such as making your own natural cosmetics; reusable menstrual products and making our own herbal teas for menstrual health; and making your own natural cleaning products.
Events that will open for registrations in the coming months include online or in-person sessions on designing beautiful water-wise native gardens, wood carving, indoor plants, educational school holiday tours and nature-play activities, style and sustainability, and a council nursery tour.
City of Onkaparinga Environmental Sustainability Officer Tracy Fulton said it was heartening to see so many residents taking part in the events.
“To reach more than 51,000 people through these practical and interactive workshops, shows that our community are committed to doing their bit to live more sustainably, and to protecting and enhancing their local environment,” she said.
“By sharing across our Resilient South council partners and collaborating with Onkaparinga Libraries, the Willunga Environment Centre, Green Adelaide and others, residents have had access to 66 diverse environmental workshops in the past year.
“And with many of these accessible online, the learning can happen at a time that suits residents.
“Three online how-to composting videos alone reached more than 35,000 people in 2020–21, for example, compared to in-person sessions that can only accommodate around 30 people.”