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Mayors Message 

Welcome to summer!
This is a fantastic time of year when the days are longer and warmer and people are out and about being active along our beautiful coastline.
For our sporting clubs, their either busy in mid-season or preparing their new committees, volunteers and teams for 2020.
Summer does however come with some risks. Did you know that Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world?
With thousands of people enjoying the outdoors during the summer months, I’d like to remind everyone of the importance of being sun aware and sunsmart. You can read more about that in this edition.
It’s International Volunteers Day on 5 December 2019, and I personally wish to thank the thousands of valued volunteers in the City of Onkaparinga that give their own free time to help our local communities to be active, connect and flourish.
The review of our Sport and Active Recreation Strategy is progressing well, and thanks to everyone who provided feedback through our various methods of engagement. 
I’d also like to congratulate the Aldinga Bay Bowling Club, which recently became our 29th local club to achieve full STARCLUB recognition status.
Clubs that engage in STARCLUB value being safe, welcoming and well managed. Well done to all of you.
I look forward seeing thousands of people being active at our sports grounds, leisure centres and other venues during this wonderful time of the year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
Mayor Erin Thompson

Mayor Erin Thompson

In this edition

International Volunteer Day

Thursday 5 December is International Volunteer Day, a day mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate and promote the contributions volunteers make to our organisations and communities. 
The City of Onkaparinga thanks all volunteers for their contribution to our community. Our Onkaparinga Active Community Network is designed to support our Not for Profit volunteers to grow. Read more...

Is your organisation sun safe?

With summer now upon us, it is time to think about how we conduct our outdoor activities whether sporting games, training, walking or hosting a craft fair. 
The Cancer Council SA has busted 10 myths about sun protection that will help your participants to be better prepared for the summer sun. 


Don’t let your festive food get festy!

Christmas is a fabulous time for enjoying great food with friends and family. Here are some simple steps to take to ensure that your food is safe to eat and doesn’t get festy and spoiling your celebrations with a bout of food poisoning. Also check out our new online training videos for your BBQ, Kitchen and Bar volunteers. Read more...

Outcomes from the ORSR statewide consultation

The Office for Recreation Sport and Racing (ORSR) has undertaken a statewide consultation process to gather early input for use across three priority projects Grant Funding, Infrastructure and Game On. You can read what the top priorities are in this report  Read more...


Who are the Onkaparinga Clubs Forum?

The Southern Sports Recreation and Surf Life Saving Clubs Forum is now called the Onkaparinga Clubs Forum. This forum, developed and driven by the community is inviting all clubs to attend the next meeting which will be held 9 December 2019; 7pm at Reynella Sports and Social Club, 7 Oval Road, Reynella. If your club would like to attend, or would like further information please contact Harvey Jolly, Chair of the Forum on or 0439 364 699.

Laws surrounding volunteering are complex

Not-for-profit Law has developed a new Working with Volunteers app. This app provides an overview of the key legal obligations that not-for-profit organisations have towards volunteers. It is a useful tool for committee members or directors. The key topics include recruitment, safety, unlawful workplace behaviour, managing performance and ending the volunteer relationship. Read more...

Reviewing our Strategy 

Council are currently reviewing its Sport and Active Recreation Strategic Management Plan 2014-2019.
Thank you everyone who has provided feedback through the many community engagement opportunities in the last few months. Your contribution will help to shape the next phase our our strategy.
If you want to keep up to date on the progress of our Strategic Review, we have a dedicated page to help keep you informed. Read more...

Upcoming training 

We will be running a number of exciting workshops in 2020 to assist our not-for-profit organisations next year. Your club or organisation will receive an email advising of the dates and more detail in the new year. Keep an eye out for it as they fill up fast!  Topics include:

Marketing & Promotion of a Club 

This workshop will cover an overview of the need for marketing/promotion within a club. It will provide tools and resources on how to go about developing a plan and the implementation of a marketing plan.
Wednesday 12 February 6.30-9.30   Book here


Monday 3 February, 5.30-9.30pm, Woodcroft Morphett Vale Neighbourhood Centre, 175 Bains Road, Morphett Vale
Thursday 6 February, 5.30-9.30pm, McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre, Main Road, McLaren Vale
Wednesday 12 February, 10am-2pm, McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre, Main Road, McLaren Vale
Thursday 13 February, 10am-2pm, Woodcroft Morphett Vale Neighbourhood Centre, 175 Bains Road, Morphett Vale
Booking will opening January through our grant website

Responsible Service of Alcohol 

Correctly interpret the legal responsibilities that relate to the sale and service of alcohol.
Note: Any person serving alcohol MUST have done this training.
Wednesday 26 February 6.30-9.30pm Book here

Sports Strapping

This hands on workshop will provide sports trainers with information and skills on: injury prevention, on-field assessment of injuries, injury management, managing medical conditions, wound management and what to put in a first aid kit. 
Wednesday 11 March 6.30-9.30pm Book here

First Aid

The provide first aid course aims to develop the knowledge and skills for a person to manage emergency first aid situations until the arrival of professional medical support. Includes use of defibrillator, and treating anaphylactic conditions.
Saturday 28 March, 9am-5pm Book here

Developing a positive culture

Everything a club does from policies to decisions impacts on club Culture. “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” and this workshop will show how actions and decisions impact on culture and what you can do to promote a positive welcoming culture.  
Wednesday 8 April, 6.30-9.30pm Book here

Coaching Children

For coaches and sideline trainers. The course aims to give new or aspiring coaches of any age the basic skills, knowledge and tips needed to provide an effective, enjoyable sporting experience for the children they coach.
Wednesday 22 April, 6.30-9.30pm  Book here
Download our February - April 2020 Flyer

STARCLUB and STARservice

Congratulations to Aldinga Bay Bowling Club 

Aldinga Bay Bowling Club has become our 29th recognised STARCLUB. Incorporating in 1986, it started from humble beginnings with eager volunteers working hard to build two international sized grassed bowling greens and club rooms complete with full kitchen and licensed bar facilities that can entertain up to 120 people. Their members and visitors now enjoy a warm, friendly club environment with the opportunity to play both social and competitive bowls year round at the Port Road sporting facility. Read more...


Does your club want to be recognised in the community as a well-run sports club where quality coaches and officials work alongside valued volunteers in a safe and welcoming environment to provide the best environment possible for your members and the wider community? Read more or register



If you are a service organisation and wish to be recognised in the community as a well-run organisation where quality and valued volunteers operate in a safe and welcoming environment to provide the best environment possible for your participants and the wider community, then STARservice will help you. Read more or register
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Grants and funding

Community Training and Development Fund

Are you looking for funding to help your committee, coaches or leaders improve? The Community Training and Development Fund provides grants of up to $1500 for volunteer members of community groups to build community capacity Read more or apply now!


Council Grants will open on 20 January 2020

We offer a wide range of funding opportunities to help stage festivals, events and projects which benefit our communities. If you have a grant funding idea, now is the time to start planning. To get started visit our grants web page then contact one of our grants officers on 8384 0666. Read more...


Youth Week Grants

Grants of up to $1000 are available to fund youth focussed activities, events and projects during SA Youth Week (SAYW), which will take place between 17–26 April 2020.  Projects that are in line the SAYW theme ‘Participate and Celebrate’ and include young people in the planning and implementation of the activity will be viewed favourably. For further information or to apply Read more...  Flyer

Funding Finder

The Onkaparinga Funding Finder is a localised grant sourcing service for our region and is brought to you by the City of Onkaparinga. Read more....


Grants SA

Grants SA is a one-off project funding program that provides grants to not-for-profit community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for people living and working in South Australia. Find out more...


Do you need a letter of support from the Council?

A letter of support is an important part of any grant request, demonstrating to potential funding partners that the application has support from your local council. We have a new simplified process to request a letter of support  Find out more...


IT grants and Donations

Connecting Up offers access to technology donations from companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Symantec and many more.  Connecting Up also offer discounted and refurbished hardware. To qualify for access to our donations and discounts platform, register your organisation online. Register here...

Things we like

Are you looking for new Committee or Board members?

Have you considered advertising outside of your organisation? Here are a few way you can do this:  The Institute of Community Directors Australia, Sports PeopleSouthern Volunteering or Seek Volunteering provide services to volunteer organisations to advertise vacancies. 

One of the best sponsorship prospectus' we've seen.

Found in the most recent Sport Community Newsletter, Langwarrin Soccer Club is in SE Melbourne, VIC. They're developed one of the best sponsorship prospectus' we've seen. Check it out


What is Natural Justice?

Two words that are used extensively and often misused in disciplinary matters, are the words “natural justice”.  Providing natural justice is remarkably simple. Parties just need to follow these principles and act fairly and reasonably. Read more...


Good Sports Junior Program

Young members of your club are learning the ropes and are influenced by everything they see and hear around the ground. Good Sports Junior helps you set the standard early and supports clubs to make changes that promote healthy behaviours. Good Sports Junior is available to all Good Sports clubs.  Read more...

Institute of Community Directors Australia Compact Courses

If you’ve recently joined a not-for-profit community board or committee, or you’re thinking of joining one, or if it’s your role to ensure new board members get a good induction, this is the course for you. This 60 minute online course could be funded by councils community training and development fund. Read more...

Christmas clousres and services

Christmas closures

During this year's holiday season, Wednesday 25 December to Thursday 2 January the City of Onkaparinga will have varying service availability. To find out what services may be affected please visit our website

After hours emergency contact

If between 25 December 2019 to 1 January 2020 your Council leased facility needs emergency assistance please contact us using the following numbers:

For security alarm issues please call 1300 365 151.

For SAPOL assistance please call 131 444 or in an emergency, call 000.

Monday to Friday from 5pm–8.30am (after hours) please call 8384 0622 
Monday to Friday from 8.30am-5pm (business hours) please call 8384 0666
You can also lodge a maintenance request any time via our website

Please familiarise yourselves with the process for contacting council in the case of an emergency. Our after hours service is available to assist in protecting our communities assets.
This after hours service relates to emergency works such as:
  • uncontrolled running water and sewer blockages
  • structural damage and broken fixtures or fittings causing a hazard
  • alarms and fire alarms
  • break and enter and access or lock out
  • air-conditioning major faults
  • electrical and power supply
  • offensive graffiti. 
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If you are a lease or license holder check the details of your
lease or license agreement as it may answer your query.

To make an enquiry, phone our Customer Relations team in the first instance
Monday to Friday 8.30am–5pm on 8384 0666.
Alternatively email:
After hours - emergency only phone: 8384 0622
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