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Mayors Message 

Welcome to spring - a fantastic time of year when the sun reappears, trees blossom and the streets look lively and green again. Spring’s also the perfect time for people in our communities to become more physically active, which means it’s a busy time for clubs.
In this edition, we’re looking at the importance of having the appropriate insurance for your organisation, following a spate of unfortunate events for some of our local clubs. It’s a timely reminder to review your cover, including contents, public liability and committee and volunteer cover.
In the coming months, our city’s not-for-profit sport and active recreation groups will be invited to provide feedback on a number of local and state projects. These include a state-wide leasing guide for Local Government, a sport and active recreation research project, and details on levels of service for club development, which are associated with the review of council’s Sport and Active Recreation Strategy. This is another chance for you to get involved in shaping the future of sport and recreation in Onkaparinga.
Finally, congratulations to all the winter sports finalists!

I look forward to watching our sports grounds, leisure centres and other venues swell with passionate club members over the coming spring and summer months.

Mayor Erin Thompson

In this edition

Are you insured?

Following on from the recent miss-fortune of Morphett Vale Tennis, Aldinga Bay SLSC and Aldinga Netball club, it is a timely reminder for clubs to check their insurance. Many groups, whether incorporated or unincorporated, are likely to need, and in some cases, must have, insurance. This article deals with the types of insurance cover for organisations.  Read more...

Working With Children Check (WWCC)

STARCLUB & STARservice Safe for All 
A working with children check assesses whether a potential employee or volunteer could pose a risk to the safety of children, based on criminal history and child protection information. To find out what your organisation needs to do Read more...


Should your membership fee include GST?

Does club membership include GST? Question 7 of this ATO Q&A page has the answer that will help you to better understand if GST applies to your membership. Read more...

The ATO has a dedicated Not for Profit help page to help you visit the ATO page...


What is a Temporary Food Premises?

Temporary food premises are structures set up for a specific, occasional event such as a fete or fair. Download this fact sheet to find out the most important part of temporary food operations 
Download the fact sheet....


Liquor Online portal is now live

The Liquor and gaming online portal is now operational. Licensees have been invited to review the changes to their licences.  Liquor licence holders must stay well informed and keep themselves up to date with liquor regulations in South Australia. Read more...


Do you have Asbestos?

Council has engaged Carters Pty. Ltd. to undertake an annual survey of Council-owned buildings. The purpose of the annual survey is to ensure asbestos previously identified and recorded in the Asbestos Register, remains in a safe and stable condition. Read more...


Not-for-profit crime threat

Thousands of crimes targeting Australia's not-for-profits are going unreported.....According to this study, asset theft and cyber-hacking are the most common crimes suffered, followed by credit card fraud and cash thefts.
In about a quarter of asset theft cases, the perpetrator was either a staffer or a volunteer. Read more...


Improving social isolation and building healthy communities 

Join Community Centres SA and Volunteering SA&NT on Thursday, 31 October at the Hilton Adelaide to develop your understanding of the vital role community centres and volunteering plays in addressing the harmful effects that social isolation has on our community. Read more...

The Human Touch

When we talk about the human services sector, most people scratch their heads and automatically think about people serving people, but most of us aren’t aware of what it actually is or what it means to our state.  For those unfamiliar with the field, it’s easy to ask; “what is the human services sector?”  Read more...


Nominate an exceptional female role model

Nominations are now open for the Inspiring South Australian Women’s Award 2020, an Australia Day award that recognises the contribution women make to the community. Read more...

Reviewing our Strategy 

Council are currently reviewing its Sport and Active Recreation Strategic Management Plan 2014-2019. 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 

Grant writing 

Learn about the grants available through the City of Onkaparinga and the various criteria appropriate when submitting an application.
6.30-9.30 pm, Monday 21 October 2019
Civic Area - City of Onkaparinga Noarlunga Office 
Register now


Food safety course

Learn about Food Safety laws; Prevention of food poisoning and Safe handling and personal hygiene practices. This is a must for any organisation that prepares, handles and sells food.
6.30-9.00 pm, Monday 25 November 2019
Civic Area - City of Onkaparinga Noarlunga Office 
Register now

Community Centres SA training sessions

Community Centres SA host a range of training and development opportunities for Community Centre Boards and volunteers. Find out more



Are you 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 then STARservice will help you to be a well-run community organisation where quality and valued volunteers operate in a safe and welcoming environment to providing the best environment possible for your participants and the wider community. Read more or register...


Grants and funding

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...
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