January 2021

Latest Update - What you need to know!

Mayors Message

Welcome to 2021!

For many of us, 2021 couldn’t have come soon enough!
But through the adversity of last year, we all built greater resilience and adaptability, both personally and professionally.

Our local clubs were quick to adapt and revise the way they operate to meet COVID-19 requirements, and have remained flexible as those requirements have changes.
Regardless, COVID-19 will continue to have impact our lives throughout 2021 and we must remind ourselves not to become complacent.

OACNET workshops will mainly be held online in 2021, and we’ve taken on board your positive feedback that the one-hour zoom sessions were considered to be less inconvenient than a three-hour workshop.
We know that from time to time a face to face workshop will be needed and sometimes preferred, but holding most sessions online will keep us all a little safer.

I’m please to say the council’s Recreation Services Team has been busy transitioning the Noarlunga Aquatic and Recreation Centre back to in-house management.
The council’s maintenance team did a terrific job before Christmas making minor repairs, installing new lane markers, signage and gym equipment and giving the facility a deep clean.
We’ve received some great feedback from centre users already, and we have more improvements and activities planned in 2021. We’ll keep the community informed both though this newsletter and via the centre’s Facebook page.

We also have new HALO programs already underway and more in the planning stage. Make sure you pass these email newsletters onto all the members in your club so they can see what activities are occurring in their community.

Also, don't forget to keep an eye out for the various grants available in 2021 by monitoring the SPORTSAORSR and SPORTAUS websites.
Council is happy to provide the necessary letters of support and landowners consent to assist you in applying for this funding, but please allow a minimum of two weeks processing time for us to prepare these documents for you.

In more good news, a number of our local clubs are close to achieving STARCLUB Recognised accreditation.
The STARCLUB program sets a cultural standard for sport, club members and their community. Please ring Tim White, Club Development Officer 08 8301 7344 to talk through your STARCLUB ambitions.

Unfortunately, in this edition I need to close the Mayor’s Message on a sad note, with the news that Paul Murray recently passed away.
Paul was passionate and dedicated contributor to Gymnastics in South Australia.
He served as a Gymnastics SA Board Director from 2010 – 2015, was the inaugural Life Member and coach for 23 years at The Hub Gymnastics Club and was an Advanced Silver Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and Advanced Gymnastics for All coach. 
On behalf of the City of Onkaparinga and all our local sporting clubs, I send our sincere condolences to the Murray Family and Hub Gymnastics Club and recognise Paul for his many years of dedication to the sport

Erin Thompson
Partnership Program

Eligible organisations can now apply for funding through the Partnerships Program. The new grant program responds to the priorities highlighted within the Game On: Getting South Australia moving initiative, a forward looking agenda which aims to get South Australians more active, more often and enjoying the many social, health and lifestyle benefits sport and recreation. This grant program will create opportunities for collaboration between sport and recreation stakeholders, government and non-government bodies, and the for-profit and not-for-profit sector to build a more active state.

Partnership projects that address any of the following Game On opportunities are encouraged to apply:
  • Making lifelong physical activity an easy non-negotiable social norm
  • Supporting growth in active transport
  • Encouraging active young people
  • Providing affordable sport and recreation opportunities for all
  • Supporting a sustainable sport and recreation sector
  • Facilitating more and better trained volunteers
Please read the Program Guidelines prior to submitting an application for the Partnerships Program for 2021-2022.

Applications close midday on Wednesday 3 March 2021.

Apply Now

To Request a Letter of Support from Council this can be accessed by clicking HERE. Please allow for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the grant deadline to allow Council to respond.

If you require assistance with SmartyGrants, please review the Applicant Help Site.

Stronger Communities Programme 

The Stronger Communities Programme provides each of the 151 Federal electorates with $150,000 to fund small capital projects. These projects aim to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities. Federal Members of Parliament (MPs) identify potential projects and invite applications from their electorate.

Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 will be available for small capital works projects and some types of equipment. Unlike previous rounds, unless you are a Local Governing Body, funding is available for up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.

Eligible projects must bring social benefit to our community. For example, in the past grants have been given for new community playgrounds, equipment for surf lifesaving clubs, and refurbished kitchens for community centres.

Click here for Expression of Interest Form (PDF)

Click here for Expression of Interest Form (Docx)

Due to the very short time frames given by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, expressions of interest will close on Friday 19 February 2021.

Please return the form to or 232 Main South Rd Morphett Vale SA 5162.

Before applying we strongly recommend you look through the guidelines and information at

Click here for more information including Guidelines & FAQs

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Amanda Rishworth's office on 8186 2588 or

These grants are a great opportunity to fund important community projects.


Applications for this grant are now closed and we know many clubs have submitted an application for this grant and we wish you the best of luck.


Sports Vouchers

The Sports Vouchers program is a Government of South Australia initiative administered by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing. The program provides an opportunity for primary school aged children from Reception to Year 7 to receive up to a $100 discount on sports or dance membership/registration fees. The purpose is to increase the number of children playing organised sport or participating in dance activities by reducing cost as a barrier.

From 1 January 2020 'Learn to Swim' providers are eligible. To register your interest in becoming a provider by clicking HERE to register for the Sports Vouchers program.

All South Australian primary school aged children, meaning if the child is attending or is eligible to attend primary school (Reception to Year 7, even if Year 7 is based at a high school). Remember it is one voucher for every primary school aged child per calendar year. To find your nearest provider please use the ‘Find a Provider’ tool.

There are currently two methods of claiming a voucher. The method depends on the providers system. Some providers have online registrations, claiming the voucher has been integrated into their systems.
If the provider does not have the voucher integrated into their online registrations, you’ll need to download the voucher. Once completed, take the voucher to an approved provider to receive a discount on the fees when you register.

Providers access the secure Voucher Portal to redeem vouchers and receive reimbursement.



Ageing Well Community Grants

If you are part of an incorporated, non-profit organisation working with older people, you are invited to apply for Grants for Seniors.

Grants of up to $5000 for equipment or materials that stimulate activity and social engagement for older people and grants of up to $10000 for seniors' cultural, social, educational or active ageing projects.

Applications are due by 5.00pm on Monday 15 March 2020

Guidelines and eligibility and how to apply at the following website:

Recommended Accreditations


Good Sports works together with local sporting clubs to build a healthier sporting nation. They support local sports clubs, social teams and elite clubs at the pinnacle of their profession.

The Good Sports program has helped over 9,500 sporting clubs across Australia provide a safe and inclusive environment, where everyone can get involved. 

Did you know that by being a registered Good Sport club you meet question 25 of the STARCLUB program! 

Good sports can assist your club with a variety of , so have a look at their website to download free resources and explore their training courses.

For more information click HERE


Play by the Rules (PBTR) 

Play by the Rules was first developed by the South Australian Department for Sport and Recreation in 2001 as an interactive education and information website ( on discrimination, harassment and child protection in sport. Over the years, as more agencies have seen the need to promote Play by the Rules, they have joined as partners and helped by contributing funds, content and in-kind support.

Play by the Rules is now a unique collaboration between Sport Integrity Australia, Sport Australia, Australian Human Rights Commission, all state and territory departments of sport and recreation, all state and territory anti-discrimination and human rights agencies, the Office of the Children's Guardian (NSW) and the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW. These partners promote Play by the Rules through their networks, along with their own child safety, anti-discrimination and inclusion programs.

Play by the Rules provides information, resources, tools and free online training to increase the capacity and capability of administrators, coaches, officials, players, parents and spectators to assist them in preventing and dealing with discrimination, harassment, child safety, inclusion and integrity issues in sport.

Did you know that question 23 of the STARCLUB program asks "Does you club promote Play by the Rules online training?"

For more information click HERE


STARCLUB and STARservice


Does your sport or recreation club want to be recognised in the community as a well-run sports club where quality coaches and officials work alongside valued volunteers. Engaging in STARCLUB tells the community and potential member that you value having a safe, well managed and welcoming environment. Read more or register
Number of Onkaparinga Clubs
Registered in the
STARCLUB program

Number of Onkaparinga clubs



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.
Were you aware that thirty minutes per day of moderate to intense physical activity is what's recommended under the Australian Guidelines for Physical Activity and Sedentary Guidelines.

Our HALO program is a council initiative to support our community to participate in sport and active recreation and to  'Find Your 30' .

For more information on FREE HALO opportunities and an update in regards to current covid restrictions click here  


OUTFIT Onkaparinga

OUTFIT Onkaparinga is about to recommence at the beginning of term 1 on Monday 1 February for 10 weeks.
OUTFIT Onkaparinga are FREE outdoor group exercise sessions and are available to everyone and all abilities.

Bookings are essential and can be done from the HALO website. Click HERE

Times and Locations are below:
Hackham West (Warsaw Crescent)
Mondays at 9.30am - Using outdoor fitness equipment
Port Noarlunga (Cnr Esplanade and Anderson Road)
Tuesdays at 6pm - Using outdoor fitness equipment
Seaford (The Quarry, Grand Boulevard)
Wednesdays at 9.30am - Outdoor group fitness
Flagstaff Hill (Minkarra Park, Manning Road)
Thursdays at 6pm - Using outdoor fitness equipment
Hackham West (Warsaw Crescent)
Fridays at 9.30am - Using outdoor fitness equipment

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Sub lease holders please submit requests via your head lessee 

To make an enquiry, phone our Customer Relations team in the first instance
Monday to Friday 8.30am–5pm on 8384 0666.
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