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City of Onkaparinga

City of Onkaparinga
South Australia
Population 160,404 (2009)[1]
 • Density 294.8/km2 (764/sq mi)
Established 1997
Area 518.4 km2 (200.2 sq mi)
Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg
Council seat Noarlunga Centre
Region Metropolitan Adelaide
County Adelaide
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Website .com.onkaparingacitywww
LGAs around City of Onkaparinga:
City of Marion City of Mitcham Adelaide Hills Council
City of Onkaparinga District Council of Mount Barker
District Council of Yankalilla District Council of Yankalilla Alexandrina Council

The City of Onkaparinga is a local government area (LGA) located on the southern fringe of Adelaide, South Australia. It is named after the Onkaparinga River, whose name comes from Ngangkiparinga, a Kaurna word meaning women's river. It is the largest LGA in South Australia, with an estimated population of 164,800 people in both urban and rural communities and is also geographically expansive, encompassing an area of 518.3 km². The council is headquartered in the Noarlunga Centre with area offices situated in Aberfoyle Park, Woodcroft and Willunga.

The City of Onkaparinga was formed on the 1 July 1997, from the amalgamation the former Cities of Happy Valley and Noarlunga with part of the District Council of Willunga.


The Elected Council meets at the chambers in Noarlunga Centre on Hannah Road every three weeks on a Tuesday.

The City of Onkaparinga has 21 elected members (including the mayor). The city is divided into five electoral wards, with four councillors representing each. The mayor is elected at large by all electors.

The current council was elected in 2010 for a four-year term.
  • Knox
    • Cr Nick Swann
    • Cr Heather Merritt
    • Cr Rod Brown
    • Cr Heidi Greaves
  • Mid South Coast
  • Pimpala
    • Cr Sandra Brown
    • Cr Sharon Nash
    • Cr Peter Schulze
    • Cr Steve Webster JP
  • Thalassa
    • Cr Martin Bray
    • Cr Darryl Parslow
    • Cr Robert de Jonge
    • Cr Phil Sutherland
  • Wine Coast
    • Cr Don Chapman
    • Cr Gail Kilby JP (Deputy Mayor)
    • Cr Yvonne Wenham
    • Cr Wayne Olsen


That is, postcodes 5047, 5051, 5153, and 5157–74 (inclusive).

Notable residents

  • Steph Morton OAM, Commonwealth Games Gold medalist, velodrome, 2014
  • Chris Finnen, Blues Hall of Fame member
  • Scott Hicks, Film Director Shine, The Boys are Back, Snow falling on cedars
  • Erik Thomson (born 27 April 1967 in Inverness, Scotland, UK) is an Australian actor known for playing Hades in the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Dr. Mitch Stevens in All Saints and Dave Rafter in Packed to the Rafters. He won an Australian Film Institute Award for his performance in the Australian feature film Somersault.
  • Julie Howard - Abc Radio Broadcaster
  • Gail Kilby, Wine Coast Ward Councillor, Deputy Mayor 2013/2014
  • Caleb J. Sutherland, Landscape Photographer, Winner of the 2013 Onkaparinga Young Citizen of the Year.
  • John F. Davis, artist/painter, living at Maslin Beach, spouse Evelyn Roth.
  • Cedar Prest, an Australian stained glass artist based in Aldinga
  • Gillian Rolton, Olympic Equestrian Gold Medallist, based in Clarendon.
  • David Copley, Kaurna Elder - Traditional Guardian, Living in Aldinga beach

See also


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 4 June 2010. 

External links

  • City of Onkaparinga
  • Onkaparinga community snapshot
  • The South Adelaide Football Club
  • The SAFC Fan Forum

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