City of Onkaparinga

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City of Onkaparinga
South Australia
Population 166,766 (2016 census)[1] (32nd)
 • Density 321.69/km2 (833.18/sq mi)
Established 1997
Area 518.4 km2 (200.2 sq mi)
Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg [2]
Council seat Noarlunga Centre
Region Southern Adelaide[3]
County Adelaide[4]
State electorate(s) Davenport, Finniss, Fisher, Heysen, Kaurna, Mawson, Mitchell, Reynell
Federal Division(s) Boothby, Kingston, Mayo
Website City of Onkaparinga
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The City of Onkaparinga (/ˌɒŋkəpəˈrɪŋɡə/) 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 a population of over 160,000 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 council was formed on 1 July 1997 as the City of Happy Valley, Noarlunga and Willunga from the amalgamation of the former City of Happy Valley and City of Noarlunga with part of the District Council of Willunga.[5] It adopted the City of Onkaparinga name from 22 December 1997.[6]


Selected historical census data for Onkaparinga local government area
Census year 2001[7] 2006[8] 2011[9] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 143,143 144,407 159,576 166,766
LGA rank in terms of size within South Australia 1st Steady 1st Steady 1st
% of South Australia population 9.81% Decrease 9.54% Increase 10.00% Decrease 9.95%
% of Australian population 0.76% Decrease 0.73% Increase 0.74% Decrease 0.71%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
English 35.4% Decrease 34.9%
Australian 28.9% Decrease 27.4%
Scottish 6.8% Increase 7.0%
Irish 5.8% Increase 6.3%
German 5.3% Steady 5.3%
top responses
(other than English)
Polish 0.7% Decrease 0.5% Decrease 0.4% Steady 0.4%
German 0.7% Decrease 0.6% Decrease 0.5% Steady 0.5%
Italian 0.6% Decrease 0.5% Steady 0.5% Decrease 0.4%
Greek 0.5% Steady 0.5% Decrease 0.4% Steady 0.4%
Dutch 0.43% Decrease 0.3%
Arabic 0.3%
Mandarin 0.5%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion 25.5% Increase 29.6% Increase 34.5% Increase 43.1%
Anglican 17.6% Decrease 15.9% Decrease 15.0% Decrease 11.6%
Catholic 16.2% Decrease 15.6% Decrease 15.5% Decrease 13.9%
Uniting 10.3% Decrease 9.2% Decrease 8.4% Decrease 6.5%
Lutheran 3.1% Decrease 3.0%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$439 A$542 A$593
% of Australian median income 98.4% 93.9% 95.3%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1088 A$1311 A$1448
% of Australian median income 92.9% 88.5% 83.5%
Household income Median weekly household income A$922 A$1080 A$1194
% of Australian median income 89.8% 87.5% 83.0%


The 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 2014 for a four-year term.[10]

Ward Party[11] Councillor Notes
Mayor   Independent Lorraine Rosenberg Formerly a Liberal MP in the South Australian House of Assembly
Knox   Independent Cr Nick Swann
  Independent Cr Heather Merritt
  Independent Cr Gary Hennessy
  Liberal Cr Heidi Greaves
Mid South Coast   Independent Cr John Gunn
  Labor Cr Bill Jamieson
  Independent Cr Dr Jonathan Deakin
  Greens Cr Robyn Holtham
Pimpala   Independent Cr Sandra Brown
  Independent Cr Lara Nicholls
  Labor Cr Peter Schulze
  Independent Cr Greg Olbirch
Thalassa   Independent Cr Martin Bray
  Liberal Cr Darryl Parslow
  Liberal Cr Brian Nankivell


  Liberal Cr Marion Themeliotis
Wine Coast   Independent Cr Gail Kilby
  Greens Cr Don Chapman
  SA-BEST Cr Hazel Wainwright
  Independent Cr Wayne Olsen


That is, postcodes 5047, 5051, 5153, and 5157–74 (inclusive).[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Onkaparinga (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "Elected Members". City of Onkaparinga. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Southern Adelaide SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Search result for "County of Adelaide, CNTY" with the following data sets selected - "Counties" and "Local Government Areas"". Property Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Happy Valley (S.A.). Corporation". Libraries Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Monday, 22 December, 1997" (PDF). The Government Gazette of South Australia. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Onkaparinga (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2017. 
  8. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Onkaparinga (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2017. 
  9. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Onkaparinga (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2017. 
  10. ^ "Elected members". The City of Onkaparinga. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Elected Members Register of Interests". City of Onkaparinga. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  12. ^ "City of Onkaparinga suburb boundaries map". City of Onkaparinga. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014. [permanent dead link]

External links

  • City of Onkaparinga
  • Onkaparinga community snapshot

Coordinates: 34°55′S 138°38′E / 34.917°S 138.633°E / -34.917; 138.633

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