City of Onkaparinga

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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) Davenport, Finniss, Fisher, Heysen, Kaurna, Mawson, Mitchell, Reynell
Federal Division(s) Boothby, Kingston, Mayo
LGAs around City of Onkaparinga:
City of Marion City of Mitcham Adelaide Hills Council
Gulf St Vincent 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[edit]

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

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