Educational Opportunities

For individuals

  • Residents are encouraged to join in with our wide-ranging program of free Sustainable Onkaparinga workshops and events that are advertised 3 times per year to inspire you on ways to be greener and make sustainable lifestyle changes at home.
  • Discover more about upcoming Sustainable Onkaparinga projects, our successes and how you can get involved by subscribing to our quarterly newsletter
  • Our Environmental Sustainability Officer works at Woodcroft Community Centre and Aldinga Library at least once a month, so that you can pop along and ask any questions you have on what to recycle, how to access free workshops, how to save money on your energy bills, etc. View upcoming dates.
  • Climate Ready Champions:  City of Onkaparinga in partnership with the Australian Red Cross has launched an exciting new project to help communities prepare for climate change. The Resilient South Climate Ready Communities Project is empowering people to understand the risks they currently face, the way these are changing, and what they can do to build their resilience.  If you think we need to get ready as a community for changes in our climate, you can join our group of Climate Ready Champions. Champions are trained to help people understand how the things we value may be affected by our changing climate, and explore what we can do to take action. For more information, to register, or to have us come along to your group to talk about becoming climate ready, please contact: Dani Austin: and and 0415 695 836. 
  • Living Smart: Building on the success of the 2016 and 2017 courses which have created positive feedback from all participants. This fee paying course, run in partnership with Adelaide & Mt Lofty NRM has given those residents that are already passionate about environmental behaviour change and are keen to take action, the opportunity to learn more.  View details and bookings for the 2019 Living Smart course starting in February.

For community groups

  • Our Sustainability Projects Officer is available to present to your group on smart tips and ideas on how to be greener around the home, while saving money and being good to the environment. The presentation can be tailored to suit and includes information on programs that residents can get involved in or benefit from. For more information contact Tracy Fulton.
  • Our Waste & Recycling Education Officers are available to present to your group and can be tailored to suit so that you can learn how to minimise waste, what to recycle, composting methods, what happens to the bin once it leaves the kerb and much more.  For more information contact Lynda Wedding.
  • Woodcroft Community Centre is our northern ‘green hub’ demonstrating ways to reduce energy, water use and greenhouse emissions. The Centre’s Green Team are available to give group tours of the building’s sustainability features which can be tailored to different age groups and requirements on request and are conducted by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Book online.

For schools

  • NRM Education’s southern team are hosted by Council and work with around 50 schools within our region to embed sustainability principles within their learning and management practices. They help provide opportunities for students to take action on local environmental issues that will lead to improved educational and environmental outcomes linked to the Australian Curriculum. For more information contact Rob Wallace.
  • Our Waste & Recycling Education Officers are available to present to schools on a variety of waste avoidance and recycling topics. Presentations are tailored to class age and are interactive, informal and fun. For more information contact Lynda Wedding.

At community events

  • Sustainable Onkaparinga educational opportunity eventsThe Sustainable Onkaparinga display stand is staffed by our waste and sustainability officers to provide the latest information, inspiration and advice on environmental programs and initiatives that council and our partner organisations offer. The display can be found at shopping centres and council events across our region, but is also available for a limited number of larger scale community events each year.   If you are holding an event and would like the display and staff to be part of it, please contact us.