Strategic Plans

Onkaparinga 2035

Onkaparinga 2035

Our community plan, Onkaparinga 2035, is central to how we plan for the future. It is where we represent our residents’ vision of creating strong, vibrant communities, and objectives that provide focus for our work over the coming years.

Onkaparinga 2035 describes what success looks like for our City across three themes:

  • people: vibrant and resilient
  • place: liveable, connected and green
  • prosperity: opportunity, diversity & adaptability

It is supported by Delivering Onkaparinga 2035(PDF, 2MB) , which outlines how council will turn the communities’ vision into action. Delivering Onkaparinga 2035 describes our approach to strategic planning, provides an overview of our current priority activities and fulfils our legislative obligations.

The next layer of our strategic planning is represented by 15 Strategic Plans, which describe how we will achieve good outcomes for specific issues important to our City. Strategic Plans also define council’s roles and policy principles in relation to those issues.

We regularly ask for feedback from community members when developing Strategic Plans, so register for YourSay to learn about upcoming opportunities.

For more information about this plan, please contact our Strategic Services team on 08 8384 0666 or email 

 Onkaparinga 2035(PDF, 7MB)


Strategic plans

Our Strategic Plans outline how we turn the broad vision described in Onkaparinga 2035, our community plan, into specific direction on issues of importance across our city. They align with Onkaparinga 2035’s three themes of people, place and prosperity, and are endorsed by council for between 3 – 5 years.

The plans focus on what we can, should and will do, to help our communities move toward the objectives in Onkaparinga 2035.

We regularly ask for feedback from community members when developing Strategic Plans, so register for YourSay to learn about upcoming opportunities


Arts and Culture(PDF, 2MB) Currently under review, click here for more information 

Disability Access and Inclusion (under development)

Community Capacity (under development)

Libraries(PDF, 3MB)

Sport and Active Recreation(PDF, 2MB)  - Currently under review, click here for information


Land Use(PDF, 4MB)

Masterplans <to come>

Open Space(PDF, 8MB) View the Open Space Network map

Road Network(PDF, 6MB) View the Road Network Plan map

Trails and Cycling(PDF, 2MB)


Climate Change Response (under development)

Economic Growth & Investment (under development)

Green Cities(PDF, 2MB)

Tourism(PDF, 36MB)

Waste and Recycling(PDF, 4MB)


Role statements

We use the following role statements to guide its decision making and to ensure it stays focused on its areas of responsibility, uses resources efficiently and effectively engages in partnerships with others where necessary. 

Service provider


Council is required by legislation to provide a specific service (e.g. development policy and assessment).


Council is responsible and provides full or majority of the resources for a service (e.g. recreation, sports, arts facilities).


Council contributes minority/part resourcing to a service for which others have responsibility (e.g. major events such as Tour Down Under).


Council provides a service on behalf of others (often with funding) that involves ‘hosting’ or other in-kind use of Council resources (e.g. home and community care programs).

Owner custodian

Council own or manages infrastructure, facilities, reserves and natural areas. This is a supporting role to ‘Service Provider’ and will appear together with one of these provider roles, and has particular public liability responsibilities.


Council will make representations on behalf of the community and seek support from others who are able to apply influence to an issue, or funding/investment/resources to a service, project or area. 

Initiator / Facilitator

Council will bring together or connect stakeholders to pursue an issue, opportunity or shared interest or service and determine appropriate action. 

Information provider / Promoter

Council will provide information or promote opportunities related to community services, events, people and places.


Policy principles

These policy principles underpin all of the decisions made by Council. They guide our strategic planning and action, the design of processes, facilities and services, and the management of our assets.

Putting people first

We place people first through the promotion of leadership, imagination, initiative, learning, trust, participation and service. We focus on the needs and aspirations of people and then shape services, processes, products, places, infrastructure, and facilities, to suit. We build personal safety and promote choices for healthy, active living.

Enabling equity

We value equity, recognising that there are inequalities across our region and in our communities (whether due to history, socioeconomic factors, location, age or culture). We work to address these inequalities so that our communities have equitable access to opportunities and services. We protect the options and aspirations of future generations.

Promoting strengths

We recognise and respect our strengths - protecting and celebrating our natural, cultural, and economic strengths and heritage, and building upon these in developing the region. We aim to increase the integration between social, environmental and economic activities. 

Seeking to understand

We make informed decisions that rely on input from genuine community and stakeholder engagement and the best available knowledge, applied to the Onkaparinga context.

Being resourceful

We are resourceful and live within our limits and means, focusing on possibilities, solutions, adaptations and initiatives that catalyse and add value. We learn from mistakes and use land, energy, resources, infrastructure and facilities efficiently. 

Encouraging investment

We invest in our region – maximising potential for local business, employment and market-based competition. We recognise the strengths of the private, government and non-government sectors working together for community benefit. We pursue sustainable growth, including the ongoing renewal of older areas.

Working strategically towards our vision

We are strategic and apply a systematic approach that sees the bigger picture, understands immediate and longer term implications, anticipates opportunity, manages uncertainty and determines policy to guide activity. Our dealings are transparent and we are accountable for our performance.