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Stage 1 is now ready for launch.

The new modern facilities, replacing outdated sheds and shipping containers, now cater to the specific needs of the Onkaparinga Canoe Club, Easy Kayaks, and the South Port Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC).

They will also support the Department for Education’s water safety program, which offers aquatics and water-safety training to thousands of school students every year.

This stage commenced thanks to a collective funding effort from the City of Onkaparinga, the South Australian Government and the Australian Government (through its Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program), as well as contributions from local sporting clubs, including the South Port SLSC, whose fundraising, in collaboration with Surf Life Saving SA, helped secure state government funding through the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission.

Read the Onkaparinga Now article published 17 April 2024 to hear what Easy Kayaks owner, Jack, has to say about the project.

Coming soon

Looking ahead, Stage 2 of the redevelopment promises further enhancements.

Works on Stage 2 are anticipated to commence in mid-2024, with a completion date set for 2025.

Jointly funded by the City of Onkaparinga and a $1.65 million Open Space Grant from the South Australian Government, it will include:

  • expanded aquatic launch area and easier access to the river with safe paths and ramps along the riverbank
  • new rock revetment wall with a large prominent pavilion overlooking the river with seating, trees, and landscaped lawns
  • new public amenities and formal parking.

During the construction phase, the launch site and car park may unavailable. Alternative carparking and additional launch sites can be located here.

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In partnership with the state government, Council is redeveloping the Wearing Street precinct.

The project aims to enhance the popular aquatics destination, promoting healthy lifestyle activities in and around the water, and create an iconic destination that encourages locals and visitors to experience Port Noarlunga.

Plans for the redevelopment were approved by Council in December 2020, following an extensive review and consultation process.

In March 2023 Council resolved to amend the Community Land Management Plan for General Community and Reserve to include the land transferred from the state government and lease the land to four long-standing user groups.