Our region not only boasts some of Adelaide's most spectacular scenery, it is also made up of industrious, hardworking people with a strong sense of community and environment. Commercial activity in our city ranges from small local businesses to worldwide leading exporters. The City of Onkaparinga (map) features a thriving economy, as we work together to renew our old economy to capitalise on new opportunities both locally and globally.

The region’s economy features highly adaptive small to medium metropolitan enterprises and its wine, food and tourism underpin the rural and coastal areas. The region is also beginning to support some very successful niche industries in emerging technology fields such as medical devices, cosmetics, water, environmental products and advanced manufacturing. Lonsdale is the main industrial area with secondary areas at Hackham, Seaford and Aldinga. The old oil refinery at Port Stanvac is closed and will be remediated before being released to the market. Other major projects are driving new prosperity in the City of Onkaparinga include the $1.8 billion Adelaide Desalination Plant (2008-2010), $292 million Seaford Rail Extension (2010-2013), $445 million Southern Expressway Duplication (2011-2014) and $450 million Water Proofing the South projects (2008-2012).

With workforce planning a critical element for business sustainability, the City of Onkaparinga features Noarlunga TAFE and Marcellin Technical College at Noarlunga Centre augmented by Flinders University and O’Halloran Hill TAFE close to our northern boundary. There are 11 secondary schools, 59 primary schools and 56 preschools which cater for nearly 30,000 children. A strong industrial base, young local workforce, quick and easy access to Adelaide and affordable real estate all make the City of Onkaparinga an ideal location in which to establish a business.