Story – Residents of Inner North-West Adelaide Incorporated (RINWAI)

Residents of Inner North-West Adelaide Incorporated (RINWAI) was incorporated in 2005, to provide ongoing input into issues of concern to our local community. It united residents who had fought untrammelled expansion of the biggest glass factory in the Southern hemisphere; tried to save Croydon Primary School from irrational closure; and fought over literally decades to have the M J McInerney Reserve developed as a place for all to relax rather than just an oval.

Most RINWAI members currently reside in the City of Charles Sturt.

On the ground in the City of Charles Sturt

RINWAI members network extensively, for instance working with other residents, the City of Charles Sturt and SA’s Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure, in preparation for West Croydon station centennial celebrations. Subsequently “Rosetta Street Greening” has received several City of Charles Sturt gardening awards.

RINWAI members have also worked alongside a Kilkenny-based group, removing graffiti and decorating stobie poles.  Gorilla Art

We were amongst those who fought for redevelopment of the MJ McInerney Reserve, some for decades. In the mid 1990s we succeeded and assisted in design and implementation of a multi-use reserve. We continue to help improve the site.

National-Tree-Day ERROR
2012 National Tree Day

But there is an ongoing challenge from a derelict site adjacent to the reserve

The former Bianco factory site was awarded a brickbat at the 2016 Civic Review ceremony.
Australian Civic Trust Incorporated chair Darian Hiles said inaction was causing concern at the site of asbestos More here:Civic Review 2016 Brickbats

Residents are concerned about asbestos damaged and crumbling. Prevailing winds blow across a playground, reserve and places of residence. Despite security and warning signs, people (aged upwards from about five years) regularly access the site, and it even features on web sites for thrill seekers
looking for derelict places in Adelaide

Residents have been seeking site remediation or redevelopment for years now. In October 2017, more than seventy people attended a meeting in Kilkenny and heard from site owner and would-be developer, Peter Gregg, about his problems in finding a way forward with the site, with nothing tangible yet possible after eight years of negotiations with key players including the Owens Illinois glass factory business entity.
Meeting 17th October 2017

Pictures as below have not changed much for eight years and we post this information with reluctance after years of frustration seeking resolution and concern that this is a major environmental risk and sets a bad tone locally.

A kite
where children play
with an opening for a small person
through an ineffective fence
and there is easy access
from the railway path
where you can approach
a place of no jobs and no resolution
and bad stuff happens here
while prevailing winds cross the reserve

14th May 2016, after recent storms in the area, Dr Kevin Buckett Director of Public Health, SA Health, was posted a letter because a loose panel was found some distance across the reserve. Although we do not believe this contained asbestos, and nobody to our knowledge was damaged by its impact, what might have happened?

The 14th April 2016 letter to Dr Buckett as below has not yet received a reply.

16-04-14 Dear Dr Buckett

15-12-09 Dr Buckett for website

15-12-03 Dear Ministers

Residents of Inner North-West Adelaide Incorporated

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