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

Collared sparrowhawks sometimes roost and hunt near West Croydon Railway Station. Perching on tall lemon-scented gum (Corymbia citriodora) and similar trees, they call to each other from properties either side of the train line. These birds are at the peak of a food chain, and a credit to local gardeners!  Smaller birds are seen less when the sparrowhawks are around, but, on the other hand, butterflies are eaten less by birds.

The call from on high

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 brought together residents who had fought to save Croydon Primary School from irrational closure in the mid 1990s;
residents seeking better regulation of a local glass factory (the biggest in the Southern hemisphere at the time);
and residents who had worked over literally decades for a place for all to relax (now called the M.J. McInerney Reserve) rather than just a limited-use sports oval.

Since incorporation, the group has provided a stable voice for community activists and focus for proactive cooperation with other community groups and local and state Government entities.

Pictures below were taken when RINWAI members and other residents, worked with the City of Charles Sturt and SA’s Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure, preparing for West Croydon station centennial celebrations.  This gave rise to teh formation of a new group (“Rosetta Street Greening”) which has subsequently received 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

In response to residents’ concerns, Peter Gregg said he would request testing by SafeWork SA and release the results.  The report was “released” in March 2018 : Biancos Advisory Visit Report

RINWAI was informed that loose bits of asbestos referred were removed straight after the inspection by Peter Gregg, as requested by SafeWork SA.   (I hope that means he arranged for the asbestos to be removed by accredited people in an accredited manner.) Would this have happened without people like us expressing concern?

Pictures as below have not changed much in ten 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
where 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

In May 2016 – after storms in the area, RINWAI notified Dr Kevin Buckett, Director of Public Health at SA Health, of a loose panel found on the reserve 50 metres from the site. Dr Buckett has not replied to this or any other RINWAI letter since he avoiding responsibility for community concerns about the site in 2015.

15-12-09 Dr Buckett for website

Contact details of RINWAI are provided here:

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