For a couple of months now, collared sparrowhawks have been roosting and hunting just west of West Croydon 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. Peak of the food chain, what a credit to local gardeners! Most smaller birds have been noticeably absent since the sparrowhawks took up residence, but you cannot have everything and, hey, the butterflies are being eaten less by birds.
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 was created by residents who had fought to save Croydon Primary School from irrational closure in the mid 1990s;
sought better regulation of the biggest glass factory in the Southern hemisphere;
and sought to make the M.J. McInerney Reserve a place for all to relax rather than just a sports oval for a few (a struggle over decades!).
Since incorporation, the group has been able to be more proactive, working with other community groups and Government.
Most RINWAI members currently reside 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.
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.
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.
Contact details of RINWAI are provided here: