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5 Oct: Pool reopening

The Norwood Swimming Centre in Phillips Street, Kensington, is reopening on 5th October. Yippee!! Visit the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters website for opening times, prices, and all the other key info. There is absolutely nothing better to do on a warm day in Kensington than to visit the pool. Cool down, swim some laps, wear out the kids, relax on the lawns, watch the lorikeets frolic above in the remnant River Red gums… all the good stuff. See you there!

6-16 Oct: SA Nature Festival


Many of us are disconnected from nature, we’re busy, we live in an urbanised landscape … take time to enjoy the second annual Nature Festival this Spring. Browse events by theme, date or location at

Arts or Adventure? Aboriginal or Learning? Kids+Family? Slow Down or Give Back? It’s all available in Nature.

Lots of great ideas for keeping the kids – and grownups – entertained during the SA school holidays.

See you out there!

9 Oct: Working Bee

Our next Borthwick Park working bee is set for Sunday 9th October, 9-11am.

Can’t manage the physical work? Not to worry, just join us for a cuppa from 10.30am. The KRA Committee prepare tea, coffee, and a delicious spread of morning tea treats… if we’re VERY lucky Elaine will bring one of her world-famous carrot cakes for all to enjoy. We’d love to see you!

The mulch pile was MIA* in September so likely we’ll be shoveling, barrowing and spreading mulch on 9th October and sorting out the cheeky weeds that pop up as the warmer weather awakens their seed bank. Jobs for all. Bring your neighbours, bring the kids.

Tools provided for use. Wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring your KRA volunteer vest if you have one (we will issue you with one on the day if need be).

*missing in action

16 Oct: Pizza in the Park


From 4pm in Borthwick Park on Sunday 16th October 2022 …last day of the school holidays… PIZZA IN THE PARK IS BACK!

The good folk at PGH Pavers have agreed to let us use their mobile pizza oven again for our annual pizza party. The KRA committee and friends will be making, cooking and serving wood-fired pizzas in Borthwick Park FREE for KRA members.

Registration is essential. Email your attendee numbers and any dietary requirements to our Secretary at BYO drinks, picnic chairs/rugs and hats, as well as plates, cups and cutlery if you think you’ll want them.

The new creekbank nature play area will be officially ‘opened’ during the Pizza in the Park event. Have you taken your kids, grandkids, friends or dogs down to check out this great local place space yet?

13 Nov: Plant Swap

This is a Kensington Residents’ Association event – grown from a resident’s suggestion and supported by your KRA.

A Spring plant swap will be held in Borthwick Park for residents to trade seedlings, cuttings or saved seed.

Living in a unit? Renting? Container gardening is for you! Many plants grow well in containers, and you can take them with you if you move. Jungle up your bathroom! Turn your patio into a herb patch!

Don’t know much about plants and gardening? No worries. Learn some tips and tricks from Kensington gardeners in Borthwick Park on 13 November.

Register via Trybooking to give us an idea how many plants, people, and plant-people we’ll be hosting. This is a FREE event with a few basic “ground rules”:

  1. Plants and soil need to be pest-free and healthy.
  2. Bring 1-10 items to trade e.g. struck cuttings potted in individual containers, or collected dry seeds in envelopes, or fresh cuttings in a bucket of water (without water is fine for succulents).
  3. Ideally swap items should be labelled with the name of the giver and simple tips for success e.g. “succulent from Liz, water sparingly” or “mystery plant from Barbara, likes shade in summer” or “lemon thyme from Jane, sprawling, flavour for cooking”. We’ll have blank labels and pens at the swap if you need.  Or skip the labelling and share your growing tips whilst chatting.

Let’s have a bit of fun with plants and neighbours who enjoy growing stuff or would like to give gardening a go. Leftovers will be used to stock a Kensington plant exchange. For further info email

11 Sept: Borthwick Park working bee

Our next Borthwick Park working bee is happening on Sunday 11th September, 9-11am, come rain, hail or shine! Delicious morning tea provided by the KRA Committee at the close of activities ~10.30am-11am.

Likely we’ll be continuing with topping up the mulch cover where bare earth has been exposed by recent work. Good chance there will be more weeds to pull up. Jobs for all. Bring your neighbours, bring the kids.

Tools provided for use. Wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring your KRA volunteer vest if you have one (we will issue you with one on the day if need be).

Volunteers are required to be KRA members for insurance purposes. You can renew your membership at the working bee and new residents can join on the spot for just $15/household/year.

Quench your thirst

The Benson Memorial fountain is back in action after refurbishment by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters. Visit this State Heritage Listed gem on the corner of High Street and Portrush Road to quench your thirst for water and local heritage! Dr John Benson served the community of Kensington and Norwood for ten years and became much-loved by the community. Following Dr Benson’s untimely death from pneumonia in July 1877, aged just 39, the community erected the fountain in his memory with funds raised by public subscription.

KRA successfully lobbied for the repair, restoration and landscaping of the fountain and surrounds, as part of the Portrush Road widening in 2004. Local architect Michael Pilkington prepared the landscaping plans. The paint colours honour the original colour scheme determined from paint scrapings of the structure. The plumbed water fountain component has been absent for over 12 months, but Council have now completed repairs. Stop by for a sip of refreshing water and have a close look at this local treasure – the detail is fabulous.

Welcome Eastern Spinebills!

Keen birders have reported seeing Eastern Spinebills in Borthwick Park. This tiny honey-eater darts swiftly from bush to bush, flying low and extracting nectar from flowers. Spinebills are not uncommon in gardens this time of year but have not been seen recently in our park due to the marauding and ever-present Noisy Miners. Read more about these new residents on the Backyard Buddies site.

14 Aug: Borthwick Park working bee

Join neighbours and friends at the Borthwick Park working bee on Sunday 14th August between 9am and 11am. After three successful planting sessions during July, our attention now turns to weed removal and mulching. The fantastic wood chip mulch supplied by Council is vitally important to suppress those pesky weeds and help the soil retain as much winter moisture as possible.

All welcome. Tools provided for use. Wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring your KRA volunteer vest if you have one (we will issue you with one on the day if need be). Volunteers are required to be KRA members for insurance purposes. Membership is only $15/household/year. You can join or renew your membership at the working bee.

Delicious morning tea provided at the close of activities ~10.30am-11am

29 & 30 July: COVID vaccinations @ MPS


Marryatville Primary School (M.P.S.) in Dankel Avenue, Kensington, is hosting COVID vaccination clinics in July 2022:

For school students and their families 12.00pm to 5.00pm on Friday 29 July; and

For the general community 10.00am to 4.30pm on Saturday 30 July.

The clinics are walk-in only, no bookings.

Consent must be provided to the vaccination provider on the day. Students and people under 16 years of age can only be vaccinated with a parent or legal guardian present.

See the DfE website for more details. Other schools are also hosting clinics, some at different times to M.P.S.