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23 March: CASA meeting




Join CASA for ‘Sustainable Housing for the Future’ – a presentation and discussion by Greg O’Grady and Paul Bana, followed by business of the CASA General Meeting and tea/coffee/supper. Contact CASA Treasurer Tom Matthews on 0429 337 453 for more information.

Premier Malinauskas recently announced that 24,000 new houses will be built over time but will they be user friendly?

Greg O’Grady is an electrical engineer by profession, but domestic building construction and energy efficiency is his passion. Greg’s interest extends from looking after and properly treating the old buildings, doing whatever he can to make sure that anything built today (or planned to be built) will be actually worth building: something that will be thermally comfortable, truly energy efficient, and ultimately last the test of time. Paul Bana is an energy efficiency consultant and trainer with hands-on experience of over 20 years, having worked across Australia, Northern Europe, and India. After moving to South Australia in 2008, Paul continued helping households, businesses, and individuals on their journey to more sustainable living, and energy management. Paul leads training and development activities at South Australian company Your Energy Saving Solutions Pty Ltd (YESS), and delivers Home Scorecard Assessor Training nationally, under a contract with Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action of Victoria.

Strike for Borthwick Park

No, we’re not asking you to join a picket line! We just need some keen local gardeners to strike and care for a batch of Myoporum parvifolium (Creeping Boobialla) cuttings. Volunteers will plant out your successful cuttings in the winter of 2023. Yes! You can help revegetate Borthwick Park from the comfort of your own backyard.

These ground covers thrive in Borthwick Park. They provide excellent shelter and food for small critters like lizards and insects, and compete with weeds and grasses for nutrients and light.

Or try your hand at striking Ruby Saltbush or correas or … talk to John (0422 909 710) about which shrubs in the park to source your cuttings from and have a go at plant propagation. It’s good fun and, best of all, will make a difference in Borthwick Park, the green heart of Kensington.

There’s no creeping going on here, these boobiallas are zooming ahead!

EV intel

Do you drive an electric vehicle? How’s it all going?

Do you have any tips or suggestions for people thinking about taking the step to an EV?

Many people in our community are considering buying an electric vehicle and would appreciate hearing about your experience.

The Kensington Residents’ Association committee are interested in hearing from drivers of electric vehicles willing to participate in an open question and answer session to be held as a 2023 KRA event.

Please email our Secretary to express your interest.

16 April: Borthwick Park working bee

Our next Borthwick Park working bee is on Sunday 16th April, 9-11am. Jobs for all ages and abilities. Invite a friend or neighbour to volunteer with you. Bring the kids! We’ll likely have some mulch to barrow, bucket and spread, plenty of cheeky kikuyu grass to pull out of the garden beds, a bit of tidying up amongst the shrubs…. if we get a few terracotta or earthenware pipes donated we can set up some refuges to help lizards and frogs to shelter from predators.

All tools and training provided for our wonderful volunteers. Wear suitable footwear and clothing. Bring your KRA volunteer vest if you have one (we’ll issue you with on on the day if needed).

Call John for more details on 0422 909 710.

If you can’t manage the physical work, join us for morning tea from 11am. Free tea, coffee, and a delicious spread of morning tea treats on offer. We’d love to see you.

Community working bees held since 2009 have dramatically increased the biodiversity and amenity of Borthwick Park or Karra Yarta, river red gum country.
This photo shows the bare banks of Second Creek newly planted with indigenous plant species.


Thanks to all the volunteers who tidied the streets and parks of Kensington as part of Clean Up Australia Day.  We had great support for the event locally. 

A special thankyou to Peter Duffy for organising the event and providing delicious egg and bacon rolls to reward the clean up crew.

FREE Green Adelaide Resources


Guides for communities and residents

Green Adelaide (GA) have produced a new edition of “Looking after waterways – a property owner’s guide” that you can download or Green Adelaide will provide hard copies if required. Click here for more information.

Towards cooler, greener wilder seminar series (online)
Running monthly throughout 2023, the new GA online seminar series ‘Towards cooler, greener, wilder’ gives you a chance to hear about key environment projects to cool, green and wild metropolitan South Australia.

Seminar #1 – Supporting biodiversity in urban environments with RMIT’s Professor Sarah Bekessy and Melbourne University’s Dr Georgia Garrard. Learn how we can all apply biodiversity sensitive urban design (BSUD), a design framework for cities, schools and homes which prioritises habitat for threatened species to improve biodiversity. This seminar introduces the concept of BSUD and presents local case studies of implementation across Adelaide to benefit both people and nature. Green Adelaide began working with RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) in October 2022 to build an evidence base for BSUD in Adelaide. This session was recorded and will be available on the Green Adelaide YouTube channel.

Upcoming seminars

·         How restoring urban ecosystems improves our health Wednesday 15 March, 4-5pm

·         Looking after waterways Thursday 6 April, 4-5pm

·         May – TBC

·         Cultural Land Management Wednesday 21 June, 4-5pm

·         Rewilding Adelaide –what where when and how Thursday 20 July, 4-5pm

·         Aug – TBC

·         Inclusivity in environmental volunteering Wed 20 September, 4-5pm

·         Saving our threatened plant species Thursday 12 October, 4-5pm

·         Microbats of Adelaide Tuesday 7 November, 4-5pm

Find updates and registrations here: Courses and events | Green Adelaide

12 March: Working Bee & Morning Tea

Our next Borthwick Park working bee is on Sunday 12th March, 9-11am. This month we’re spreading mulch, weeding and hopefully creating a few refuges for lizards and frogs on the creekbank if John’s received any donations of terracotta pipes.

Jobs for all ages and abilities. Tools and full training provided for all volunteers. 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). Bring a friend. Bring a neighbour. Bring the kids.

Can’t manage the physical work? Not to worry, just join us for a cuppa from 11am. The KRA Committee prepare tea, coffee, and a delicious spread of morning tea treats… we’d love to see you.

See you there! Call John for more info on 0422 909 710.

5 March: Clean Up Australia

Clean Up Australia Day is on again in March. KRA is organising the annual volunteer clean-up of Kensington on Sunday 5th March 2023.

The main effort will be conducted from Borthwick Park, Thornton Street from 9am on Sunday, wrapping up with a BBQ lunch at noon. All welcome but let us know if you are coming for catering purposes.

For those who prefer to clean up a designated section of Kensington prior to Sunday, bags will be available for collection from Friday evening (March 3rd) from High Street, Kensington. Address provided as required.

Please register to join our clean-up by emailing Andrew at

You’ll be joining Australia’s largest community-based environmental event, held annually on the first Sunday in March. To learn more about this fabulous national institution started over 30 years ago by an Aussie bloke who just wanted to make a difference click here.

12 Feb: Working Bee

The first Borthwick Park working bee for 2023 will be held 9am-11am on Sunday 12th February. We will be spreading mulch as well as the usual tidying up and boundary patrol.

We are looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces. Morning tea provided.

Borthwick Park working bees are held on the second Sunday of the month.

5 Feb: Movie fundraiser at The Regal Theatre


Sunday 5 February 2023, 4pm – 7pm for drinks and nibbles with raffles and silent auction, following by screening of What’s Love Got To Do With It? at The Regal Theatre, 275 Kensington Road.

Swiping right has only delivered an endless stream of Mr. Wrongs for documentary-maker and dating app addict Zoe (Lily James) to the dismay of her eccentric mother Cath (Emma Thompson). For Zoe’s childhood friend and neighbour Kaz (Shazad Latif) the answer is to follow his parents’ example and opt for an arranged (or “assisted”) marriage to a bright and beautiful bride from Pakistan. As Zoe films his journey to marry a stranger, she begins to wonder if she might have something to learn from a profoundly different approach to finding love. Striking a touching balance between respect for cultural customs and belief in the power of romance What’s Love Got to Do with It? offers an impassioned take on the notion of love, romance and finding that special someone.

Here’s the official trailer!

Get your complimentary glass of wine and nibbles when doors open from 4pm. Great raffle prizes and silent auction bargains. Film starts at 5pm and finishes at 6:45pm

All profits from the event will be used to fund KRA activities and insurance premiums.

Buy your tickets now from Eventbrite or the KRA committee … and we’ll see you at the Regal Theatre on 5th February from 4pm.