About the KRA

The Kensington Residents’ Association Incorporated (KRA) represents all residents of the historic Kensington village, the small suburb with an unusual diagonal street pattern.

Aims
The aims of the KRA are to:

  • encourage preservation of buildings of historic interest;
  • promote community feeling;
  • improve the appearance of Kensington;
  • seek solutions to Kensington's traffic problems; and to
  • promote closer communication between Council and residents.

For more see our constitution [PDF, 49KB].

Origins
The Kensington Residents’ Association was founded in March 1977 because there was a feeling amongst some residents that Kensington was neglected and run down. There were serious problems with traffic including quarry trucks using Kensington streets as a short cut. Residents wanted more trees and open spaces and both the recognition and preservation of its historical features.

Membership is open to all residents of Kensington and those living on the other side of the perimeter roads.

Please encourage your friends and neighbours to become members.

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KRA Achievements
KRA has achieved much over the last 37 years and Kensington is no longer viewed as a neglected suburb. Our achievements include:

  • Declaration of Kensington as an Historic Conservation Zone in 1994.
  • Preservation of a significant number of historic buildings.
  • Up until 1980 historic bluestone kerbing was replaced with concrete
    when roads were reconstructed in the City of Kensington & Norwood.
    Lobbying by KRA in 1980 resulted in the adoption of a new policy that
    saw bluestone kerbing protected throughout the city.
  • Placement of plaques recognising buildings of historical significance with some assistance from Council’s community grants.
  • Establishment of Borthwick Park in 1985 and the upgrading of 1998 and 2000.
  • In 2010 commenced re-vegetation of the northern bank of Second Creek in Borthwick Park with suitable locally indigenous species in an effort to restore the bank to resemble how it may have looked before European settlement, to increase the biodiversity and provide suitable habitat to attract small birds and animals back to the area. In less than two years since project inception, the northern bank of the creek has been transformed from a mono-culture grassy slope with the planting of locally indigenous mid and under-storey species of local provenance. Planting has been extended to include: the creation of a She-oak grove; two halo areas around two of the majestic Redgums; along the northern and eastern fence lines; and to the garden bed near Heanes Lane.
  • Implementation of traffic controls.
  • High & Bridge Streets are shady tree lined avenues today as a result of
    years of lobbying for the replacement of inappropriate species during
    the early-mid 1990's.
  • Participation with Council in the Centenary of Federation Signposts Project.
  • Securing the repair and re-installation of the Heanes’ family tombstone in Pioneer Park in 2000.
  • Organising, with assistance from Council, the restoration of historic gas lamp posts that are progressively being installed in Kensington.
  • Securing the repair, restoration and landscaping of the National Heritage listed Benson Fountain and surrounds on the corner of High Street, as part of the Portrush Road upgrade.
  • Coordination of Clean Up Australia Day activities in Kensington each year since 1998, removing rubbish from all streets and parks with some assistance from local schools.
  • Successfully lobbying and negotiating to control some anti-social activities associated with local hotels and opposing longer trading hours.
  • Regularly viewing and commenting on development applications.
  • Successful involvement with Council in some planning appeals opposing inappropriate development.
  • In 2009, the distribution of 1000 Kensington calendars to all households and businesses in Kensington featuring photos taken by students from Marryatville Primary School.

Get involved
We are always delighted to hear from anyone who has something to offer our community.

You may be interested in community development, liaising with our many businesses and schools, serving on our committee, helping with Clean-up Australia.

We are keen to hear from anyone who would like to contribute material for this website or our newsletters. For example there is an enormous amount of information in the areas of history, building development and environment that could be very useful for residents. We'd also encourage ideas about how to engage:

  • younger people
  • older residents
  • residents from different cultural backgrounds
  • and the many residents of Kensington who rent.

How to join KRA
Membership of our Association is open to all Kensington residents and those residing on the other side of the perimeter roads. Any person residing outside this area is welcome as an associate member.
Membership is $10.00 per annum. To join or contact our Association, telephone or email via the contact us page.

2017 Committee:

 

 
President Stewart Caldwell
Vice-President Ian Jolley
Secretary: Andrew Dyson
Treasurer

Allison Stokes

 

Andrew Chelmers
Leanne Jones
Saideh Najmi
Fiona Robertson