History and Objectives

History of the Norwood Residents Association Inc.

The former Kensington and Norwood Council, the oldest suburban council in Australia, was part of the local community. Residents felt an immediate and close connection with their Council.

In 2000, the State Government pressured councils into amalgamation. As a result, the former Kensington and Norwood Council became part of the much larger Norwood Payneham and St Peters Council.

Many people were concerned that the voice of our local community would be lost.

A public meeting was called on the 29th March 2000 in the St Giles Church Hall to consider the formation of an organisation that could represent Norwood and speak for its residents. Forty eight residents decided unanimously to establish the Norwood Residents Association.

Since then, the NRA has formed ties with other community organisations, including other residents groups in the Norwood Payneham and St Peters Council area. This enables us to present a united voice on issues of concern to the whole city.


1         To maintain the character of Norwood and its sense of community.

2         To make representation to Local and State Governments on issues that affect Norwood.

3         To inform residents on issues affecting our community.

4         To encourage residents to participate in local decision making, development and planning.

5         To promote a safe and welcoming neighbourhood..

Areas of Activity

1         Development applications

2         Planning Amendment Reports (PARs)

3         Significant trees

4         Open Space Strategy

5         Transport Issues

6         Heritage Issues

7         Other Environmental Issues

8         Parklands Administration

9         Better Communication for the Community, eg Notice Boards