Roslyn residents set to get their say

Free and fun, there is plenty of excitement around Roslyn in the buildup to this Saturday's Have A Say Day.

Organised by the Roslyn Education & Community Health group, better known as REACH, the day is offering free activities on the green at Norton Park between Roslyn Kindergarten and Lifechurch in upper Featherston St from 11am.

"There will be free entertainment, free sausage sizzle, free competitions with prizes to be won, free drivers' licence information, free safety advice, free children's books, free health checks, free children's arts and crafts, free bouncy castle and many stalls with free information for families," says REACH spokeswoman Heather Tanguay.

Entertainment, hosted by Access Manawatu, which provides an important link to the city's English as a second language communities, includes music from Shufti, the Bing Turkby Ensemble, the Roslyn School Band, along with performances from Bhutanese dancers and a troupe from Zero Gravity Studios. The event is being opened by city mayor Jono Naylor and MP Iain Lees-Galloway.

Committed to bringing the Roslyn community together, REACH is a collaboration that includes the local medical centre, Palmerston North City Council, various government departments, and a number of community organisations, schools, pre-schools and churches.

The group has produced the Roslyn Register, a guide listing a variety of local amenities and community assistance available.

It also supports budget cooking classes and recently launched a community garden project.

Photographs taken around Roslyn, which is the area bounded by Keith, Main and Ruahine streets and the Main Trunk Line, will be displayed at Have A Say Day for comment. A wishing tree will give members of the Roslyn community the opportunity to record their hopes, dreams and aspirations for the suburb and how they would like to see it develop.

REACH will apply for funding to assist any community projects that result from Have A Say Day. The gala will take place wet or fine.

Manawatu Standard