Roseneath rejuvenates residents’ group
March 21, 2019
A pot luck lunch on Sunday has kicked off a community effort to rejuvenate the almost defunct Roseneath Residents’ Association.
The event which had a bouncy castle saw a turn-out of close to 60 residents and their children. Plus, one dog.
“The time is right to rejuvenate the association,” unofficial chairperson and event organiser Sean Rush said.
Rush, who moved to the suburb five years ago, said he envisioned the rejuvenated association would act as an advocacy group for residents.
He expressed concerns that more commuter traffic was being funneled through the narrow streets of the suburb and suggested the traffic woes might have something do with the lack of development on the Mount Victoria tunnel.
He also wanted to launch a Roseneath predator free programme and to have more robust civil defence plans and training in place. He is also keen to hold more community events.
Don Bagnall, who has lived in the suburb for 50 years and has been a member of the association for the last 40 said he was pleased with the turnout. It reminded him of the first residents’ association meeting he attended 40 years ago.
He said he hoped Roseneath would rekindle its community spirit.
Bagnell agreed there needed to be more focus on civil defence planning for the community and was concerned with the increase in traffic through the suburb.
Roseneath resident Ruth Barnell said she believed a focus on community was important, especially given the context of recent events in Christchurch.