Rotorua residents over the age of 50 are invited to a public meeting to learn about Positive Ageing Rotorua and consider putting their names forward for this forum.

The public meeting is to be held on Thursday August 11 at Rotorua Lakes Council.

People now have the chance to provide an independent voice for the seniors of Rotorua through Positive Ageing Rotorua.

The initiative to strengthen participation by seniors in council decision-making began 12 months ago, with a diverse group of 10 members, established as part of the People Portfolio.

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The public meeting will give enthusiastic residents over the age of 50 the chance to meet current members, learn more about what Positive Ageing does for Rotorua and apply for a position.

Chairperson Russell Hallam said the group was looking for new members who had good communication skills, were respectful of people's differences and had a good community network.

"Since our group began, we have been able to discuss and submit feedback on new council strategies such as the Inner City Revitalisation and Sustainability strategies.

"We were also involved in providing feedback to make the new library age friendly.

"The past 12 months have been a learning time for us while we each settled into our roles. Our members are hardworking, they have a broad outlook and are committed to the objectives of Positive Ageing, and increasing participation by our older population."

Positive Ageing Rotorua Terms of Reference and application forms can be found online at rotorualakescouncil.nz/positiveageing.

Meeting details:
When: Thursday August 11 2016 4 to 5pm
Where: Committee Room 1, first floor, Rotorua Lakes Council

Any queries about Positive Ageing Rotorua can be directed to chairperson Russell Hallam on (07) 348 6034 or at rosnrus@xtra.co.nz