• Riverwood Wetlands in Salt Pan Reserve, Sydney NSW.

Riverwood Autumn Fair Celebrates 36 Years

Large crowds typify the strong social importance of Community Festivals in Sydney.

Brian Boyd and PAYCE show support for the Riverwood Community again in 2016

With an estimated 5,000 visitors over the weekend, the Riverwood Autumn Fair festival delivered a fabulous day of exciting entertainment and activities under the autumn skies of Sydney.

Riverwood Autumn Fair festival is an annual celebration which aims to engage and enhance community spirit in the local area. The event is also an important fundraiser for a variety of programs designed to benefit the community as a whole.

The Riverwood Community Centre started the annual festival 36 years ago and over its life cycle has grown to become a far wider, more inclusive celebration for the community at large.

Event relocation is a sure winner for the Community: Brian Boyd

The festival was re-located to the magnificent Riverwood Wetlands in Salt Pan Reserve four years ago and continues to garner popular support in the area. The 2016 festival featured over 100 community and market stalls where a wide variety of hand crafted goods and multicultural food and refreshments were available.

Performances on the grand stage featured the just-formed Riverwood Community Choir, Vietnamese dance troupes, Riverwood's Air League and the dulcet tones of the beautiful Riverwood Public School Choir. The range of performances was well received by the enthusiastic crowd, adding an air of positive energy to this fantastic event.

Special Guests support the festival through attending in strong numbers

Pauline Gallagher, CEO of the Riverwood Community Centre, warmly welcomed special guests on the day, including Cr Brian Robson, mayor of Canterbury, Cr Karl Saleh, Canterbury deputy mayor, Tony Burke federal member for Watson and Jihad Dib, state member for Lakemba.

The event was peppered with special performances by 'Joeys Choir', a magical musical group from St Joseph's Riverwood School, along with the Mc Phillips Highland Dancers, the Mortdale Physical Culture Club plus shows by the King and Queen of Green's Realm of Rubbish and the fascinating Reptiles Rule.

Brian Boyd and PAYCE join local businesses in supporting the Riverwood Autumn Fair

The local business sector again showed strong support for the event with abounding donations of services plus prizes for the roving raffles held throughout the festival.

PAYCE, a preeminent Australian investment and property company, has shown support for the Riverwood Autumn Fair over the past five years and this year donated two state of the art Samsung Galaxy tablet devices as prizes for the main raffle.

Continued Contribution to the Community a Pleasure - Brian Boyd

"Our company has been involved with the Riverwood community now for over five years through the Washington Park residential project and our associations with numerous local community and charity groups and schools," Mr. Brian Boyd said.

"It has been a wonderful experience so see how successful and enjoyable these types of events can be when everyone gets involved. The residents of Canterbury, and especially Riverwood, can be very proud of what they have achieved within their community in recent years by working together, continued Mr. Boyd.

"The Autumn Fair a great example of community togetherness and sharing that embraces the many cultures and the various age groups and interests.

"Once again it has been a privilege for PAYCE to join with our corporate partners from the business and government sectors to support this worthy event," concluded Mr. Brian Boyd.

PAYCE General Manager Dominic Sullivan celebrates the Fair

Dominic Sullivan, PAYCE General Manager, said the Fair was an excellent opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity of Riverwood with neighbours and friends.

Mr Sullivan could be seen manning the PAYCE stall throughout periods of the day and also chatting to locals as he wandered the Riverwood Wetlands in Salt Pan Reserve with friends and family.

"PAYCE had a stall at the Riverwood Fair and our staff wholly enjoyed chatting with the many friendly people who came by to say hello and express their thanks and to say how much they were enjoying the day's entertainment and various market stalls," Dominic Sullivan said.

"Everyone involved with the festival - the Riverwood Community Centre, the community groups, the volunteers and the many sponsors - are to be congratulated for their roles in making the day such a successful event," Mr Sullivan enthused.

PAYCE and the Community: Brian Boyd and Dominic Sullivan

The team from PAYCE are looking forward to the 2017 festival with plans already underway for another great community event at Riverwood.

The Riverwood Fair is one of many community based events where PAYCE, led by MD Mr. Brian Boyd and GM Mr. Dominic Sullivan, offer assistance and support. Our role as a building company extends directly into supporting community groups and grass roots social activities throughout Australia.


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