Grant to celebrate local Elders

Celebrating the wisdom of Elders of all backgrounds will be a focus of a seniors’ event announced today by Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders.

Mr Saunders said Connective Indigenous Corporation will receive $3800 to host a one-day inclusive community event at Dubbo’s Western Plains Cultural Centre, as part of the 2022 NSW Seniors Festival.

“Our seniors play a vital role in our community as volunteers, carers and grandparents and we want to recognise and reward their contribution with activities tailored to their interests,” Mr Saunders said.

“Our First Nations people have a great tradition of respecting and honouring their Elders, but this event won’t just be about celebrating First Nations Elders.

“Connective Indigenous Corporation is also determined to create an event that’s inclusive, and celebrates all of our seniors and the wisdom they hold, no matter their background.”

The event will include a concert with local musicians, craft activities, as well as opportunities for seniors to facilitate sessions to share their knowledge.

Connective Indigenous Corporation director and project manager Rob Salt said the event will also have a focus on seniors’ health and wellbeing, with gift bags and information relevant to them.

“Recognising and sharing stories with Elders is not only import for cultural maintenance, but also an opportunity for Dubbo as a whole to learn and be inspired by our local Elders,” Mr Salt said.

“This event would not be possible without the funding that we’ve received, so we very much appreciate it.”

For more information about the 2022 NSW Seniors Festival visit

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