Seniors living in the Mid-Western and Trangie regions will have more opportunities to get involved in the 2023 NSW Seniors Festival, thanks to grant funding provided by the NSW Government.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said Mid-Western Regional Council has received $4900 to host the 2023 Mid-Western Regional Seniors Festival.
“Seniors are absolutely precious people in our communities, often filling vital volunteering and caring roles even in retirement,” Mr Saunders said.
“This funding will enable council to put on a range of events around the region at low to no cost, so as many seniors can participate as possible.
“Our seniors were hit hard by the isolation of recent years, and it’s great to be able to support activities that will encourage them to socialise, learn, get active, and demonstrate their skills and knowledge to their peers and the broader community!”
Events will include:
- four social lunches with musical entertainment
- a Dance Through the Ages morning tea
- art, craft, writing and photography competitions and exhibition
- a classic film screening
- history, memoir writing and information technology workshops (total of four)
- recognition of outstanding local seniors through nominations and awards
The Trangie Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) has also received $1000 to host its Reconnecting Seniors to Sport event as part of the festival.
“Trangie’s Reconnecting Seniors to Sport event is really a whole-of-community affair,” Mr Saunders said.
“After a delicious CWA-catered morning tea, seniors compete in games designed by Year 9 and 10 students from Trangie Central School, for seniors of all ages and abilities.
“I know the seniors love the interaction with the school students, who encourage and assist them in the activities.”
Minister for Seniors Mark Coure said Mid-Western Regional Council and Trangie LALC join more than 80 community organisations across the state that have received a share in $200,000 provided by the NSW Government to host activities during the festival.
“Each of these groups are helping make the festival even bigger, giving seniors more opportunities to get involved across the State,” Mr Coure said.
“Seniors are such an important part of our local communities and I am proud to see so many organisations want to help celebrate them.”
The activities hosted by the community groups will take place during the NSW Seniors Festival, which is scheduled to run from 1-12 February 2023.
For more information, please visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/seniors-festival.