Share of $100K up for grabs to celebrate Qld Seniors Week

The State Government is reminding community organisations and local councils that they will soon be able to apply for a subsidy of up to $1000 to host events and activities across the state during Queensland Seniors Week.

With the funding opening on 1 March, Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke encouraged eligible organisations to get on board and apply for a subsidy.

“Seniors Week is about acknowledging and showing our respect to all our wonderful older Queenslanders who live in our state,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“That’s why we’ve invested $100,000 to ensure older people are recognised for the incredible contribution they make to Queensland, further supporting our efforts to building age-friendly communities.

“It’s also a great way to bring generations together to share their experiences and knowledge which aligns perfectly with this year’s theme ‘Celebrating a Queensland for ALL Ages’.”

Mrs O’Rourke said Seniors Week would be celebrated from 18 to 26 August.

“We are once again proud to support Council on the Ageing Queensland (COTA Queensland) to deliver this important awareness raising week,” she said.

“Last year close to 16,000 Queenslanders attended 723 registered events including morning teas, bush dances, picnics, luncheons and arts workshops to celebrate the iconic week.”

“I’m really looking forward to attending an even bigger and better Seniors Week this year with more exciting events and activities hosted right across the state particularly in rural and regional areas.”

COTA Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans said Seniors Week provides the opportunity for Queenslanders to explore programs and services available for seniors. “Seniors Week helps to build and maintain strong communities through connecting people of all ages and backgrounds in the many events and activities held during the nine days, too many to fit into just one week,” he said.

Applications for subsidies close 31 March 2018.To find out more about Queensland Seniors Week, email seniorsweek@cotaqld.org.au, visit www.qldseniorsweek.org.au, or phone COTA Queensland on 1300 738 348.

To find out about support and services for seniors, visit: www.qld.gov.au/seniors

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