Australian Idol star to headline 'seniors only' concert
FORMER Australian Idol Damien Leith will headline the Seniors Christmas Concert extravaganza at Lismore City Hall on Tuesday, December 18.
This free event is one of three being put on across the State for NSW' over 60s with Albury and Nowra also hosting.
Member for Lismore Thomas George, who is set to retire from politics in May and will not contest the next State election, said it was the first time in four years that the event had been held in Lismore.
"Last time we had Jean Kittson and Rachel Beck - Rachel is from this region and all her relatives came so it turned into something very special," he said.
He said while the full line-up was yet to be announced and he was yet to find out who would be joining Damien Leith on the road, he was expecting the event, to be arranged in Sydney, would be worth waiting for.
"Securing the Seniors Christmas Concert is a win for our local seniors who will enjoy the benefits of a full-scale production and fun day out leading up to the Christmas season," George said.
"The concert will be a free event, offered exclusively to seniors."
He encouraged residents around the region, aged 60 years and over, to secure their tickets as soon as they could if they hadn't done it already.
"This is an opportunity for local seniors to come along and enjoy themselves," he said.
"It's the Government's way of recognizing the commitment seniors give our community.
George said he was pleased to have the event in the region again and believed Lismore was a "great central location" and the city was fortunate to have the Norpa facility at the City Hall so they could host such an event.
"It has such a great atmosphere," he said.
Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies said the Seniors Christmas Concert tours different locations each year, to ensure as many seniors as possible can attend.
"These concerts are a great way for seniors to share in the spirit of Christmas," Mrs Davies said.
The 2018 Christmas Concerts are an initiative under the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2022 and have been held since 2013, replacing the Premier's Christmas Gala Concert in Sydney.
To find out more information about the Concerts, and how to book tickets, go to seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au/.