Funding boost guarantees stellar Seniors Week line-up
QUEENSLAND seniors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to events and activities during Seniors Week (August 17-25), thanks to $100,000 in funding from the Queensland Government.
Minister for Seniors Coralee O'Rourke has announced that 108 events and activities to be held across the state during Seniors Week would benefit from a government grant.
"Queensland Seniors Week is the premier event on the calendar for Queensland seniors, providing opportunities to build stronger intergenerational relationships and celebrate our seniors and their contribution to their communities," Mrs O'Rourke said.
"These 108 events and activities range from morning teas, concerts and seniors expos to multicultural events, sports and movie nights.
"There's something for Queenslanders of all ages on the calendar for Seniors Week this year, and we expect this year's calendar will be even bigger than previous years."
Seniors Week is coordinated by the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland which receives Queensland Government funding to collaboratively plan, run and distribute grants for Seniors Week events and activities.
The Palaszczuk Government has increased Seniors Week funding to COTA Queensland by $37,000 per annum.
COTA Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans said Seniors Week had grown significantly over the past six years and the additional funding would enable the week to continue to grow.
"We welcome the opportunity to again work with the Queensland Government and the hundreds of organisations around the State during Queensland Seniors Week to celebrate the contributions of older people," Mr Tucker-Evans said.
"Last year saw over 870 events, including 115 that received a Queensland Government grant, and we are anticipating another big year.
"We invite everyone to get involved by hosting and attending events and connecting with older members of their communities."
To find out more about Seniors Week including grant recipients, register a Seniors Week event or view the online events calendar visit qldseniorsweek.org.au or phone COTA Queensland on 1300 738 348.
For more information about support and services for older Queenslanders, visit qld.gov.au/seniors.