HAPPY DAYS: Mayor Paul Antonio shares a festive moment with resident Kathleen Davey.
HAPPY DAYS: Mayor Paul Antonio shares a festive moment with resident Kathleen Davey.

Over-80s Mayoral party a gift to all

AGE does not define who you are or the active role you play in the community.

That was the message Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio took back to the office after his annual Mayoral Over-80s Christmas Party recently.

Each year the mayor invites octogenarians and beyond to celebrate with him at the Toowoomba Showgrounds Founders Pavilion, and this year 680 accepted the call.

"In today's society, we are living longer, and we see and do more, so being over 80 no longer means you can't enjoy activities or get out and about," Cr Antonio said after chatting and swapping stories with a number of the participants.

"Talking to those who attended it was great to see we had residents who still run marathons, go bungee jumping, travel and work as volunteers - they are visible and active members of our community."

The mayor paid tribute to the senior citizens from all cultures who have helped make the region what it is today.

As we look to the future, he said "we must not forget where we have come from, and the rich traditions we have made together as individuals and a community over the years".

"Our Seniors have played a pivotal role in helping us get to where we are today.

"They are part of our past, present and future, and council and the community are proud to acknowledge them."

Council also celebrated with the rest of the community on December 6 as City Hall was transformed by thousands of Christmas lights and a party to celebrate them being turned on.


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