ARE you ready for Queensland Seniors Week 2018?
That's an important question for local councils and community organisations with the Queensland Government tapping them on the shoulder with a friendly, $100,000 reminder.
The Palaszczuk Government will be offering a subsidy of up to a $1000 to host events and activities for the state-wide festival which begins August 18.
"Seniors Week is about acknowledging and showing our respect to all our wonderful older Queenslanders who live in our state," Seniors Minister Coralee 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 she hoped the subsidy would push councils and organisations to top last year's festival of ageing.
"Last year close to 16,000 Queenslanders attended 114 subsidised events including morning teas, bush dances, picnics, luncheons and arts workshops which were part of a total of 723 registered events held 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."
Applications for subsidies close 31 March 2018.To find out more about Queensland Seniors Week, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.qldseniorsweek.org.au, or phone COTA Queensland on 1300 738 348.
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