FESTIVAL GRANTS TO KEEP SENIORS ACTIVE

More than 90 community organisations and councils across the state will share in NSW Government funding to host events during next year’s NSW Seniors Festival.

Minister for Seniors Natalie Ward said each group had received up to $10,000 to provide opportunities for older people to participate in community activities and events.

“We’re supporting programs that help our seniors stay healthy, active and energised, including yoga, gardening and performing arts,” Mrs Ward said.

“Next year’s Festival will provide great opportunites for our seniors to re-connect through activities in their local communities across the state.”

The 2022 Seniors Festival will be held from Friday, 25 March until Sunday, 3 April and includes a variety of cultural, creative, sporting and recreational programs.

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“There are also programs to support older people to plan for retiring, housing choices and getting around. These grants recognise and encourage the contributions of older people in the community,” Mrs Ward said.

Recipients include the Sutherland Shire Retirement Living and Lifestyle Expo, the Byron Shire Seniors Festival and the Forbes Seniors Give It A Go Festival.

Cootamundra-Gundagai Mayor Abb McAlister said they would use their $8,000 funding boost to host a Seniors Expo in Cootamundra and Seniors Fair in Gundagai.

“We’re putting on cultural tours, rug making, history walks, sports and even a pamper party. Keeping active and engaged is key to a long and happy life,” Mr McAlister said.

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Mrs Ward said the grants align with the NSW Government’s commitment to our valued seniors, under the Ageing Well in NSW: Seniors Strategy 2021–2031.