Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging the Shire’s Seniors to join in the Seniors Festival activities being held locally to celebrate their important role in the community. The them for this year’s Seniors Festival is Let's Do More Together. For 2017 events include;
- SENIORS FESTIVAL OPENING EVENT – Cost $10 - Tuesday 7 March at Quirindi RSL Club. Commencing at 11am, with music and entertainment, a Roast Lunch and Dessert included with a free bus departing Werris Creek at 10.30am and free transport departing Willow Tree at 10.30am.
- A FREE MOVIE AND AFTERNOON TEA – Wednesday 8 March will commence at 1.30pm in the comfortable Quirindi Royal Theatre. It will feature the screening of the award winning movie Florence Foster Jenkins followed by a light afternoon tea.
- MYSTERY BUS TOUR – Cost $30 - Friday 10 March with buses departing Willow Tree Visitor Information Centre at 8.30am, Quirindi Railway Station at 8.30am and Werris Creek Post Office at 9am.
- LAUNCH OF STAYING STRONG PROGRAM AT REC CENTRE - Starts Thursday 9 March at 10.30am for an hour –Program runs for 6 weeks - A local qualified physio, from total care physiotherapy, will be running the program - Only 15 spots available – Make a booking by calling 6746 3122 or calling into the Rec Centre.
Councillor Hope pointed out that numbers to some events are strictly limited and encouraged people to book early at the Werris Creek, Quirindi and Willow Tree Home Support Service offices or the Customer Service Desk at Council’s Administration Centre. He said activities are open to all residents of Liverpool Plains Shire who are aged 55 years and over. He requested that anyone with mobility issues discuss these with Council staff when booking and that people who require a carer make a booking for them to attend as well.
“We’ve also arranged a Senior’s Festival Raffle. Tickets are $1 each with a 1st Prize of 6 months free movies at the Quirindi Royal Theatre, 2nd Prize is Gourmet Hamper from Plains Pantry and the 3rd prize a $50 Lolliebox from Quirindi Florist and Lolliebox. Tickets can be purchased from any of the LPSC Home Support Offices or the Administration Building. Tickets will also be on sale at each of the Senior’s Festival events,” he said.
Councillor Hope said persons over 55 years of age made p 35% of the LPS population in the last available census figures. He said like many rural areas the percentage of seniors is growing and will continue to do so into the future.
“Many of our seniors are still active on the land, in business and in many other areas of Shire life. A large number of the Shire’s volunteers are seniors and in this role alone they play a vital part in enhancing the social fabric of our communities,” he said.
The objectives of the week long Senior’ Festival are to encourage older people to live healthy and active lifestyles all year round, to demonstrate that older age can be a time of learning and adventure and to celebrate older people and their continuing contribution to family, friends, workplaces and communities, and across generations,” he continued.
During the Seniors Festival we celebrate the valuable contribution seniors make to our community. Here on the Liverpool Plains, it is our way of saying thank you to seniors and a great opportunity for all the generations to join with older people to celebrate,” he said.
“So, Let's Do More Together as we celebrate the role of seniors in our society. On behalf of Council and the wider community I say thanks for a job well done. Please participate in and enjoy the events that have been organised,” Councillor Hope concluded
Apart from events scheduled in the Liverpool Plains Shire there are events scheduled State wide and many major events in Sydney. Details can be obtained through www.nswseniorsfestival.com.au