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NSW seniors week the biggest yet

25 March 2014



Today Minister for Ageing John Ajaka said that he was proud that the NSW Government had delivered the largest NSW Senior’s Week ever.

“More than 300,000 seniors took part in more than 900 events across the state which is more than ever in the week’s 56 year history,” Mr Ajaka said.

“This year the NSW Government invested about $1.5 million into Senior’s Week, supporting local events and presenting the much-loved Premier’s Gala Concert.

“It was a year of firsts as well, with the government introducing Local Achievement Awards so that communities can recognise the contribution of their seniors.

“I attended a number of events across Sydney and was impressed to see the impact events staged by these small organisations make to their communities.

“We provided grants for more than 220 events, bringing seniors together, getting them involved in mental and physical activities and providing a space for social interaction.

“With the number of seniors set to double by 2050, the NSW Government has a vision for a healthy, vibrant, active ageing population – this year’s Seniors Week makes this vision a reality.

“It is not just in Sydney that seniors enjoy the festivities – more than 40 per cent of the events are in rural NSW.

“This year, for the first time, the Premier’s Gala Concerts were expanded to include five free concerts at the Qantas Credit Union Arena attracting around 50,000 seniors.

“The feedback I have received has been all positive about the concert – the theme brought back some great memories and everyone especially enjoyed Leo Sayer’s performance.

“The NSW Government looks forward to building on this year’s success, ensuring that NSW Seniors Week continues to be the largest event for seniors in the southern hemisphere.”

For more information on NSW Seniors Week go to:

www.nswseniorsweek.com.au

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