Seniors Week

From coast to country, seniors make a huge contribution to the Gympie region. Through employment, caring, volunteering, grand parenting, cultural and sporting pursuits, preserving our history and guiding our future, seniors are vital to our community. In August each year, Seniors Week provides opportunities to promote positive community attitudes towards older people and ageing, facilitate community participation, and enhance community connections.


Senior Citizen of the Year Awards 2020

Nominations open now!

Do you know a Gympie Region resident 60+ years of age who has made a noteworthy contribution during the past 12 months and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years? Nominate that special senior now!  The male and female Senior Citizen of the Year Award will be announced on Thursday 20 August 2020, with the Award recipients attending a small COVIDSafe Morning Tea with the Mayor on Friday 21 August 2020 to celebrate.

To submit a nomination form, please click here.

Hard copy nomination forms are also available at Gympie Regional Libraries and Council customer contact points.

Nominations Close 5pm Friday 14 August 2020.

The 2019 Senior Citizen of the Year Awards recipients were Barry Grainger and Lee Hodgson as pictured below. 


Seniors Week Events for 2020

Seniors Week will be celebrated across Queensland from Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 August 2020.

With COVID-19 requiring us all to stay safe this year, seniors and senior groups are being encouraged to transform their planned activities to small community gatherings in adherence to the public health directions and/or virtual events. Stay tuned for updates on activities being provided by Gympie Regional Libraries and the Gympie Region Gallery.

The Annual Seniors Morning Tea and Concert has been postponed to 2021.


Gympie Regional Gallery Du Reitz Art Awards Tour

Be personally guided through the Du Reitz Art Awards competition exhibition by Sandra Ross, the Gallery’s Education and Public Programs Officer on Wednesday 19 August, 10.30am.

This exciting annual exhibition highlights preselected artworks and winners for the awards.

Numbers are strictly limited due to COVID19 restrictions so please book through Eventfinda to secure your place or call the Gallery on 54810733.


COTA coordinates Queensland Seniors Week on behalf of the Queensland Government and receives funding to collaboratively plan, run and subsidise Seniors Week events and activities. Click  here for more information on how COTA can support your event and get ready to plan for 2020.


Further information

For more information about Seniors Week, visit

For general information about support and services for older Queenslanders, visit