Queensland Seniors Month
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. There is so much to value and celebrate that the Queensland government has introduced Seniors Month to be held in October 2021.
Seniors Month 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
Each year Gympie Regional Council has the honour of awarding a male and female 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. The 2020 Senior Citizen of the Year Award recipients attended a COVIDSafe Morning Tea with Mayor Glen Hartwig, Deputy Mayor Hilary Smerdon, friends and family at Gunabul House on Friday 21 August 2020.
Nominations for 2021 will open in July 2021.
The 2020 Senior Citizen of the Year Awards recipients were Bevan Day and Kim Boyter as pictured below.
Queensland Seniors Month: 1 - 31 October 2021
Beginning on the United Nations International Day of Older Persons the month will end on National Grandparents Day.
This year Seniors Month is celebrating Social Connections, connecting people of all ages, cultures, and abilities through inclusive events and activities, celebrating the important and essential roles older people play in our communities.
Funded by the Queensland Government eligible applicants can apply for up to $1,000 to assist in hosting inclusive events and activities.
Apply online from 7 April – 31 May 2021 at qldseniorsmonth.smartygrants.com.au.
Gympie Region Events 2021
Are you keen to host an activity or event? Get in contact with Council’s Community Partnerships team and let’s see what we can dream up together! Phone 1300 307 800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For general information about support and services for older Queenslanders, visit qld.gov.au/seniors