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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Seniors Festival returns to the Surf Coast Shire

The Victorian Seniors Festival is turning 40 and returning in October to the Surf Coast Shire with a month-long program to celebrate people over 55.

Known as Positive Ageing Month in the Surf Coast Shire, the theme of the state-wide festival this year is Takin’ It Easy and there will be free and low-cost events and activities to enjoy across the shire from 3 to 31 October.

From music concerts, to theatre productions and clifftop walks, tech support cafes, historical talks, celebratory morning teas, and a host of indoor and outdoor recreation activities, there will be plenty of reasons to be takin’ it easy this month.

Surf Coast Shire Councillor Gary Allen said the event was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate older people living and visiting the region, while also keeping the Council’s commitment to ensure residents can age well in the place where they live.

“Every year, the month of October is a chance to really show our appreciation for our older community members and let them know how much they matter,” Cr Allen said.

“They contribute so much to our society every day with their life experience, skills and knowledge.

“This festival is one of the ways we can highlight how much we value older members of our community and demonstrate our commitment to positive ageing across the shire.”

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Senior Victorians will also be running a series of events across the state and providing Victorian Seniors Card holders eight days of free travel on public transport. Travel includes V/Line between 2 and 9 October, to encourage people to attend regional events and events in Melbourne.

For more information and to book an event locally, pick up a copy of the Seniors Festival calendar available from the customer service desk at the Surf Coast Shire Council office in Torquay. Calendars will also be available at visitor information centres, community centres and neighbourhood houses across the shire.

You can download a copy of the calendar at surfcoast.vic.gov.au/seniorsfestival. For more information on free travel visit: seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/victorian-seniors-festival.

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