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Celebrating Our Seniors Throughout October

The contribution of Victoria’s one million seniors aged 60 years and older will be celebrated in October when the Victorian Seniors Festival kicks off its 34th year.

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley today released the 2016 Victorians Senior Festival, which promises to be a program better than ever.

Starting on Sunday 2 October, the Victorian Government initiative will see more than 1500 events and activities held across the state throughout October.

The Victorian Seniors Festival will provide a strong mix of social, cultural and educational events for older Victorians who represent almost 20 per cent of the state’s total population.

This year’s program features entertainment, adventure and fun activities including sport, the arts and concerts such as the Festival Big Band Dance. Food tours, information and skills sessions are also part of a jam-packed Festival program.

The Festival also provides opportunities for older people to come and try new or old activities such as bowls, tennis, technology, dance and more.

Events are free or low-cost and free public transport will be available for Seniors Card holders during the Festival’s first week from 2 – 9 October.

For more information on events and activities, visit www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au or pick up a free Victorian Seniors Festival program at any Coles store, local library, council office or  neighbourhood house. You can also call 1300 135 090 to have a program sent to you if you are unable to obtain one locally.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley

“The 2016 Festival will provide an opportunity for older Victorians to participate in an array of social, cultural and fun activities – celebrating the contribution they make to our communities.”

“We’re proud to support the Festival and initiatives like it, which help to ensure Victorians can age in a healthy and active way.”