Celebrating seniors

THE official opening of Seniors Week and the annual Afternoon Tea Dance was held at the Wollongong Town Hall yesterday.

Wollongong City Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Seniors Week is an event that focuses on celebrating the valuable contributions people 55 years and older make to society.

“I really like the message of Seniors Week. This year’s theme is ‘Live Life: Inspiring not Retiring’ and this says to me that, just because you’re retired, you don’t need to stop being active. This is when you’ve got the time to get out, spend the kids’ inheritance and live life to the fullest,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

Wollongong’s Seniors Week events and program is one of the biggest in the state, with several events to be held in the northern Illawarra.

A variety concert will be held at Woonona Bulli RSL tomorrow (Wednesday). The free concert, Laugh and Sing out Loud will be hosted by Mo award entertainer Ricky Organ with a three piece band and two professional acts between 11am and 2pm.

A free motorised scooter workshop will be held at Corrimal Community Centre on Thursday from 9.30am. Presentation by Council’s Road Safety Officer and police, the workshop will show the safe use of motorised scooters.  Refreshments will be provided. Phone Darinka  Radinovic  on 4227 7239 for bookings.

Last year, more than 7,000 people participated in various Seniors Week events, and this year the numbers are tipped to be even higher.

“Seniors are valued contributors to our community and it’s essential people keep active once they’re over 55 years,’’ Cr Bradbery said.
“And the best way to do that is by signing up and trying out new activities, and forming new friendship networks. After all, being Lord Mayor is a new career and direction for me and I’m 60 years old – hopefully inspiring, not retiring.’’

Seniors Week runs between March 18 – 24.

Contact Council on 4227 7111 for details.

For a full program visit Council’s website.


About Mick Roberts

A Sydney newspaper journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now a senior journalist with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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