Victorian seniors will be able to enjoy more than 1,000 events during the 2011 Victorian Seniors Festival throughout October, including special events such as free lawn bowls for rural towns affected by floods.
Minister for Ageing David Davis officially launched the festival program and a practical new website for Victorian seniors.
“The festival, now in its 29th year, celebrates and acknowledges older Victorians with an exciting program of entertainment and activities,” Mr Davis said.
“With $204,000 funding from the Victorian Coalition Government, each of Victoria’s 79 councils will receive a grant to run local festival events... Free metropolitan and regional public transport will be offered for all Victorian Seniors Card holders from 2 - 9 October to attend festival events and visit friends and family.”
Flood-affected areas will be getting an extra boost to celebrate their seniors; Mr. Davis says, “The Victorian Government is pleased to this year be delivering an extra $81,000 for additional festival events in flood affected areas... As part of this year’s festival, each of the 26 Victorian councils affected by floods will hold a special festival event and provide free transport for local seniors to attend."
The 2011 Victorian Seniors Festival Program is available at all Coles stores, libraries, council offices, neighbourhood houses and various community and seniors’ organisations.
The program can be downloaded from www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au or call Seniors Information Victoria on 1300 135 090.