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Media Release: Seniors Festival offers something for everyone

By September 9, 2009September 13th, 20093 Comments

October is a great time to be an older person in Maroondah! It’s the time when you can enjoy the fabulous range of activities held during the annual Seniors Festival celebrations.

The Victorian Seniors Festival, now in its 27th year, is held throughout the state between 4 and 12 October. Once again, Maroondah has a line-up of wonderful activities planned for residents.

Councillor Alex Makin is encouraging older people in Maroondah to get out and have a go at some of the events organised by Council as well as a number of other community organisations.

“The Victorian Seniors Festival in Maroondah is a chance to celebrate the achievements and contributions of older people within our community by offering a diverse, exciting and enjoyable program of events,” Cr Makin said.

“All you need is your Victorian Seniors Card, the program of events, and a willingness to get involved,” Cr Makin said.

“Two day-trips have been planned by Council, which will give people a chance to explore Hanging Rock (Tuesday 6 October) and Daylesford (Thursday 8 October),” Cr Makin said.

Also featuring during the Maroondah Seniors Festival is a series of free classes and activities at Croydon Leisure and Aquatic Centre. Older residents can also swim free at CLAC throughout the week upon presentation of a Seniors Card.

To find out more about the activities on offer or to book your place, phone Anne-Marie on 9294 5508.

The Maroondah Seniors Festival program includes a range of workshops, exercise and recreation sessions, morning and afternoon teas and day trips organised by many community groups and neighbourhood houses in Maroondah.


A detailed program of all events in Maroondah is available from Council’s Service Centres, the Ringwood and Croydon libraries, or by phoning 1300 88 22 33.

Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email: alex@alexmakin.com.au

3 Comments

  • Peter Feeney says:

    Alex,
    You may not be aware that at the moment the segment of Australian Society with proportionally the highest rate of new take-up of internet connections is Seniors and that this is being accelerated by both the Federal and Victorian government funding programs to help provide Seniors with computer skills. This makes it very disappointing that while this press release was published here and on the council’s own web site that no-one thought to make the Maroondah Seniors Week program available as a PDF file downloadable online.
    Regards
    Peter Feeney
    South Eastern Victorian Zone Chair
    National Seniors Australia

  • Alex Makin says:

    Peter,

    Thank you for your comments, I do agree that a PDF version of the program should be made available. Council events should be distributed through a variety of mechanisms and obviously their availability electronically is one of those methods.

    I will pursue this through council so that a PDF version will be available for distribution.

    Thank you for raising this very valid point, I’ll let you know when I hear further.

    Thanks,

    Alex

  • Alex Makin says:

    Peter,

    The Seniors Festival is now available as a PDF document from the Maroondah City Council website. Please visit http://www.maroondah.vic.gov.au so you can download the latest version of the program.

    Thanks,

    Alex

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