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Do your bit for seniors festival

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July 19, 2017

Mitchell Shire community development officer Katie Camilleri can provide information about organising activities during October's Victorian Seniors Festival.

LOCAL clubs, community groups, service providers and businesses are encouraged to hold an event or activity for older residents during the 2017 Victorian Seniors Festival.

The festival in October aims to promote inclusive communities and provide opportunities for seniors to try new things and remain active and engaged in their community.

Thousands of low cost or free events will take place across the state throughout the month, including in Mitchell.

Council will publish a festival program to highlight all the events and activities taking place across the shire.

To advertise an event or activity in Council’s festival program, please fill out the Expressions of Interest form at www.engagingmitchellshire.com by July 21.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said there were so many ways local organisations or groups could get involved.

‘‘Why not hold an open day or a ‘come and try’ day so that people can find out more about your club or group?’’ Cr Sanderson said.

‘‘You might even like to try a tour or sightseeing excursion — Council’s free community bus is always available for bookings from Customer and Library Service Centres.

‘‘There are so many possibilities and by advertising your event in the festival program it’s the perfect opportunity to promote what you do to the wider community.’’

Cr Sanderson said the senior community contribute so much to the local area and Council is always looking at ways to help make them feel more included.

‘‘Earlier this year we launched our Positive Ageing Ambassador program and as part of that we are currently consulting with our community through the Age Friendly Communities Project to get their opinions on how we can be more age friendly,’’ she said.

‘‘I encourage those who have not already done so to take the survey on the Engaging Mitchell website, or to drop in to one of our Customer and Library Services Centres to collect a hard copy.’’

For more information, phone community development officer Katie Camilleri on 5734 6200.

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