Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

Minister for Child Protection; Communities; Women's Interests; Seniors and Volunteering

    Funding to help seniors stay active and involved

    29/08/2007 11:37 AM

    Healthy ageing in Western Australia has received another boost with funding of $45,000 to the Seniors Recreation Council.

    Communities and Seniors Minister Sue Ellery presented the grant funds to the not-for-profit council whose primary goal is ‘Healthy Ageing Through Activity’.

    Ms Ellery said the grant would be used to help increase seniors’ participation in sport and recreation, in accordance with the findings of the State Government’s 2006 Active Ageing Benchmark Indicators.

    “Being physically and socially active is essential to the wellbeing of older people and this grant will supplement the excellent work already being undertaken by the Seniors Recreation Council,” she said.

    “There is also a need to better communicate to seniors, the sport and recreation opportunities that are available across WA.

    “Our research has shown that there is a need for increased participation in sport and recreation, by female seniors in particular, and also for greater opportunities for older indigenous Western Australians.”

    The funding, provided by the Department for Communities, is in addition to the $8,000 already allocated to the Seniors Recreation Council to organise the 2007 Have-a-Go Day and to produce a directory listing all sporting and recreation clubs and organisations for older people in WA.

    Have-a-Go Day will be held at Burswood Park on Wednesday, October 31, 2007.

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