Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

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

    A week of celebrations for Western Australia's seniors

    27/10/2007 10:00 AM
     
    27/10/07

    Western Australia is gearing up to celebrate older people and their importance in the community with BankWest Seniors Week starting tomorrow.

    Seniors Minister Sue Ellery said the week would include more than 100 activities to be held across the State for seniors and their families.

    “These activities will celebrate the valuable contributions older people make to WA and are designed to encourage more seniors to become active in their communities,” she said.

    “Seniors are more involved in their local communities than ever before, through voluntary work and social, recreational and educational activities. In many cases, they are choosing to remain in the workforce for longer periods of time.

    “I am delighted so many organisations and community groups are embracing BankWest Seniors Week and striving to make it a week to remember.”

    The Minister said activities throughout the week included:
    • Seniors in the City CAT Trails - seniors can explore the many exciting landmarks, eateries and picturesque sights of Perth and Fremantle with Transperth’s free CAT bus service. Many businesses and organisations along the routes will offer free tours and special discounts and activities;
    • BankWest Tea in the Tower - seniors can enjoy a cuppa, biscuit and the magnificent view from level 46 of the BankWest Tower daily from 10am to 3pm;
    • Have-a-Go Day - a Seniors Recreation Council ‘Be Active’ event where seniors can participate in a range of activities and receive information about services from more than 160 exhibitors. Have-a-Go Day will be held on Wednesday, October 31 from 9am to 3pm at Burswood Park;
    • Shire of Kalamunda BankWest Seniors Week Expo - features a fashion parade, art and craft, exhibitions and entertainment by local primary school children. The expo will be held on Thursday, November 1 from 10am to 3pm at Hartfield Park Recreation Centre, Forrestfield;
    • Seniors on the Move - a free event by the Shire of Mundaring featuring transport vehicles from the past, present and future at Brown Park in Swan View on Friday, November 2 between 10am and 2pm;
    • Rick Hart South West Seniors Expo - will be held in the South West Sports Centre at Hay Park, Bunbury on October 28 and 29. The event will feature more than 100 exhibitors;
    • HBF Peel Region Seniors Expo - is an exciting two-day expo that highlights the diversity of health, recreation and lifestyle choices available to seniors. The expo will be held on November 1 and 2 at the Atrium Hotel, Mandurah; and
    • holders of a WA Seniors SmartRider can travel free on all Transperth bus, train and ferry services in the metropolitan area and on bus services in Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Busselton, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Port Hedland during BankWest Seniors Week.
    The BankWest Seniors Week events guide is available in all BankWest outlets and at http://www.seniorscard.wa.gov.au

    BankWest Seniors Week is an initiative of the Department for Communities and is sponsored by BankWest, Have-a-Go News, The Senior, Skywest, 882 6PR, Channel 7, The Sunday Times and the Council on the Ageing Western Australia.

    Minister's office: 9213 7150