Steph Cooke looks to the right and laughs. In the foreground is a grey-haired man with a cap on who faces away from the camera.

The Member for Cootamundra is calling on locals to nominate seniors who are helping their communities thrive for the NSW Seniors Festival Local Achievement Awards.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the awards program celebrates the work and achievements of seniors who make us proud every day.

“Seniors go above and beyond for our community as volunteers, carers and role models in a challenging year where our State has faced bushfire, flood, drought and a health pandemic,” Ms Cooke said.

“If you know a senior who helps make our community a better place to live, then I encourage you to nominate them.”

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday, 26th March 2021 as part of an exciting schedule of events across the state for the 2021 NSW Seniors Festival.

It’s the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere and enables older people to engage with each other, their community, ageing services and relevant businesses.

Acting Minister for Seniors, Geoff Lee said the festival and the awards, highlight the important role seniors play in the community.

“This annual festival is about celebrating the positive impact of older people in our families and society,” Mr Lee said.

“These initiatives are a great opportunity for communities to celebrate their seniors and all the fantastic work they do for the communities of the Cootamundra electorate.”

It’s one of many ways the NSW Government continues to support the state’s ageing population and support seniors in living happy, healthy and active lives.

Winners of the Local Achievement Awards will be announced during the NSW Seniors Festival which runs from 13 – 24 April 2021.

To nominate a senior or find further information on the program, contact: 6382 2399 or Cootamundra@parliament.nsw.gov.au