Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is encouraging community groups to celebrate seniors and make use of a $200,000 funding pool available to mark the 2020 NSW Seniors Festival.

Ms Cooke said the money is available for groups across the Cootamundra electorate to help them deliver events which celebrate what older members bring to our communities.

“The NSW Seniors Festival is growing from strength to strength and celebrates the vital contributions seniors make to the community,” Ms Cooke said.

“Last year we saw events in Junee, Temora, Barellan and Bland receive a share of this grant scheme, and I’d love to see even more events for 2020.

“A picnic and an Indigenous walking tour in West Wyalong, a free morning tea in Barellan and an Active Ageing Expo in Temora were all organised with funding from last year’s round.

“Festival events are designed to get our seniors involved in art courses, active sports, playing music, tapping into technology, and travel.

“We are always looking to support events that offer unique and engaging activities. We love bringing younger and older generations together with these innovative projects that promote healthy ageing.”

Minister for Seniors John Sidoti said the NSW Seniors Festival is the largest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere and has been running for more than 61 years.

“The grants program ensures seniors from areas right across the state have the opportunity to participate in the festival,” Mr Sidoti said.

“Providing funding to a range of organisations means we can reach a broad range of individuals, including those from regional and remote areas, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal communities.”

The 2020 NSW Seniors Festival will take place from Wednesday, February 12 to Sunday, February 23, 2020.

Applications can be submitted until midnight on Friday, August 9, 2019 at www.seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au/events/nsw-seniors-festival-grants