Wyndham senior citizens are in for a treat with an event-packed itinerary for the 37th Victorian Seniors Festival
Wyndham City Family Friendly portfolio holder and Mayor, Cr Mia Shaw, said for the entire month of October, seniors would have many opportunities to socialise and meet new friends at concerts, morning and afternoon teas as well as educational activities and exercise sessions.
“Older adults are our fastest growing demographic in Wyndham, with the population expected to grow from just over 32,000 in 2019 to almost 84,000 in 2041—an increase of around 160 per cent,” Cr Shaw said.
Werribee Community Signers will kick off the fun at Central Park Community Centre in Hoppers Crossing with a pre-festival event. The Centre will host an afternoon filled with songs and laughter at Afternoon Melodies, followed by afternoon tea, all for just a gold coin donation on Saturday 21 September from 2pm to 4pm.
There is a full calendar of events, activities and programs—one of the highlights is a lunch dance where Bobby James will sing classic hits by Elvis, Tom Jones and Neil Diamond.
A morning of trivia and Devonshire Tea will be hosted at The Garden Feast (previously Grevillia Nursery) as well as a guided walk along the Werribee South Waterfront.
“The Wyndham Seniors Festival is also an opportune time to remind our seniors of the breadth of activities we have on offer all year round at our libraries and community centres. Our Libraries have a Home Library Service as well as a Book Club Service, while our community centres have yoga sessions and walking groups which are a great way to keep active and meet others,” Cr Shaw said. “As well as the plethora of events, seniors can take advantage of free travel across the state, thanks to an initiative by the Victorian Government encouraging senior residents to get around and enjoy themselves.”
From 6 to 13 October, senior residents can touch on and off Melbourne trains, buses and trams with their Seniors’ Myki card and a Victorian Seniors’ Card, and no fees will be deducted.
“If you take a regional train or bus, you just show your seniors card to the conductor and enjoy the free ride,” Cr Shaw said.
For more information about individual events go to Wyndham City’s website. An entire list of the events is available www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/seniorsfestival and free hard copies of the programs will be available to pick up at Wyndham City Civic Centre, Wyndham Libraries, Wyndham Community Centres or by contacting Amanda Burns on 9742 0777.
Tickets for Wyndham City events can be purchased online from Tuesday 10 September, through the Wyndham Cultural Centre Box Office Website www.wyncc.com.au, in person or over the phone by calling 8734 6000