2019 Message from the Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors

Minister O’Rourke’s Message for Seniors Week Web Site

Queensland seniors make an enormous contribution to their communities.

They have helped shape the Queensland we all know and love today and continue to make it the best place to live.

This year’s Queensland Seniors Week, which will be held from 17-25 August, is an opportunity for Queenslanders of all ages to celebrate and acknowledge the valuable contributions made by older people in their communities.

Hundreds of events and activities will be held around the state during Seniors Week to help connect Queenslanders of all ages with older members of their community.

The week also provides older Queenslanders with opportunities to learn and share in new experiences.

These events help combat the social isolation that is all too real for many older Queenslanders, by encouraging them to connect with programs and services that can support their needs.

Last year, there were more than 870 events and activities held during Queensland Seniors Week.

More than 100 of these events and activities benefitted with funding from the Queensland Government’s Seniors Week grants.

This included the overwhelmingly popular Seniors Ballet Class with world renowned ballet dancer Li Cunxin which attracted more than 200 seniors and their grandchildren with incredibly positive feedback from those who attended.

The Queensland Government values older Queenslanders.

That is why I am pleased to announce that this year we will again provide $100,000 to community organisations and local councils to run events and activities during Seniors Week.

We have put a lot of hard work into programs and activities to recognise the contributions of older Queenslanders, to protect them and their finances and to challenge some of the stigma around ageing.

Last year, we launched the very first B.OLD Short Film Competition, which provided grants of $10,000 to eight film makers to produce short films that challenge the stereotypes around age.

Several of these films have debuted at film festivals around the state to rave reviews and we look forward to screening them at a premiere event in Brisbane during Queensland Seniors Week.

We’re also continuing to progress development of an age-friendly Queensland, where Queenslanders, regardless of their age, are able to participate in their thriving communities, be resilient and enjoy social and economic wellbeing.

Our Advancing Queensland: age-friendly community grants program provides $1 million in grants each year for community organisations and local councils to deliver projects that will enhance the lives of older Queenslanders.

The Queensland Government’s seniors cards and concessions programs are also continuing to support older Queenslanders, helping them with the cost of living and providing generous discounts on a range of good and services across the state.

Importantly, we’re also working hard to protect older Queenslanders from elder abuse through the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit and our Seniors Legal and Support Services in 10 towns and cities across the state.

Finally, I would like to thank COTA Queensland for their ongoing partnership with us in delivering this fantastic week for Queensland seniors. I look forward to celebrating the achievements and contributions of older Queenslanders with you all again this year.

I encourage all Queenslanders, regardless of their age, to take part in this year’s Seniors Week and enjoy the wonderful program of events and activities that make up this important celebration.

Coralee O’Rourke
Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors