2018 Message from the Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors


The contributions older people make to communities throughout Queensland and Australia cannot be under estimated or undervalued.

This year’s Seniors Week, 18-26 August, will provide wide-ranging opportunities for all Queenslanders to celebrate the role older Queenslanders play in our communities and allow older Queenslanders to learn how they can get even more involved at a local level.

Seniors Week will present opportunities to explore the widest possible range of events, activities, programs and services that are of direct relevance to seniors.

As well as seniors interacting with each other, this important week allows seniors to connect with people of all ages.

Seniors are involved at every level of community life. Many are community leaders, many more still make valuable contribution to the workforce. And so many more contribute as volunteers, carers, grandparents and advocates.

Seniors Week provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the many contributions seniors make within our communities.

I’d like to thank COTA Queensland for their hard work in again making this week happen, in conjunction with the State Government.

COTA Queensland take on the enormous task of coordinating the week, planning, running and helping to distribute the subsidies to organisations across the State. Thank you for your organisation’s hard work and dedication to our seniors.

Seniors Week continues to go from strength to strength. It has become a major annual event widely enjoyed and supported by tens of thousands of people.

The Seniors Week program this year is particularly strong. I commend it to you and encourage everyone to make the most of it and to become as actively involved as you possibly can.

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