2021 Seniors Festival Reimagined

A reminagining of the traditional Victorian Seniors Festival is offering up an exciting range of activities for older community members in October.

03 October 2021

In another year of events disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Victorian Seniors Festival has been ‘Reimagined’. 

Instead of the usual month-long calendar of activities, Alpine Shire Council will be running a weekly calendar update in the local paper and on Council’s Facebook page and website.

Alpine Shire Mayor John Forsyth said the Seniors Festival is an opportunity for older community members to experience something new or different, catch up with long-time friends or meet new ones.

“With restrictions being so uncertain, we want to make opportunities for people to get out and involved in their community in ways that they feel safe, and that meet any restrictions that may be in place at the time,” he said.

“Instead of our annual seniors lunch, we are really proud to be offering seniors picnics, where our older residents can book a picnic lunch online or at their local library, collect it from a local eatery and sit in the park with friends or take it home to enjoy.

“Other offerings on the calendar include free abseiling and guided bushwalks at Mount Buffalo with Adventure Guides Australia, games and author talks.”

Community groups and organisations are encouraged to contact Council to add their COVIDSafe senior friendly activity to the weekly calendar via email to communities@alpineshire.vic.gov.au or phone Customer Service on 5755 0555.

In addition to the calendar of activities for Alpine Shire seniors, Victorian Seniors Festival presents a diverse mix of radio plays and cultural experiences for online and radio audiences which can be found at www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/2021-victorian-seniors-festival-reimagined.

Cr Forsyth encouraged all seniors to make the most of the festival.

“This is all about embracing and enjoying life as an older person, continuing to grow and learn, engaging with your community and, most importantly, having fun,” he said.

“We have all had a difficult couple of years, but there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself, have a laugh and look to the future with positivity.” 

More information is available on Council’s website, Facebook page or at local libraries.

Keep an eye out for the weekly list of activities published in the Alpine Observer and Myrtleford Times.  

The Calendar can also be found at local libraries and Visitor Information Centres, as well as on Council’s online channels.

Some activities will need to be booked online.  Please visit or call your local library if you require assistance with this.

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