Honouring Our Remarkable Local Seniors
Nominations are now officially open for the 2023 Senior Citizen of the Year Awards. These awards honour and celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions of senior members of our community who have made a positive impact through their dedication, service, and leadership.
Gympie Regional Council Mayor, Glen Hartwig, warmly encourages community members to acknowledge the invaluable contributions made by their senior neighbours and consider nominating them an award.
“Every single day our senior community members generously dedicate their time and talents, selflessly giving back to the community in many ways. Their dedication and commitment are truly admirable, and their invaluable contributions often go unnoticed,” Mayor Hartwig said.
“These awards are a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on key individuals and the positive contributions they make in our community. If you are aware of someone whose efforts deserve recognition, we kindly encourage you to consider nominating them.”
The Senior Citizen of the Year Awards coincide with Seniors Month in October and form part of a month-long celebration of seniors in the local community, and across Queensland.
Nominations for the Senior Citizen of the Year Awards are open to individuals aged 60 or above who have made notable contributions to the local community within the last 12 months.
For further details and to access nomination forms, please visit: www.gympie.qld.gov.au/seniors
Nominations close Sunday, 22 October 2023.
Winners will be announced at Picnic in the Park held on Grandparents Day, Sunday 29 October 2023 in Memorial Park, Gympie from 10am – 12pm. Bring a picnic and come along and celebrate Seniors Month.
For more information on the range of events being held for Seniors Month across the region please visit www.gympie.qld.gov.au/seniors
Seniors Get a Healthy Dose of ‘Old’s Cool’
The Old’s Cool – Health Matters project will be bringing a series of free pop-up health clinics and community education workshops to Gympie, Tin Can Bay, Imbil, and Kilkivan in October, for Senior’s Month.
The workshops and clinics bring together academic expertise and student engagement from the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Healthy Ageing Hub (based at its Gympie campus), connections through Gympie Community Place, and insights from healthcare professionals from One Bridge. Funding for this project has been provided by Gympie Regional Council.
Each pop-up clinic will provide free health assessments by a registered nurse from One Bridge and health information from UniSC students. Local service providers will also be in attendance to assist in understanding health options, such as how to navigate mainstream health services and My Aged Care.
The Kilkivan and Imbil events will also provide community education workshops. Topics may include how to maintain good brain health, dealing with grief, and/or how to stay independent and live at home for longer.
Event dates and locations:
Gympie: Wednesday 11 October, 10.30am-3.30pm. Gympie Community Place, 18 Excelsior Road.
Kilkivan: Wednesday 18 October, 11am-3pm. Kilkivan Public Hall, 31 Bligh Street.
Imbil: Wednesday 25 October, 10.30am-3.30pm. Imbil Hall, 14 Edward Street.
Tin Can Bay: Thursday 26 October, 11am-3pm. RSL Hall, 45 Gympie Road.
These events are focused on older residents. However, we welcome anyone that would like to attend.
Following on from Senior’s month, community education workshops will be held in Gympie and Tin Can Bay in November. Further details on these workshops will be provided in the coming weeks.