A week of senior celebration kicked off in Cobram last week with the Seniors Gala Day at the Cobram Civic Centre.
The event marked the beginning of the 2017 Victorian Seniors Festival that saw a week of activities for seniors run across Moira Shire.
The Seniors Festival celebrates more than one million Victorians over 60 who make a valuable contribution to the local community.
Regardless of background experience or mobility, everyone was encouraged to take part to learn new skills and make new friends in the community.
A range of activities were on offer including golf, croquet and a community lunch.
Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said the festival acknowledged the high rate of volunteering among seniors.
‘‘More than 40 per cent of our population between 65 and 74 years of age have volunteered in the community in some way,’’ Cr Cleveland said.
‘‘There are five senior citizens clubs across Moira and each one offers a range of activities including carpet bowls, billiards, bingo, cards and a variety of day trips.
‘‘I encourage all who aren’t yet members to join and get involved.
‘‘I was thrilled to be a part of the festival and to help celebrate the huge contribution Moira’s older residents make to our community.’’
Cr Cleveland said the festival was a roaring success, with high participation across several events.
‘‘It’s a great opportunity to recognise that we have seniors in our community and reward them,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a great chance for our older residents to get out and network.
‘‘The event was extremely well organised by the community team at Moira Shire.
‘‘I’m very happy with how it went. It was a good chance for seniors to have some fun and laughter.’’