Southern Telegraph - - News - Ai­den Boy­ham

Hun­dreds of se­niors gath­ered at Mike Bar­nett Sports Com­plex last Friday as the City of Rock­ing­ham hosted the eighth an­nual Se­niors and Car­ers Expo.

The event, which was of­fi­cially opened by Premier Mark McGowan, fea­tured more than 140 stalls as vis­i­tors were able to gather in­for­ma­tion on a num­ber of com­mu­nity ser­vices, pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able to them.

Dur­ing the open­ing, Mr McGowan spoke fondly of the con­tri­bu­tion his own par­ents had made to his life and the com­mu­nity and also en­cour­aged lo­cal se­niors to en­joy life in their later years as much as pos­si­ble.

Mean­while, Mayor Barry Sam­mels said about 16 per cent of the City’s pop­u­la­tion were se­niors, with the fig­ure ex­pected to grow to 21 per cent over the next 20 years.

“Se­niors are a large and in­te­gral part of our com­mu­nity, and the con­tri­bu­tions they make are highly val­ued,” Mr Sam­mels said.

“The In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Per­sons is a great op­por­tu­nity for the wider com­mu­nity to re­flect on these con­tri­bu­tions and to cel­e­brate older peo­ple.

“The Se­niors and Car­ers Expo has grown each year to be­come one of the largest events of its kind in Western Aus­tralia.”

The In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Per­sons is cel­e­brated each year in Oc­to­ber. The City’s Se­niors and Car­ers Expo was held in part­ner­ship with Care Op­tions, Com­mu­nity First and Vol­un­teer Task­force.

Pic­tures: Ai­den Boy­ham

Dee Smith, Anne Grosser, Dorothy Sin­gle­ton, Alice Don­ald­son and Gra­ham Don­ald­son, of Rock­ing­ham and Districts Gar­den­ing Club.

Premier Mark McGowan of­fi­cially opened the 2017 Se­niors and Car­ers Expo at Mike Bar­nett Sports Com­plex last Friday.

Ginette Pier­son and Gerry Ligter­moet, of Rock­ing­ham and Bal­divis Pole Walk­ing Group for Se­niors.

Di Brooks, Nicky O’Con­nell and Raewyn Lewer, of Rock­ing­ham Bridge Club.

Pauline Ver­non and Eleanor O’Raf­ferty, of Rock­ing­ham Legacy.

Thomas Soder­holm, Libby Soder­holm and Bre­anne Roy, of Grange Phys­io­ther­apy and Bet­ter Health.

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