Benalla Ensign

Seniors Festival reimagined

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Benalla Rural City is proudly home to a significan­t older population with 42 per cent of our residents aged 55 years or over and 17 per cent over the age of 70.

The wider region is highly regarded as a place where seniors can live active and fulfilling lives in a picturesqu­e setting offering four distinct seasons and endless opportunit­ies for involvemen­t.

Benalla Rural City Council acknowledg­es and thanks our senior residents for the value they bring to the fabric of the wider community.

On behalf of the council, Mayor Danny Claridge thanked all the passionate, tireless volunteers who are part of our senior community.

“Without whose individual and collective contributi­on, council could not deliver the quantity and quality of services we offer,” Cr Claridge said.

“I also acknowledg­e the invaluable connection so many groups and organisati­ons provide, such as U3A, Probus, Men’s Shed, Friends of the Benalla Library, Age Friendly Benalla, Rose City Ladies Group, the Swanpool

Group and Meals on Wheels, to name a few.

“Without them Benalla Rural City would not be the vibrant place it is today.”

While the past two years have been extremely challengin­g, the council remains hopeful that soon lockdowns and restrictio­ns will be a distant memory and together we can resume community activities, festivals and special events.

Planning is already under way for a bigger and brighter 2022 Seniors Festival for local residents. Community involvemen­t and ideas for the program are warmly welcomed.

 ?? ?? Benalla Senior Citizens enjoying a North East Artisans’ exhibition. The image was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Benalla Senior Citizens enjoying a North East Artisans’ exhibition. The image was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 ?? ?? Benalla Rural City Council Citizen of the Year 2021 June Howard.
Benalla Rural City Council Citizen of the Year 2021 June Howard.

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