Innisfail seniors are being encouraged to step out and celebrate who they are and what they’ve achieved as part of Seniors Week 2009 (15 to 23 August).

Member for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt said the Bligh Government had set aside more than $2200 to help Cassowary Coast Regional Council stage ‘Memories Rebuilt’.

“This event will provide a day of entertainment at the newly renovated Innisfail Shire Hall, including morning tea, musical performances and a historical presentation highlighting achievements in the community,” he said.

“We hope that by being a part of these events – either in the planning or through their attendance – seniors will become better connected to their local community and form links with other people in their age group.”

Mr Pitt said the event was among 58 events happening around the state to celebrate Seniors Week.

Minister for Community Services Karen Struthers said older people have a lot to offer.

“That’s why we’re encouraging more seniors to join Queensland’s growing army of volunteers. We want seniors to get behind our volunteering efforts and in these tough economic times, their work is more important than ever,” Ms Struthers said.

“Whether it’s helping out at the local hospital, working as a volunteer fire-fighter, or simply reach out to someone in their time of need – volunteers can make a real difference to people’s lives.”

For details on Seniors Week events in your area, visit the online calendar at or call Seniors Enquiry Line on 1300 135 500.