For the past 60 years, we have been celebrating Queensland seniors and their valuable contributions to our communities. Without them, our state would not be what it is today.

As this year’s theme says, we will be Celebrating Queensland Seniors in a week-long celebration that will take place from 15-23 August.

We will also be making some changes to ensure people can participate and engage in the safest way possible while acknowledging social distancing requirements. The health and safety of seniors and all Queenslanders remains our utmost priority.

With this in mind, Queensland Seniors Week 2020 will include a mixture of online and offline activities. In acknowledgement of this, we will be deferring our usual Seniors Week grants until 2021, when the community can take full advantage of coming together again in person.

I would like to thank the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland for working with the Queensland Government throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to support seniors and get things on track for Seniors Week in August.

The Queensland Government is committed to the creation of an age-friendly Queensland, where everyone, regardless of their age, is able to participate in their local thriving communities, be resilient and enjoy social and economic well-being.

I hope that this online format will encourage participation from seniors right across Queensland, including those in remote or regional areas who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to travel and experience this kind of community celebration.

I look forward to the day when the community can come together in person once more and show Queensland seniors just how far our love and appreciation for them extends.

I encourage all Queenslanders, regardless of their age, to take part in this year’s Queensland Seniors Week and enjoy the wonderful program of events and activities on offer.

Coralee O’Rourke

Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors