Member for Murray Austin Evans is urging all senior residents to mark their diaries as the NSW Seniors Festival draws near.

A number of local events will be on offer to Murray seniors during the festival, which runs from 13 February to 24 February.

“I encourage all seniors to discover what the Festival has to offer in Murray. There are wonderful local events being held with something for everyone to try,” Mr Evans said.

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said the NSW Government had provided funding of $200,000 to more than 100 organisations to help seniors celebrate the Festival across the state.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is proud to fund this year’s Festival, which will feature a range of activities and discounted offers for seniors from gardening and arts and crafts classes to free hearing tests,” Mrs Davies said.

“The theme for this year’s Festival is “Love Your Life” and I encourage seniors to get involved and enjoy the opportunities on offer. It is a time to celebrate, make new friends and share new experiences.”

The NSW Seniors Festival is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere with more than 500,000 people set to take part, with events held throughout the Murray electorate.

“NSW Seniors Festival brings people together, encourages seniors to try something new and fosters a great community spirit,” Mr Evans said.

“While there is a great range of events right across the electorate, some organisations have utilised NSW Government funding to offer an enjoyable experience to the community.

“Griffith City Library received a $980 grant to host a day-long event on Thursday 14 February, which includes readings from classic novel “Goodnight Mr Tom”, morning tea, a movie screening, lunch and other activities.

“Edward River Council, in conjunction with Deniliquin University of the Third Age (U3A) received $1,500 to bring the NSW Seniors Festival to Deniliquin with a screening of the movie “Ladies in Black” on 14 February and a garden tour on 22 February,” Mr Evans said.

In addition to the local events in Murray the Premier’s Gala Concerts will be held on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 February at the International Convention Centre Sydney alongside the Seniors Festival Expo. The Expo is free and open to the public and will include more than 50 interactive exhibitors.

NSW Seniors Festival will run from 13-24 February 2019. For more information about events and activities happening across NSW during the Festival, please visit www.seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au.