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Did you know that Tweed Shire has twice the NSW state average of residents over the age of 65? And this number is expected to increase in the coming years! Tweed Shire Council values the contribution that seniors make in the community while recognising the needs of older people in order to promote and support healthy ageing. Council's Community Development Team includes a Community Development Officer - Ageing and Disability and Project Officer - Healthy Ageing to advocate for and support the older members of the community.

To contact a member of the Community Development Team, please call 1300 292 872 or email tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au.

Events and Activities

NSW Seniors Festival

NSW Seniors Festival is an annual NSW Government event auspiced by Family and Community Services (FACS) and is the largest celebration for people over 60 in the southern hemisphere. It is also for people aged 50 and older who have a lifelong disability or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. NSW Seniors Festival encourages seniors to actively participate in the community and provides them with opportunities to:

  • remain active, healthy and independent throughout the ageing process
  • learn, develop and educate themselves at any age
  • develop and expand their social networks
  • share their wealth of wisdom and breadth of life-experience with younger generations

Each year the Tweed Shire Seniors Committee hold a range of celebrations, activities and outings designed to bring seniors together, link them with services and support, and to promote positive health and well being.

To review the Tweed Shire Seniors Festival Program please click here Seniors Festival Program 2017 (546kB PDF).

Tweed Shire Seniors Committee

Tweed Shire Seniors Committee is proudly supported by Council. Primarily, they plan and implement NSW Seniors Festival, but also aim to improve the quality of physical, social and emotional experiences, and the lifestyle of older people by encouraging participation of people over 55 in community life.

Committees, Interagency, Networks and Working Groups

The Community Development Officer - Ageing and Disability and Project Officer - Healthy Ageing are involved in the following group to advocate for and support, initiatives of older people across the Shire.

The Tweed Community Care Forum meets to discuss and address aged care issues in the Tweed. This forum improves communication between service providers and develops greater understanding of the service needs within the region.

Policy and Strategic Documents

An Age Friendly Community Policy was endorsed by Council on 21 May 2015 and can be reviewed at Council Policies. An Age Friendly Strategy and Action Plan are being prepared to support this policy.

Issues Paper and Profile of Older People, Tweed Shire

This Issues Paper and Profile of Older People, 2014 (5.35mB PDF) is an overview of the ageing population in Tweed Shire. The Paper highlights the main issues relevant to older people and follows the framework headings of the World Health Organisation Global Age Friendly Cities Guide. The Paper includes the research base informing the development of an Age Friendly Strategy and Action Plan that will be released for comment in 2015.

Last Updated: 13 February 2017