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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 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

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

Please direct any enquiries regarding Tweed Seniors Festival to Community Services on (07) 5569 3110. Visit our Tweed Seniors Festival page to find out more about holding an event and how to organise.

Tweed Seniors Festival Working Group

The Tweed Seniors Festival Working Group works with Council staff to help plan activities that celebrate the contributions of older people in Tweed Shire. Seniors Festival activities raise awareness of positive ageing activities across the Tweed.

The working group will be appointed annually and members will be inducted as volunteers on a Council project. This covers members for insurance purposes.

The Working Group's role is to:

  • plan and run an opening event for the Tweed Seniors Festival and any other event the group decides to organise
  • ensure the Tweed Seniors Festival meets the needs and expectations of local seniors
  • distribute and promote the Tweed Seniors Festival Program. Council will put together a Tweed Seniors Festival Program which promotes activities run by many groups and organisations across Tweed Shire
  • decide the recipients of Seniors Achievement Awards.

Nominations for the working group are open until 13 November 2018. Apply using the Tweed Seniors Festival Working Group Member Application Form (147kB PDF).

Committees, Interagency, Networks and Working Groups

The Community Development Officer - Ageing and Disability is 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 (external link).

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.

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