The 10th Annual Tweed Seniors Expo postponed in May due to a severe weather event has been rescheduled and will be held from 9am–3pm on Thursday 10 September at the Seventh Day Adventist Centre, Racecourse Road, Murwillumbah.

Council’s Healthy Ageing Project Officer and Co-ordinator of the Seniors Expo Kristen Forster said organisers had been overwhelmed by the support of the community and service providers in assisting to reschedule the event.

“A few minor changes have been made and a busy and exciting day of stalls, information sessions and workshops at Expo is assured,” Ms Forster said.

“It is anticipated that Expo will attract more than the 2000 seniors who attended in 2008.”

This year’s Expo will showcase a remarkable performer, 10-year-old cellist, Stephen Aveling-Rowe, a recorded artist whose earning go towards charity work in India.

One of the only setbacks to rescheduling the event is that Australia’s Ambassador for Ageing, Noelene Brown, is unable to attend in September due to acting commitments.

U3A recorder group La Fontanella is also unable to perform due to the availability of some of the groups members.

However, two local schools have filled the entertainment void and are looking forward to performing at Expo. The Bel Canto Choir, talented students from the Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, will perform under the expert guidance of the school’s Director of Performing Arts, Ms Tracey Kriz.

Forty students from Murwillumbah Public School will also be presenting a variety of musical and choral entertainment.

Chair of Tweed Senior Citizens Week Committee Pauline Dow said both schools had consistently provided outstanding seniors events in the Tweed.

“The students’ enthusiasm and talent will be an exciting component of Expo,” Mrs Dow said.

There will be a huge variety of information at the Expo, from pest control to motor homing, swimming pools to sleep disorders, walking groups, mobility equipment, government and community services.

New stalls this year include Craniosacral Therapy, radio controlled yachts, Sailability and Tweed Valley Miniature Railways.
“You can also come and talk to the Federal Minister for Ageing, The Honourable Justine Elliot MP, who will have a stall at the Expo,” Ms Forster said.
The 34 information sessions/workshops on the day include Understanding Power of Attorney, find out how you can improve your eyesight naturally or how to write and publish your own book. Try Nia, laughter yoga, yoga meditation or learn how to deal with difficult dogs.
Local youth will again be volunteering to assist seniors to work their mobile phones.

John Davies from Bunnings will again be running a variety of do-it-yourself information sessions with giveaways galore.

The Tweed Valley Toastmasters invite people to watch or participate in their fun table-top challenge.

Free hearing tests, falls prevention screening and reflexology are also available.

Food will be on sale at the event.

There is plenty of free parking at Expo and drivers will be directed where to park by the volunteer parking attendants.

Bookings are required for the free buses to and from Tweed, West Tweed/Bilambil/Terranora and the Tweed Coast. Limited spaces are available. To book your seat contact Pam Veness on (02) 6670 2674.

The cost of Expo entry is $2. For further information contact Kristen Forster, Healthy Ageing Project Officer, Tweed Shire Council on (02) 6670 2527.