Call for nominations - celebrate a senior

Seniors Festival 2018

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith is calling on locals to nominate seniors who make a positive impact in the Ballina electorate for a 2018 NSW Seniors Festival Local Achievement Award.

“The awards are a wonderful way to showcase the talents and contributions of seniors living in Wooyung and Wardell and everywhere in between as part of the special 60th Anniversary celebrations of the popular NSW Seniors Festival,” said Ms Smith.

“Our seniors make a real difference to local families, recreational groups, businesses and organisations, and we want to celebrate them.

“I am sure everyone knows an older person who deserves to be recognised, so I encourage you to nominate them and show them how much they are appreciated for all they do.”

“The NSW Seniors Festival Local Achievement Awards are a special way in which every community can thank local seniors for their hard work, skills and generosity,” said Ms Smith

Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies, urged all members of the public to take this opportunity to celebrate the older people in their lives.

“Seniors have a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer, and they continue to make significant contributions to communities across NSW,” Mrs Davies said.

Nominations for the 2018 NSW Seniors Festival Local Achievement Awards are open from today, 15 March until 29 March 2018.

Awards will be presented as part of the NSW Seniors Festival held 4 – 15 April.

For further details on how to nominate contact Tamara's office for a nomination form through email or phone 6686 7522 or download a nomination form here.

The 2018 festival runs from Wednesday 4 to Sunday 15 April.

For information on exciting NSW Seniors Festival events in the Ballina region and across the state visit

Local events listed include:

U3A Ballina/Byron Inc Seniors Expo

A showcase of U3A Ballina/Byron educational, recreational, wellbeing and creative classes for Senior Citizens. 

  • Fri 6 April 2018: 9.00am - 1.00pm

Venue: The Richmond Room, 11 Regatta Avenue , Ballina 2478

Seniors Theatre Programme

An exploration of theatre techniques using improvisation, writing, movement, voice, mask ensemble and performance. No prior theatre experience necessary! 

  • Thu 15 March, 22 March, 29 March, 5 April, 12 April 2018: 9.30am - 11.00am

Bookings: Recommended. Contact Philippa today on 0422 882 319

Senior Prices: $12 per 90 minute session. Participant age restrictions - NSW legal pension age of 65 and above

Venue: Byron Theatre, Byron Community Centre, 69 Jonson Street , Byron Bay 2481

Silver Surfers - Byron Bay

Learn to surf, body surf or just have a relaxed guided swim with Let's Go Surfing in a supportive and relaxed vibe. Learn beach safety in very small groups with lots of hands-on help.

  • Wed 11 April 2018: 9.30am - 10.30am

Bookings: Essential   Contact Lisa - Lets Go Surfing P: 0293651800 E: W:

Cost: FREE

Venue: Lets Go Surfing, The Wreck Surf Shop 6/4 Jonson Street, Byron Bay 2481