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Historic “Day on Green” to launch Seniors Week 

COTA Tasmania has completely broken with tradition with this year’s Seniors Week launch activities by combining the formal launch with the media event and inviting the general public to join them for a picnic!

“A Day on the Green – on for young and old” will be a special celebration held on the expansive lawns of the C3 Convention Centre in South Hobart between 11am and 2pm on Wednesday 1 October - the International Day of Older Persons and for the previous 16 years, the traditional starting date of Seniors Week. 

This year’s Seniors Week will be run between 13-19 October.

COTA Tas has for some time wanted to promote more interaction between seniors and their younger relatives and friends so they thought that Seniors Week would be a perfect opportunity to raise awareness and start a conversation about various generations sharing experiences and knowledge – and life!

So, A Day on the Green was born and in the spirit of the inter-generational theme, the day will be “on for young and old” with a large variety of activities and experiences suitable for all ages and abilities.

The day kicks off at 11am with the official launch ceremony starting at 11.30am, involving the Parliamentary Secretary, COTA Board, staff and associates – and hopefully you! 

The C3 location is a perfect venue thanks to its good parking, level ground and access and modern facilities. Not to mention its spacious and comfortable indoor arena should the notoriously fickle October weather force us off the green grass and onto carpet!

Members of the public are invited to attend, especially generations of families and we’re encouraging the older guests to try the traditionally youthful activities and the youngsters to try some activities and sports that were popular “back in the day” such as quoits and egg and spoon races – just a few of the many interesting all-ages events that will be facilitated on the day by Life. Be In It.

Other activities include craft demonstrations, information booths for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Hearing Australia, half-hourly musical entertainment, a jumping castle, face painting, balloon magic and informative static displays from Metro Tasmania, Tas Police and Telstra Countrywide, the latter featuring their large mobile info centre.

We encourage patrons to bring a picnic, or you can enjoy a free sausage or two from the Moonah Rotary barbeque (although a donation to COTA would be welcome!).  Drinks will be available from the C3 café.

Admission is free with gold coin donations encouraged for some catering and activities.

To access an easy-reading version of this year's Seniors Week official events program, please click here.

Free Metro bus to and from the city

Longtime Seniors Week sponsor Metro Tasmania will not only be providing free transport for GreenCard and Seniors card holders during Seniors Week – they’ll provide free Metro bus rides to and from the C3 Centre to the Hobart bus mall for A Day on the Green.  The service will leave Zone H at the Hobart Bus Mall at 11am, returning at 2pm.

COTA national network launches “Hands off our pension” campaign

The national network of state and territory COTA organisations recently combined to launch a concerted and well-orchestrated campaign against the Federal Government’s proposed changes to the age pension entitlements.

Hands Off the Pension, was in response to the unprecedented level of feedback COTA is receiving from older people deeply worried about how they will manage if the changes announced by Treasurer Hockey in the May Budget come into effect.

COTA Australia CEO Ian Yates says that while older people will be hit by the freezing of eligibility thresholds, as well as changes to deeming rates and increasing the qualifying age to 70, they are most worried about the proposed changes to indexation.

“Changing indexation from a percentage of average weekly earnings to CPI only will dramatically reduce the standard of living for over 2.4 million Australian Pensioners,” Mr Yates said.

To read the full Media Release and a comprehensive Fact Sheet about the likely impacts of the proposed changes, click here.

VALE: Governor Peter Underwood AC

COTA Tasmania was saddened to hear of the passing of our Patron, the Governor of Tasmania, Peter Underwood AC.

A former Chief Justice of Tasmania, Mr Underwood was appointed Governor in 2008 when he assumed the COTA Patron’s role. Mr Underwood was a very knowledgeable, engaged and popular governor and took a keen interest in the affairs and activities of COTA Tasmania.

He will be remembered for his service to the Tasmanian community especially for his championing of issues and causes affecting vulnerable Tasmanians.

The Board and staff of COTA Tasmania extend their deepest sympathy to Mr Underwood’s wife and family.

COTA Tasmania AGM – 19 November

COTA Tasmania’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 20 November at the Tasmania Hockey Centre, 19 Bell St Newtown.

The meeting will commence at 2pm and will feature a special guest speaker. COTA members, friend and associates as well as members of the public are invited to attend.

RSVP is essential to or 6231 3265.

COTA’s historic Boardroom for hire

COTA Tasmania’s state HQ is located in the ground floor of the historic Westella building in Elizabeth St, Hobart on the edge of the CBD.

The complex includes a well-equipped Boardroom, which is available for short-term hire.

The room comfortable seats up to 15 people and includes an electronic whiteboard, data projector, and tea/coffee making facilities. Full-day hire is $150, half-day $80 or $20 per hour.  Organisational members receive a 10% discount.

Become a COTA Organisational Member

COTA is seeking additional public support to assist us in delivering programs and services for older Tasmanians.

An ideal option for people to assist us is to consider becoming an Organisational Member which has benefits including access to the national COTA networks as well as direct input into COTA’s advocacy and lobbying work, service and policy development and information exchange.

For more information or to join please contact the COTA Tas office on 6231 3265 or email

Award-winning COTA TAS program showcased at national conference

COTA Tas Chief Executive Sue Leitch will make a presentation on COTA’s award-winning You’re Worth It peer education program at the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) national conference in Adelaide in November.
Sue says it will be a great opportunity to highlight what is happening in Tasmania in identifying and countering financial elder abuse and showcasing the wonderful work our volunteer peer educators are doing in Tasmanian communities.
The conference theme is 50 NOT OUT - aiming for a century and includes a presentation from keynote speaker Prof Wendy Lacey, who some will remember from the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day forum held in Hobart last June.
Mrs Leitch says she looks forward to conversing again with Prof Lacey on potential strategies for tackling elder abuse in Tasmania.
A limited number of You’re Worth It information sessions on financial elder abuse are still available in Tasmania. Contact Jane Bowman at COTA on 6231 3265 for more information.

New book a “must have” resource for carers

The Australian Ageing Generation Handbook is the only book of its kind in Australia.  Written by author, journalist and carer Josie Gagliano, The Australian Ageing Generation Handbook is an important resource for carers navigating the minefield of services available to them.  Featuring interviews with personal carers and health professionals the handbook is the only one of its kind in Australia.

Many Baby Boomers and Gen Y adults are struggling to cope with the responsibility of caring for an older parent, as well as their own children, and possibly even grandchildren, while maintaining a healthy work/life balance and a level of self-care essential for maintaining good mental health. Not only are these families under severe emotional strain, but financial, and physical strain as well.

Josie Gagliano says that carers not only make a huge contribution to the lives of the people that they care for, but they are also essential in supporting the formal care system in Australia.

At the heart of the book is the relatively new concept of “The Sandwich Generation” – the generation caught between elderly parents, kids, and perhaps even grandkids. Many more adults will join this special subset of people as their parents age and needs increase and have been recognised by Josie as a group in dire need of support, guidance – and more than ever, discussion.

The Australian Ageing Generation Handbook retails at $39.95. It is available from Big W, all leading bookstores and

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