Dancing in Harmony

(Sydney Town Hall)

Thank you, Jaimie, hello, everyone. On behalf of all of us, I'd like to thank Aunt Millie Ingram for her Welcome to Country. Auntie Millie is was finalist for Woman of the Year in 2010 and our 2011 Seniors' Week Ambassador.

I, too, would like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of this land, and I pay my respects to the Elders, both past and present.

The theme for Seniors' Week this year is Live Life - and that's what you're doing here today in this beautiful setting. Dancing in Harmony is our major Seniors' Week event and it's a pleasure to see Town Hall being used and appreciated for such a joyous occasion.

These beautiful surroundings add to the festive air, and it's good to know that you enjoy being here.

This event also celebrates Harmony Week, in recognition of the one-third of our City residents who were born overseas, and who speak a language other than English at home.

This mix of people and cultures is one of the great things we celebrate about our City, and we continue to provides facilities and services to build an inclusive community that welcomes people from all cultures, walks of life, and age groups.

That great diversity is evident in our over-55s age groups and our activity centres have a terrific range of programs and activities to match and provide outlets for the creativity.

Our GOLD program - standing for Growing Older, Living Dangerously - is attracting many people to activities like the seniors Dragon Boating team who competed for the second time in the Chinese New Year Festival, energetic dance classes, Nintendo afternoons and health seminars.

I'd like to thank the Department of Human Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care for contributing to our event, and I urge you all to get to some of the other seniors week events including some great talks at our City libraries and the Young at Heart film-making workshops.

Finally, I hope you've had a chance to check out the stalls in the vestibule outside where there is a range of useful information about services available.

A warm vote of thanks to The Jive Bombers who are providing the main music for today, and thank you also to our multicultural Seniors' group performers, and also to our City staff who work so hard to make this a memorable day for all of you.

I hope you'll continue to enjoy it.