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Turning 60

COTA Queensland will celebrate the 60th anniversary of our formation on Monday 21 August 2017.

In preparation for the event I came across a Huffpost  – 6 Things you should do differently after turning 60. One of the things that resonated with me was that the author welcomed the milestone rather than dreading it. She embraced turning 60 and instead of slowing down she is finding new ways to jolt her body, mind and spirit into action so that she will be stronger and more powerful as she gets older.

In December last year the leadership of the eight State and Territory COTAs joined together with our national policy and advocacy arm to develop a new vision and mission.

Our vision is that ageing in Australia is a time of possibility, opportunity and influence and COTA’s mission is to advance the rights, interests and futures of Australians as we age.

COTA is seeking to reframe the dialogue around ageing. We aim to create new images and expectations of our older years. Whilst we will continue to advocate for those experiencing disadvantage for most of us ageing in Australia today bears little resemblance to the stereotypes of ageing in generations past.

We invite you to join COTA Queensland in celebrating turning 60.

We’ve dedicated a whole week to it.

Only kidding, by coincidence Seniors Week will be held throughout Queensland 19-27 August with events that are on for young and old ranging from cinema showings, BBQ’s, open days, expos, dances, demonstrations and so much more.

Seniors Week provides the opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect, share experiences and celebrate the many contributions older Queenslanders make in their communities. Whether as volunteers or in the workforce seniors utilise their experience and knowledge as community leaders, carers, grandparents and advocates.

The Honourable Minister Coralee O’Rourke will officially open Queensland Seniors Week on Monday 21 August 2017 at the Creating Age-friendly Communities forum, to be held in Brisbane City Hall from 9 am – 4 pm.

More information will be made available shortly but in the mean time you can register your interest in attending the Creating Age-friendly Communities forum by emailing Rebecca Buck at

We look forward to celebrating with you all.

Mark Tucker-Evans
Chief Executive
COTA Queensland


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