Tuesday, 4th April 2017

Harriet Shing, Member for Eastern Victoria Region, is today encouraging Gippslanders to recognise the contributions made to our community by seniors and organisations.

Nominations open today for the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards, celebrating older Victorians who support and inspire others through their volunteer work. The awards highlight  the role of seniors as mentors, educators, role models, leaders, or behind the scenes workers.

Categories include the Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year, the Promotion of Multiculturalism Award, the Healthy and Active Living Award, the Veteran Community Award and  the Council on the Ageing Victoria Senior Achiever Awards.

The Age-Friendly Victoria Award  recognises an organisation or a business that creates age-friendly communities, promotes active ageing, or improves quality of life for older Victorians.

Nominations for the awards open today, and will close on Friday, 23 June.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at Government House in October as part of the 35th Victorian Seniors Festival.

More information, profiles of previous award recipients and nomination forms can be found at

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing:

These awards celebrate the many dedicated, experienced and generous seniors in our communities, who give so much of themselves and to others.”

“If you know an inspiring older person or a seniors organisation in Gippsland that helps others in any number of different ways, I would encourage you to nominate them for the Senior of the Year awards.”