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An action-packed program has been planned for the 2021 Byron Shire Seniors Festival with drumming, dancing, walking, yoga and laughing on the program.

The week-long festival will kick off next Monday, April 19.

The theme for this year’s festival is It’s in our nature and everyone who falls into the ‘wise and experienced’ age group (60 and over) is invited to join in the free activities at the Byron Community Centre in Byron Bay.

Mayor, Simon Richardson, said the festival is a fantastic way to highlight the magnificent contribution the residents who have decades of life experience make to the Byron Shire.

‘It’s a great honour for Council to be supporting the 2021 Seniors Festival and if the program for next week is anything to go by it looks like being a cracker of an event,’ he said.

Statistics from the 2016 Census show that 16.9 per cent of Byron Shire’s population is aged over 65 with the majority living in Brunswick Heads, followed by Mullumbimby:

  • Brunswick Heads – 22.2%
  • Mullumbimby – 19.6%
  • Ocean Shores, New Brighton, South Golden Beach – 16.7%
  • Myocum, Coorabell areas – 16.7%
  • Byron Bay – 16.5%

Cr Richardson said that some Byron Shires residents have lived in area all their lives, others are newcomers but they all offer experience and a perspective on life that is rich and colourful.

‘On behalf of Council I hope that people use the Byron Shire Seniors Festival as a way of getting out, meeting new people, learning some new things and celebrating all that is great about our community.’

More information about the 2021 Byron Shire Seniors Festival is available from the Byron Community Centre.


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