The NSW Seniors Festival is an opportunity to promote a better understanding within the community about seniors and the value they add to our lives. It is also an opportunity to encourage older people to lead active lifestyles and participate at all levels in our community. 

NSW Seniors Festival 

NSW Seniors Festival (formerly Seniors Week) is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere. To acknowledge the remarkable contributions our local seniors make to our Blue Mountains community, a program of events for the month of February has been put together. The theme for 2020 focuses on Love To Celebrate. It is about promoting inclusive communities, and providing an opportunity to promote a better understanding about seniors and the value they add to our lives .

A copy of the Seniors Week Program for the month's events can be downloaded here and hardcopies will be available via Council's Library branches and Customer Service Centres Katoomba and Springwood.

Blue Mountains Seniors Week Recognition Awards

As part of the Seniors Festival Celebrations Council also hosts the annual Blue Mountains Seniors Week Recognition Awards. These Awards acknowledge the contribution that individuals and organisations have made to the seniors of the Blue Mountains community.

Residents can nominate an Individual (60yrs or older. 50yrs or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents) or an Organisation who has demonstrated a commitment to, and leadership in, the areas of community service or volunteering.

Residents who are previous award recipients cannot be re-nominated.

2020 winners

There were 28 Individuals and 3 organisations that were awarded the 2020 Seniors Week Recognition Award for all that they do to assist our seniors in the Blue Mountains Community.

Individual award recipients:

  • Margaret Gudgeon
  • Vicki Glew
  • Lachlan Garland
  • Helen Smith
  • Ellis Davidson
  • Anne Bennett
  • Tony Hiam
  • Michael Purtell
  • Maxine Kerrison
  • Stafford Lowe
  • Graeme Hudson
  • Barry Groenendaal
  • Murray Reid
  • John Fox
  • Jenny Fox   
  • Lisa Varjavandi
  • Christine Wheeler
  • John Stoodley
  • Doreen Stoodley
  • Jane Armstrong
  • Carol Crowther
  • John Mulquin
  • Keith Sayles
  • Daniel Clift
  • Susie McGregor
  • Don McGregor

Organisation award recipients:

  • The Palais Royale
  • Bendigo Bank-Katoomba
  • Upper Blue Mountains Blue Mountains Gazette  

Download the Seniors Week Recognition Awards program which outlines individual and organisation recipients


More information

If you have any enquiries regarding the Seniors Festival Program or the Seniors Week Recognition Awards, please contact Prue Hardgrove, Council's Aged and Disability Services Development Officer on 4780 5546 or at