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Seniors Festival success

30 Oct 2014

Docklands’ first foray into the annual Seniors Festival has been deemed a great success, according to Docklands Chamber of Commerce president Joh Maxwell.  

The Seniors Festival is held throughout Victoria each October and this year Docklands was one of the features of the festival, due to the work of the Chamber of Commerce.

Docklands is one of a limited number of precincts taking part in the Age Friendly Precinct Partners Program with the Seniors Program, the Department of Health and the City of Melbourne.

“For a first event, it was very successful and we were glad to welcome many visitors, including many repeat visitors,” Mrs Maxwell said.

Docklands offered a range of activities throughout Seniors’ Week including free ferry tours of Victoria Harbour, tours of the Mission to Seafarers and jazz music at the Wonderland Spiegeltent.

According to Mrs Maxwell more than 1900 passengers took a free ferry trip over the eight days of the festival, with visitors coming from across Melbourne.

She said non-senior ferry passengers were asked to make a gold coin donation towards the Alma Doepel Restoration Fund, with many seniors donating also.

Fundraising from the Seniors Festival and at the Docklands Chamber of Commerce AGM raised $1000, enough to purchase two planks for the ship.

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