Plan to create over-55s dance event in Campbelltown

Picture: Anna Warr
Picture: Anna Warr

The kids have carnivals rides and fun activities, but what's around for seniors to enjoy at Campbelltown's big events?

Councillor Karen Hunt thinks there should be something just for the over-55s to enjoy - and she believes a dance event could be just the ticket.

Cr Hunt raised the idea at this week's Campbelltown Council meeting and received great support from fellow councillors.

"We in this chamber endeavour to make our city as all-inclusive as we can," she said.

"Different people have lots of different needs.

"I know seniors are aware of the importance of keeping fit and healthy, but there's not a lot of activities available for them to do that.

"There are a lot of sit-down events for seniors - like arts and craft - and I think perhaps putting on something reminiscent of our seniors and what they liked to do when they were younger and went out socialising would be a great idea."

Cr Hunt suggested a public seniors' dance could be incorporated into events like the Festival of Fisher's Ghost.

She said it would be wonderful to give the region's senior citizens a chance to keep fit and have a ball at an event catered just for them.

"It would be fantastic to see older people get up and do old-fashioned dancing," Cr Hunt said.

"I'm sure there are still plenty of seniors sitting at home who would love something to do, would love to have an event for people of their own age."

Fellow councillor Paul Lake praised Cr Hunt for her initiative.

"I compliment you for looking after the seniors in the area," he said.

"It's definitely an interesting idea."

Councillor Bob Thompson also agreed.

"I think it's a very exciting proposal," he said.

"Ballroom dancing is an especially good way to keep fit.

"This is a very good idea."

Council staff will now prepare a report on the feasibility of facilitating such an activity at future council events.