COTA NT’s Profile
The comments we receive from our community reflect the broad spectrum across which we work:

Advocacy and News

A key word for COTA is “connection” – We stay connected through emailing our database, publishing on our website, Facebook pages, media releasesCOTA NT News, Round Tables and ONE COTA contributions. (Find out more about how COTA NT represent seniors).

“The Newspaper is excellent.  Beyond my expectation…. congratulations, we are proud to be part of the initiative.” Marshall and Cherry Perron (talking about Seniors Voice)

“I was delighted to receive the first edition of Seniors Voice NT, with its texture, the smell, the overly large print size, and not needing to remember a password to log in to read it! This outstanding publication serves as a hub for important information to keep senior Territorians informed about the issues that matter most to them and as a place to share real-life stories and experiences that foster a sense of connection and belonging within our communities.” Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Government (talking about Seniors Voice)

“I’ve just read the new Seniors Voice magazine and want to congratulate the team for this professional and accessible publication. Bravo for seeing the gap and filling it with an easy-to-read and easy-to-use magazine. I love that it is available in hard copy, as a downloadable PDF and online in a very easy-to-use format which also enables printing of pages. I’m sending a copy to my 95 year old Mum in Perth!” N Hart, Palmerston (talking about Seniors Voice)

“Hi there, I just want to congratulate you on your first edition, I found it a great read and very informative. Keep up the great work.” G & P Timson (talking about Seniors Voice)

“Interesting reading with wide list of interesting items. Good most items used good sized font size. Well done and much appreciated.” K Cohalan (talking about Seniors Voice)

“Thank you for an excellent first edition, and for the multiple formats available on which to read the Seniors’ Voice. This edition is full of essential information presented clearly and effectively.” Susan Cameron, 2 March 2021 (emailing about Seniors Voice)

“Well done guys, it looks great.” Paul Kirby, Member for Port Darwin 2 March 2021, (talking about Seniors Voice – new style edition – on Facebook)

“The way in which COTA is wrapping around the needs of all seniors across the Territory is laudable. The organisation is especially mindful and caring towards the needs of indigenous and multicultural members. The aim of the Council in wanting to embrace the NT’s seniors citizens as a group in oneness and unity is being well and truly met.” Grateful Oldster (30 September 2020 in Letter to the Editor, NT News)

“I would however like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for everything you do to help make life that little bit easier for seniors in the Territory.” Barbara Grant (September 2019)

“I thank everyone who provides frank feedback about seniors policy, particularly COTA…” Hon Michael Gunner MLA, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory (speech during Seniors Month 2018)

On Seniors Voice “Congrats on a great article for COTA in the SUN paper.” Maggie Carter
On the review of the Northern Territory Pensioners and Carers Concessions Scheme “WELL done to COTA ..and others..who worked so hard! Congrats” Fiona Darcy
On the review of the Northern Territory Pensioners and Carers Concessions Scheme “Hi Cota, great to see you are pushing back to the value of keeping older territorians in the Territory. Hundreds of our mates have headed to the Sunshine State and other places. Keep up the good work.” Roger Steele
On COTA NT News “Thank you to all COTA NT staff and volunteers for keeping us up to date, especially with things relating to NT seniors.”  Lorraine Donfeld


Seniors EXPO in Darwin now brings together over 2000 Territory seniors and community stakeholders

Find out more about events in the Territory for seniors and about COTA NT’s Seniors EXPO.

On SENIORS EXPO 2021 (Darwin) “Congratulations to all at COTA NT for the great job at Seniors Expo. We enjoyed it very much. The venue was great and spacious with ample of underground car parking. The exhibits were good and informative. Lots of presents. The COTA staff were very helpful. Plenty of entertainment. It was a great success. Thank you.” May Hulme

On SENIORS EXPO 2021 (Darwin) “Congratulations COTA on a successful 6th annual Seniors Expo👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. Well done to all involved. … Board, staff, and volunteers.” Maria Scarlett
On SENIORS EXPO 2021 (Darwin) “A great event, the COTA organisers have excelled themselves, creating a hard act to follow in 2022. Many thanks.” Allan Mitchell

On SENIORS EXPO 2021 (Darwin) “
Thank you for a great event. Thanks especially for the children’s activities, my little grandsons had a ball.” Patricia Stephenson

On SENIORS EXPO 2021 (Darwin) “It was great..thanks everyone!” Fiona Foster Darcy

On SENIORS EXPO “Hi Sue, Lina and Steph, Yesterday’s Expo was a very successful event. I know how much effort is put in by Sue, LIna and Steph especially pulling all this together. On behalf of the board and myself I would like to thank you and all the volunteers who helped to make this the success it was. It certainly puts COTA’s name out there in front of seniors and organisations as the peak body for seniors in the Territory. Once again thank you very much for all your efforts.” Jan Jewell Chair, COTA NT

On SENIORS EXPO “Thank you to everyone who helped in such a fantastic day.” Robin Knox
On SENIORS EXPO “I thought it was a great day and appreciate the effort and planning that is behind pulling the Expo together. Well done. Sharon Tentye
On SENIORS EXPO “GREAT EXPO TODAY!!!! It was really well organised and just a lovely venue and day.” Tania Roberts
On SENIORS EXPO “Thank you Steph, Can I just say that programme looked absolutely incredible!  What a FANTASTIC job you and the team have done!” Miriam Nuttall
On SENIORS EXPO “Really good event at the Seniors Expo! We signed plenty of new clients and tested over 40 people throughout day! All your hard work really paid off” Faye Dickson, Australian Hearing


COTA NT volunteers during Seniors Month in August

Read more about the COTA NT programs – Fit for Life, Knowledge for Life, MASP, Peer Education, PICAC, Seniors Month,  Staying Connected, Volunteering

On Bunnings craft workshop “To all of you our sincere thanks for this weeks arrangements. It was great to enjoy COTA’s hospitality. Today’s Bunnings session very enjoyable. Have a lovely weekend,” Vera and Franz Kratschmer

On DCA weaving workshopIt was a fun morning. Thanks ladies.” Carol Ohh

On Devonshire morning tea fundraiser “Very enjoyable morning, thanks” Angela James

On iPad training “Thanks for the last few weeks. Have really enjoyed and learnt.” Marg Eldridge

On Fit for Life programming “Attended my first Chair Pilates class last week and loved it. I felt this class would suit people who have back issues and are unable to do exercise on the floor. Sharon was terrific and I was surprised how hard we worked. I intend making it a regular when I am in town. Thanks Steph and Sharon.” Suzie Berger

On Seniors Month BCC movie and morning tea “Great film thank you very much.” Denis Newsham

On volunteering
 “A very caring and loving team to be working with.” Di Barclay

On volunteering
“…feeling proud to be part of such a caring, sharing team with so much passion for helping our Senior Territorians” Yvonne Smith



Your Well-Being Your Plan – conversations facilitated by COTA NT

COTA NT’s staff and volunteers offer support and assistance to seniors online, on the phone and for face-to-face meetings (appointments may be required). It publishes INFORMATION to inform and empower seniors on its website on a wide variety of topics.

On Consumer Directed Care “Hi Lina, Thank you so much for your response.  I nearly cried reading your email.   I was wondering, if I brought some of mum’s current contract and paper work in regards to her package and what she is currently receiving, would you mind going through this with me.  Even if it is to just explain what means “what”.  Once again, thank you so much for responding. Kind Regards” Coleen Harris 

On providing support for Danila Dilba renal group “I would like to take this opportunity to deeply thank and acknowledge the support COTA has provided for our clients to continue their physical activity program and how welcoming and professional the team have been to us and our clients. Many thanks Kind regards” Karrina Demasi, Chronic Disease Care Coordinator Danila Dilba Health Service

On the year’s work “Wishing Stephanie and COTA (NT) team A Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed Happy New Year 2017. Thank you all for your great job, for looking after the Senior Territorians in 2016.” Regards, John and May Hulme

Membership Perks

COTA members at the Peking Opera, Darwin Entertainment Centre

Read more about COTA NT membership

On receiving COTA invitation to DEC “Am just back from the Peking Opera – was fabulous! everything about it was great, from the fabulous costumes, amazing facial expressions, acrobatics and all the dance! Thanks for the opportunity/ticket. Merry Christmas!” Frances Abbott

On receiving COTA invitation to DEC “Thank you COTA for the tickets to the Peking Opera. It was a magnificent event. Happy Christmas from us both.” Fred and Lyn Barlow
On receiving COTA invitation to DEC “For now, a BIG THANKYOU to Cota for organising the morning. I really enjoyed the performance, as did all I saw there and have been able to ask. Again, many thanks. “
Fred Mitchell
On receiving COTA invitation to DEC “Good Morning Stephanie, Just a note to thank you for the opportunity to attend this most enjoyable event. My friend and I really appreciated it, as well as the ideal seat allocation.
What a great idea to be able to offer such an opportunity. Regards” Sandra Parker

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