COTA’s voice continues to grow

29 May 2018

Our fourth annual Seniors Expo is on this Friday at the Palmerston Recreation Centre. It has grown in exhibitors and status. Next year’s will be our fifth year of Expo alongside 50 years of operation for COTA in the Northern Territory.

For those who aren’t aware, COTA NT started off as the Darwin Pensioners’ Association and renamed itself, Council of the Ageing Northern Territory –(COTA NT). COTA NT was intended to represent all senior Territorians, regardless of their socio-economic status throughout the Territory. 

From its small beginnings, the organisation has gone from strength to strength and continues to grow. How many organisations can say they have represented a particular sector for fifty years? 

As mentioned in previous articles, we now have a representative in Alice Springs and have undertaken a five-year management term of the NT Seniors Card program. We will also be officially launching the new edition of the NT Seniors Business Card Directory – complete with a fresh, bold livery – in Alice on the 4th June.  The Minister for Territory Families will be launching the directory, but copies will be available pre-launch at the Seniors Expo. 

Businesses who missed out this time can still put their businesses online on the newly designed NT Seniors Card program website at This is updated as new listings are submitted, so seniors need to check this website too for new offers and the latest discounts. 

Personally, I look forward to catching with Territory seniors at the Expo. Remember to have some free morning tea, kindly sponsored by Regis Aged Care. I know 16 ladies who have hired a bus from Katherine to visit Expo and who are looking both to morning tea and conversations. We are delighted that they are making such a huge effort to join us. \

~ Sue Shearer, CEO COTA NT


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