The first Seniors Expo was held in Darwin in August 2015 on the grounds of the Museum and Art Gallery at Conacher Point in Darwin. It was created by Events Manager, Stephanie Kendall as part of the organisation’s Seniors Month program and was specifically designed to showcase community services, lifestyle and entertainment.
COTA NT’s very first Expo was put together on a shoe-string budget by just four part-time staff and a team of volunteers. 41 exhibitors set themselves up on the lawns with gazebos, tables and chairs, 9 talks and 8 performances were time-tabled, plus a fashion show and free morning tea. It attracted over 400 people making it the biggest event COTA NT had held in its history at that time.
The event won the Australia Day Award for Community Event of the Year award.
The latest Darwin Expo attracted over 2 500 people and COTA NT’s now holds Seniors Expos in Alice Springs and Katherine, which continue to grow from strength to strength – both in reach and reputation (see what people say about COTA NT’s Expos).
Read about COTA NT’s regional expos.
Page updated: 14 June 2023