Seniors Expo 2018

COTA NT’s Seniors EXPO 2018

Date/ Time: Friday 1 June, 10.00am – 2.00pm (FREE ENTRY) Venue: Palmerston Recreation Centre, 11 The Boulevard, Palmerston

Seniors EXPO 2018 is about conversations, connection, community and celebration. It’s about Territory seniors, their lifestyle, interests, talents and it’s about the services and support from community, business and government. Click on the links below to find out more about:

Sponsors | Regis Aged Care Morning Tea & Refreshments | Stallholders| PerformancesHave a Go | Parking | How to Get to EXPO | Location Map | Programs & Posters 


We would like to thank our major sponsors for their contributions to and support of this event:


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Regis Aged Care Morning Tea & Refreshments

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Regis Aged Care on behalf of all our EXPO attendees for the morning tea. This will be available from 10am until late morning and served from Community Room #1.

If you are staying in Palmerston for a late lunch, we encourage you to support the local businesses in Palmerston city centre.

Other Refreshments

Please note all refreshments must be consumed outside of the main stadium area.

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All of our stallholders (including performers and participants) are listed alphabetically below. They have all helped to support Seniors EXPO through their contributions of resources, financial and otherwise, and we are deeply appreciative of their assistance in creating, supporting and sponsoring this event. At the stalls you’ll find free services on offer, information, giveaways and most importantly meet real people face to face who you can talk too about any concerns and questions.

You can click on the link to find out more about them, but we hope you’ll come on the day to meet them in person. Each participant will be easy to find in a colour coded area of the venue and you can be guided to who you want to see and where you want to go by volunteers. We hope you enjoy meeting and talking to representatives from:

SENIORS EXPO posters available at the bottom of the page to download and print in A3, A4 and A5 formats

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We would like to thank Malak Marketplace in particular for their support of this area. 

Times (approx.) Activity / Performance
10.00am Formal Proceedings
  • Welcome from COTA NT’s CEO Sue Shearer
  • Acknowledgement of special guests and short presentation
  • Opening of event by COTA NT’s patron, Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran, Administrator of the Northern Territory
10.10am – 10.35am The Grey Panthers
10.40am – 11.00am Zumba Gold
11.05am – 11.25am  Darwin Line Dancing
11.30am – 11.50am Sing Australia
12.00pm – 12.20pm COTA / Red Cross Catwalk
12.25pm – 12.45pm  Top End Mustangs Line Dancing Group
12.50pm – 1.10pm Palmerston Senior Songsters
1.15pm – 1.35pm  NuLine Dance (demonstration and join-in finale)
1.40pm – 2.00pm  Announcement of any raffle prize and/or door prize winners and farewell

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Have A Go Fitness and Wellness Sessions (Community Room 2 & Outdoor Carpark)

The following sessions will be held in the Community Room #2 (next to morning tea service). They will last approx 20 minutes each. Please note that you participate at your own risk and will be required to sign a Pre-Exercise Screening form. If you have any concerns regarding your fitness level, ability or skill or undertake these activities, you should seek appropriate independent advice. You are welcome to participate in as many sessions as you want too – all classes are offered this morning at no charge. Many thanks again to these wonderful instructors for offering these have a go sessions. Be sure to ask about their regular class times, if you enjoy the trial.

11.00am – 11.20am Seated Aerobics with Sharon Kelly Improves mobility, flexibility and strength from seated position.
11.25am – 11.45am Stretch n Flex with Sharon Kelly Designed to help with flexibility, balance and physical confidence and competency.
12.05pm – 12.25pm Pilates with Sharon Kelly Focuses on controlled breathing and quality of movement not quantity of repetitions.
12.30pm – 12.50pm Low Intensity Exercise with Melanie, Vitality Health and Rehab Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Mobility is required.
1.00pm – 1.20pm Zumba Gold with Ann McNamara 
Recreates  original Zumba moves at a lower intensity – emphasis on fun.
1.25pm to 1.45pm Powerlifting (Demonstration Powerlifting Competition) with Lolita and Darwin Powersports Incorporated  This is is a demonstration powerlifting competition only, not a class.

Outdoor Carpark (adjacent to the building)

You are welcome to try your hand and your luck at lawn bowls with the Bowls NT team on their portable ‘bowling green’. 

10.00am – 2.00pm Bowling with Avon and the team from Bowls NT Try your hand at a few games of lawn bowls.

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Please refer to the Palmerston-Car-Parking-Map for details of parking zones.
Important Note: The small car park off Frances Street, adjacent to the Recreation Centre will NOT be open due to outside exhibitors using the space at EXPO and the need to provide a safe bump in/pack down zone for stallholders. Thank you.

There are many options when it comes to parking in the Palmerston city centre. The hours of paid parking operation are Monday to Friday (8am to 5pm). Charges apply in both on-street and off-street parking areas. There are two paid parking zones within the city centre:

All ticket machines will accept both coins and credit card payments. The machines and car parks are clearly marked with signage indicating the zone, time restriction and the applicable rate. Drivers should check ticket machines carefully to ensure they pay the correct fee and abide by the time restrictions.  The purchased ticket will need to be clearly displayed on the vehicle’s dashboard.

Approximately 75% of total car parking in the CBD in existing private retail and commercial outlets remains free of charge and not subject to Council parking charges. These include:

Please note: Vehicles displaying a valid disability permit are permitted to park in Council managed on and off-street parking for twice the maximum time zone free of charge without penalty.

Whilst we understand that free parking would be ideal, we are unable to offer this. However, entry to the event is free and morning tea is also free, so we hope you won’t let a small parking fee deter you from visiting.

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How to Get to EXPO

Seniors Groups and Carpooling | Public Transport | Find Your Bus | COTA Shuttle Bus Darwin to Palmerston | COTA Coomalie Bus

Seniors Groups and Carpooling

If you are a member of a seniors’ group or receive community support services, please contact your group organiser and facilitators to see if you can have a lift to and from EXPO or pool your transport resources. Consider carpooling with friends (and sharing petrol and parking costs).

Please do make the extra effort to get friends and family to EXPO who may not be able to drive themselves or use public transport. This is a community event and your support of the seniors’ community is gratefully appreciated.

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Public Transport

All public buses are free for holders of the NT Seniors Card. We urge you to use free public transport options wherever possible. From Palmerston Bus Terminal to the Recreation Centre, it is approximately a four minute walk.

Download Palmerston-Bus Terminal / Interchange map.

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Find Your Bus

Please refer to the timetable and map information provided by the Darwin bus service. The following routes into Palmerston are available:

9 Casuarina – Palmerston via Karama, Berrimah and Pinelands
OL1/ OL2 Casuarina, Palmerston and Darwin Orbital (Express bus)
8 Darwin – Palmerston via Winnellie, Berrimah and Pinelands
28 Humpty Doo – Darwin via Coolalinga and Palmerston Interchange (Express bus)
70 – 78 Palmerston City services
440 Humpty Doo – Humpty Doo via Virginia, Noonamah and Palmerston
445 Humpty Doo – Palmerston via Cox Peninsula, Noonamah and Coolalinga
446 Bees Creek – Palmerston
447 Humpty Doo – Palmerston via McMinns Lagoon and Howard Springs
450 Humpty Doo – Palmerston via Girraween and Howard Springs

For general bus enquiries or feedback call (08) 8924 7666, Monday to Friday, 6.45am to 4.30pm

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COTA Shuttle (Darwin CBD and Palmerston)

COTA NT will be running a limited service between Spillett House and the Recreation Centre. Request for transport must be made in advance on 8941 1004 and preference will be given to COTA members. Please remember that our bus seats 12 people only (+ driver) and that our drivers are volunteers who have offered their services freely.

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COTA Coomalie Shuttle (Coomalie Region and Palmerston)

Please contact Chair Jan Jewell 8976 0255 for more information.

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Location Map

This Google map is also available on the City of Palmerston website

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SENIORS EXPO 2018 – Programs and Posters

Please print and share these posters with your networks – available in a range of sizes to suit all spaces!

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Please note:  Event information is subject to change, although COTA staff and volunteers make every effort to keep information as up-to-date as possible.