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Bunbury seniors are getting active

By Kevin Kelly

While Bunbury residents have the chance to soak up some culture in places like the local museum, the city also provides many opportunities to take part in sport too. The Silversport programme is one such example – it's a local government initiative that provides Bunbury's senior citizens the chance to get involved in physical activity. 

What is Silversport?

For seniors that are in financial difficulty, finding the spare money to participate in sport can be an impossibility. This is a problem the Silversport programme is trying to address. To date, they've helped over 1,100 seniors from all around Western Australia work towards their fitness and lifestyle goals. Some of the most popular activities have been swimming, bowls, tennis, pilates and golf. The project has been running in Bunbury since April and will end in December – so if you want to take advantage of it, you'll need to get in quick!

What's available?

The grant allows for $200 to be put towards club membership or physical activity programme fees. You will need either a health care card or pensioner concession card. If you don't have one of these (and are in financial difficulty) you can apply for them with the Australian government, who will carry out an income and assets test to determine your eligibility.

Some of the options available in Bunbury include a three month gym membership at Anytime Fitness, a 40 week programme at the Senior Citizen's centre that includes line dancing, carpet bowls and tai-chi, and an annual membership for the Bunbury Bowling and Social club. You can find the full list of approved providers on the Bunbury government website.

How do I apply?

Application forms can be found either in hard copy at the City of Bunbury Administration building or on their website. You'll need to know which activity you wish to participate in and provide a proof of age along with your health care or pensioner concession card. If approved, your activity provider will invoice the city for the costs (up to $200). It's recommended that seniors starting an increased regimen of physical activity should consult their health professional before kicking things off.

Are you a senior citizen looking for a new rental property in Bunbury? Get in touch with the team at Ray White today. We're experts in helping people find a rental property that suits them and their budget. 

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