Residents across the Bathurst Electorate are being encouraged to celebrate the grandparents and older people in their lives ahead of Grandparents Day this October, by nominating them for an award or getting involved in local events in the community.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole said nominations have opened for the 2018 NSW Grandparent of the Year Local and State Awards, which celebrate the valuable contributions grandparents and seniors make to their families and communities.

“There are some truly inspiring grandparents and older people who make the local community a supportive, inclusive place to live,” Mr Toole said.

“This is our opportunity to showcase the selfless seniors of the region and show our appreciation for their hard work volunteering their time, sharing their knowledge and wisdom, as well as supporting their families. I encourage all residents to submit a nomination to my office for the Bathurst Electorate Grandparent of the Year.”

Meanwhile, amateur and professional photographers alike are urged to spend some time with their grandparents and snap a photo of them in their everyday life for the Grandparents Day Photography Competition.

Mr Toole said the competition aims to foster intergenerational relationships in NSW, as grandchildren learn from their grandparents’ experiences and advice while sharing their own lives.

“Grandparents and older people have lived exciting lives and still have so much more to give. I encourage budding photographers across the region to grab their phone or camera and pay a visit to their grandparents to make memories that will last a lifetime,” Mr Toole said.

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said Grandparents Day is an opportunity to celebrate the invaluable role grandparents and seniors play in improving communities across the State.

“Grandparents dedicate their time and energy to making our communities better and they deserve to be recognised for their tireless efforts,” Mrs Davies said.

“Along with the Awards and photography competition, the NSW Government is funding local events across the state to say thank you to grandparents everywhere.”

NSW Grandparents Day will take place on Sunday 28 October 2018. Nominations for the 2018 Bathurst Electorate Grandparent of the Year Award are open until September 7 and can be submitted to the Bathurst Electorate office at Unit 1, 229 Howick Street, Bathurst.

To submit a nomination for the statewide NSW Grandparent of the Year Award, enter the Photography Competition or for more information visit www.grandparentsday.nsw.gov.au