Overwhelmingly, sixty seniors came along to the first ever Queensland Seniors Week celebrations today on Mornington Island in the Wellesley Island group.

Many elders shared a very special morning tea with ‪‎friends‬ and family‬ at the Council Chambers in Gununa.

Stories of times changed were a’plenty beneath the sunshine filled skies and everyone over 55 was gifted a warm winter blanket from Mornington Shire Council.

Those who attended the Council initiative also received a small food parcel to help cope with the extremely cold winter conditions in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Council CEO Mr Frank Mills says hosting the morning tea as part of the‪#‎seniorsweek2016‬ provided the opportunity for families, councillors and elders to share time with those who have set the path for the community in days gone by.

“This has proven to be a great initiative for all concerned and is something we will continue to build on.”

“It was a pleasure for Council to provide the seniors with an array of gifts that included blankets, food staples and variety gift packs,” Mr Mills said.

“To all the individuals who helped put the day together – thank you, all of the support was enormous.”

This remote island‬ event was kindly supported by COTA Queensland and GIVIT.

It’s all about giving back to our elders – listening to them – learning with them, for they walked the earth before us younger ones.