COTA Walk Against Elder Abuse (Hobart & Launceston)

14 June 2019 9:45 am Australia/Hobart

    In the year of the Aged Care Royal Commission, it’s more important than ever to raise our voices against the abuse of older people wherever it occurs.

    Please join us to Walk Against Elder Abuse, the eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

    WEAAD is the time each June designated by the United Nations for countries around the world to raise awareness of elder abuse.

    In 2019, we are walking again in Hobart and Launceston to promote respect for people of all ages and spread the word that information and assistance about elder abuse is available through the Elder Abuse Helpline – 1800 441 169.


    We gather at 9.45am for a 10am march. The starting point is the same as last year – the Tamar Street entrance to City Park opposite Cameron Street. The Launceston walk will be led by the Mayor, Alderman Albert van Zetten. We are hoping for an extra big turnout this year, now that media coverage of the inaugural Launceston walk in 2018 has alerted people in the north of the state to this annual call to action. We’ll walk down Cameron Street, along George Street, through the Brisbane Street Mall, along Charles Street and through Civic Square to the Town Hall.


    We gather at 9.45 am for a 10am start at the Collins Street end of the Elizabeth Street Mall. Note that the time and place are different from last year. Our fifth annual Hobart walk will be led by the Minister for Human Services, the Honourable Roger Jaensch MP, and the Lord Mayor of Hobart, Councillor Anna Reynolds. Before we set off, the wonderful Sing For Your Life Choir will raise our spirits and determination with an inspiring song. We’ll then walk through the Mall and along Criterion and Bathurst Streets to Mathers House.

    At the end of both walks, we’ll be treated to morning tea by the respective council – a great way to get to know like-minded people and celebrate the many contributions of older Tasmanians.

    For catering purposes, please RSVP to or (03) 6231 3265.