The Maryborough and District Committee on the Ageing Inc. (MADCOTA) was born through a vision of a small group of community members in 1971. The organisation came about from the recognition of the lack of a setting that enabled participation of all senior citizens regardless of income source, marital status or gender. A building sub-committee was formed, lead by co-chairs Gilbert Alison (Alison & Associates Accounting) and Lambert Hyne (Hyne Timber Pty Ltd) and moved forward with plans for the development of a building that would be inclusive to all. And so after 6 years of meetings, planning, design, State Government grant applications and painstaking community fundraising the Maryborough Senior Citizens Centre became reality and construction was complete. The Centre was officially opened by Hon. Keith Hooper, M.L.A. Minister for Transport on 16th April 1977.
MADCOTA was fundamental in the development of Maryborough and District Senior Citizens Club Inc., U3A Maryborough facilitated by Mrs Madonna Suter, "Our Place" meeting place, with Barbara Patterson as project lead, the continuation of "Oracle" the talking newspaper, "Shades Of Grey" monthly newsletter and the development and implementation of the "Well Aged Program", now funded under Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors.
MADCOTA is a not-for-profit incorporated organisation that is managed by a member elected Committee each year.
Introducing our Executive Committee:
President: John Keheller
Vice President: Steve Duggan
Treasurer: Donna Suter
Appointed Secretary: Kylie Nitz
Our goal is to see you living independently for longer
To protect and promote the well-being of all older people in its geographic area. To this end we aim to mobilize older people, those who work with them, Government, and the community towards achieving well-being and social justice for older people.
The shaping of a more just, equitable and humane community in which older people, interacting with other generations, are enabled to grow to their fullest capacity, to contribute to their community and have access, with dignity, to appropriate care and support.