I acknowledge the NSW Seniors Festival, celebrating older people in New South Wales and giving them an opportunity for connection—which just so happens to be this year's theme. The Seniors Festival is the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and makes a tremendous impact on the lives of seniors across our State. Throughout COVID, seniors have been some of the hardest hit. While many of us were able to stay connected through online platforms, many older people were not equipped with the skills to do so. According to Relationships Australia, almost 20 per cent of older Australians were impacted daily by feelings of loneliness even before the pandemic. While up to date statistics are yet to be recorded, it is important to understand that these figures are most likely to have worsened since the pandemic. There are many things we can do to support the seniors in our lives. The Seniors Festival is a great reminder to give them a ring, or pop in for a cup of tea. I know that they will appreciate it. I congratulate all those involved with the NSW Seniors Festival on another successful year of events.