Positive Ageing


We want older people to feel valued and respected for their knowledge, life experiences, skills, stories, history, creativity and wisdom. We offer programs and activities for older people at Mathers House.

Mathers and Criterion Houses

Mathers House and Criterion House are located at 108 Bathurst Street, close to the Hobart Central Car Park, which has free parking for the first 90 minutes.

The houses are only two blocks from the Hobart bus mall and close to Hobart LINC, Bathurst Street Post Office and the city centre.

Mathers House is the first building you see when entering Mather's Lane from Bathurst Street. Criterion House is on the opposite side of the lane and is also accessible from Criterion Lane.

Opening hours

The facilities are staffed and open for business from 10 am – 3 pm weekdays. Some activities and programs may operate outside these hours.

Upcoming events

All current and planned activities and programs are listed on our Events and Activities page.

You can also download our current program of activities in our newsletter What's On in positive ageing - summer edition(PDF, 224KB)

Outside activities

We also engage in outside activities, such as:

  • guided tours of historic and heritage sites with expert guides who bring alive our Hobart heritage
  • excursions to outdoor sites and into the bush to meet other older people and share food and adventures
  • music concerts and 'meet the musician' opportunities.

Mathers Place is a community space

If you have ideas for activities or would like to provide an activity, please let us know. We are always looking for partnerships and opportunities to work with groups, organisations and individuals. If your activity fits in with the social inclusion aims of the City of Hobart, we would be keen to talk to you and look at ways in which we may be able to support your activity.

03 6234 1441

Hiring the houses

You can hire our facilities after hours and on the weekend at very reasonable rates. Fees are calculated on a casual or regular basis with preference given to community-based activities.

Hobart Older Persons' Reference Group

The Hobart Older Persons' Reference Group (HOPRG) is a group of older people who have an interest in Hobart. HOPRG works to build community and social connectedness for older people both locally and throughout greater Hobart.

HOPRG's mission is to ensure that the voice of older people is heard, and that older people have the opportunity to be included and engaged in their communities.

If you are interested in being a member of HOPRG, please phone 03 6238 2772 or email walkerd@hobartcity.com.au

Recent Research

The loss of a partner, restricted finances, issues with health and mobility, as well as changes to an older person’s transport options, can greatly impact an older person’s opportunities to bond with others and maintain social connections.  For more information, view the 'How Does Mathers House Facilitate Social Connections?(PDF, 4MB) ' report.

More Information

City of Hobart Positive Ageing Strategy

City of Hobart Equal Access Strategy

City of Hobart Social Inclusion Strategy

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Tasmania

Department of Premier and Cabinet - Older Persons