Shine - Anglican Retirement Villages

Shine - Anglican Retirement Villages

Happiness is not a matter

of intensity, but of balance

and order and rhythm and

harmony. Thomas Merton



Food rescue

OzHarvest and Ronni Kahn—

food to those who need it most


Navigating the shift to digital TV

From manager To residenT

Eileen Ellis on her life at Warrina

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Thomas Merton was an American

Trappist monk who published a

book of essays in 1955. In the essay,

Being and Doing, he wrote the words

which appear on the cover of Shine

Winter 2012. “Happiness is not a

matter of intensity, but of balance

and order and rhythm and harmony.”

Merton’s point was that life cannot

be lived at a constant pace of peak

intensity—a life lesson that seems to

come with age and wisdom. He went on

to say, “Music is pleasing not only because

of the sound but because of the silence that

is in it: without the alternation of sound

and silence there would be no rhythm”.

these days balance is often used to

mean juggling, as in work/life balance,

but this quote from Merton points to

another kind of balance, in which we

choose to rest from one kind of action in

order to focus elsewhere.

this issue of Shine reflects balance in

the lives of individuals and groups who

are seizing opportunities to excel in areas

of passion, to try new things, to think

differently and to share with others.

our Village Views, special events

coverage and interviews with residents

paint a rich picture of our broader arV

family. our arV communities offer

the essential balance between services

and facilities, staff and residents,

independent and assisted living,

recreation and rest.

working on this edition certainly

reminded me of my life’s music. i hope

within the pages you find inspiration for

finding your own balance, order, rhythm

and harmony.

i would also like to take this

opportunity to acknowledge Lee Carter

who is moving on from her post as

Shine editor. thank you Lee for all your

dedication to this publication. we wish

you love and hope you continue to

shine. welcome to our new editor, Lea

Carswell, who has worked with arV on

several projects over the past years and

we hope she enjoys being part of our

talented Shine team.

Lisa Lunney

ARV Marketing &

Communications Manager

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or Shine Magazine, PO Box 284, Castle

Hill NSW 1765. Letters to the editor are

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must include the sender’s details.

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Winter 2012


3 shine Managing Editor

6 ARV Vision & Values

7 A R V M i n i s t r y

Your ARV

ARV services

8 Working hand in hand

ARV developments

10 Caddens Village

11 Warrina Village

ARV news

12 Sharing the Spirit

13 Village views

14 ARV March &

Commemoration 2012

18 Celebrating harmony

20 Building relationships

in Cambodia

22 Poem: summer Journey

24 giving that gives

back more...

ARV accommodation

70 Location map

72 independent living

74 goodwin Village

76 Lemongrove gardens

86 Assisted Living

88 Village directory

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14 36 48


Do, see, experience—

the world is waiting, with

adventures to be had,

new things to learn and

ways to get involved.


26 ozHarvest:

Waste not, want not

30 Rolling, rolling, rolling...


32 the future is... digital

32 A history of televisions

through time


34 gourmet Safaris:

the world on

your doorstep

36 Edith of the Antarctic


Be inspired, encouraged

and delighted by

personal stories.

Connect through shared

wisdom and experience.

One minute with

25 gweneth Bott

31 Betty Brown

65 Phil Payne

68 Joyce Mowbray

Christian community

42 dr Stephen Morris:

the least of these

45 Milanka Zlatar:

From the other side

My story

48 Eileen Ellis:

A life of contrasts


51 Heartfelt—Alma dawson

& Hilda Perkins

52 A privileged position



Explore the new, the

exotic and the challenging.

Experiment with doing

things differently—the

possibilities are endless.

Health & fitness

54 Janette Bonner:

it’s all about balance


56 Recycled art: Everything

old is new again

59 Bill Swinbourne:

the eye of the tiger


60 Healthy breakfasts

on the run

62 Recipes


66 the shine crossword

67 numbers Puzzle,

Fill-in Word

90 Puzzle solutions

I call Australia home—

I have lived here twice

as long as I lived in

my former country. I

started my own life here.

Milanka Zlatar CHRiStiAn CoMMunity, PAgE 45

Photos left–right ARV March & Commemoration 2012;

Edith Crowne; Eileen Ellis; Janette Bonner; Milanka Zlatar.




ARV StAtEMEnt oF ViSion & VALuES

Vision: Creating Communities of Christian Care.

Mission: Motivated by God’s love through Christ, we

will provide care and service that promotes wellbeing

and enriches the lives of older people.

Values: We will seek to work together in a manner

that reflects God’s love, best demonstrated in the

example of Jesus Christ, in order to meet the physical,

social, spiritual and emotional needs of our residents

and community clients. This is our Christian witness.

Winter 2012

An Anglican Retirement

Villages publication


Editorial enquiries

Advertising enquiries

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Servanthood Following

the example of Christ, who

came to serve and not be

served, we will focus on

achieving excellence in

service to our residents,

clients and staff.

Stewardship We will strive

to achieve excellence,

continually seeking means

for improvement and

innovation in our care and

services. Furthermore, we

will, with integrity, adopt



Lee Carter

Lea Carswell

Managing Editor

Lisa Lunney

Art Direction & Design

Katherine Hall,

Design & Opinion


Sarita England

Melanie Kell

Lea Carswell

Hannah Rowe

Rae Blackledge

Dorothy Lawrence

Mark Sharman

Lynda Kings

the highest standards of

ethical behaviour in all

our practices: care, legal,

financial, environmental and

all business practices.

People We will place a

high value on honesty and

mutual respect. We will

strive to see our people

fulfilled through the creation

of work environments where

openness, communication,

teamwork, learning and

safety are paramount.

Shine is published by Anglican Retirement Villages (ARV), a not-for-profit provider of retirement

living and aged care facilities and services in Sydney, NSW. ARV comes under the governance of the

Anglican Diocese of Sydney. ©2012 Anglican Retirement Villages, PO Box 284, Castle Hill NSW 1765.

Shine is a trademark owned by Anglican Retirement Villages.


Alex Craig

Sue Murray

Indigo Francis

Edith Crowne


Production Manager

Hannah Rowe


Lindsay Yates Group


ARV MiniStRy

SsoMe peopLe HaVe amazing physical

balance. in June 1859, the famous

tightrope walker, Blondin, crossed

niagara Falls on an 1100 ft rope. Later,

with increased daring, he crossed while

riding a bicycle, walking on stilts and

pushing a wheelbarrow (though, not all

at once). Finally, he carried his manager

across in a back harness!

such crossings have been banned

since 1896 but a young american man,

nik wallenda, has obtained permission

to attempt a crossing later this year. with

an estimated 185,000 live spectators

and a global audience of 400 million via

Discovery Channel, the event is expected

to generate Us$120M. Clearly good

physical balance can pay off!

Balance in life is much bigger than

physical balance or even mental and

emotional balance.

it is now widely accepted that the

spiritual dimension is part of being

human. respected writer, McKinlay,

said, ‘care of the spirit is not an optional

1 McKinlay ‘Spiritual

Growth and Care

in the Fourth

Stage of Life’

JKP 2006, p.17

When someone says, ‘Watch your

balance!’ we immediately think

of physical balance but what else

do we need to consider? What of

our spiritual life? Is this real or

imaginary, important or peripheral?

extra’ 1 . research indicates that most

people are aware of being on a spiritual

journey, seeking answers to the ultimate

questions of life and searching for

meaning and purpose. the nature of

this spirituality will vary. For some it

may have no religious dimension at all;

for others it will be expressed through a

devout personal faith in God.

arV is committed to holistic care: care

of the body, mind and spirit. we believe

that the spiritual dimension of life is very

important, especially in our latter years

when we often reflect upon what life is all

about. Here we always respect the views

of others, but we are unapologetically

Christian, believing that the Christian

faith makes the best sense of our world,

of life and of death. we want people to

consider Christ and his claims, to think

about his life, death and resurrection,

and to embrace the hope for eternity that

he offers to those who trust him as their

Lord and saviour.

as we strive to live a well balanced

life, we must not ignore our spiritual life.

it’s an essential part of our humanity.

nurture your spiritual life, make it a

growth area and please don’t neglect to

consider Christ who ‘loved us and gave

his life for us’ (Galatians 2:20).

Archdeacon Terry dein

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ARV services

Last year 39 per cent of single people over 64 in

Australia were living below the income poverty

line —and many struggle with dementia. As a

Christian organisation that serves older people,

ARV is doing something practical to help.

words AdAPtEd WitH PERMiSSion FRoM An ARtiCLE

APPEARing in southern Cross, APRiL 2012

Photo SuE MuRRAy

Working hand in hand

arV is reaCHinG out to the

community to support people with

affordable accommodation options

and parish links. it’s all part of the

‘Broadening access’ initiative, developed

last year when arV’s Board determined

to be more intentional about providing

services to people who are less well off.

one of the services that arV has

already implemented within the

initiative is to make independent

living units available on a rental basis,

without the need for an upfront financial

contribution. arV plans to offer 100 of

its 1,800 existing independent living

units, from sydney to the illawarra, on

this basis. the organisation is looking

to develop more too, with a search

underway for a suitable village site in the

Blacktown-Doonside area.

ross pendlebury, arV’s company

secretary, tells the story of a woman who

had lived in a boarding house for many

years. “she hadn’t had her own bathroom

for 17 years,” he said. “she was going to be

evicted from the boarding house and we

were able to offer her a unit in one of our

villages. she broke down in tears that she

could have something so lovely.”

accoMModation for those at risk

arV is aLso implementing a service

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for people who are really doing it tough.

the organisation has just bought the

old thurles Castle Hotel in Chippendale

which, when renovated, will provide

accommodation for up to 16 older people

at risk of homelessness. they will live

independently with an arV staff member

visiting daily to provide a midday meal

and connect residents to other services.

(One lady) hadn’t had her own

bathroom for 17 years... we were

able to offer her a unit in one of our

villages. She broke down in tears that

she could have something so lovely.

Ross Pendlebury

ross pendlebury said people are

referred for a variety of reasons. “often

people’s rents are going up so much

they just can’t afford it. For others,

their circumstances change, there’s

been a breakdown in a relationship and

they find themselves on the brink of

homelessness—or already homeless.”

sheryl plunkett, arV’s community

services manager for southern sydney,

is excited about how the service will

support people both physically and

Right Joy Piele

(left) and Alicia


We’ll have someone who can encourage people to come

out and socialise. In a boarding house or a bigger building,

do you even know your neighbour? Sheryl Plunkett

socially. “we’ll have someone who

can encourage people to come out

and socialise. in a boarding house or a

bigger building, do you even know your


arV’s initial focus for this project will

be on properties in the inner city where

there is a concentration of older people at

risk of homelessness. in time, arV hopes

to expand the initiative to other parts of

sydney as well.

Partnering with Parishes

anotHer eLeMent oF arV’s

Broadening access initiative is a new

partnership with local parishes to

provide a respite service for dementia

carers. these services, offering care

for people with dementia at local

church facilities, have already begun in

partnership with the anglican parishes of

Dapto and Mittagong.

arV is now in discussion with another

three parishes in western sydney and

hopes to see more services start up in

the illawarra as well as in the Canterbury

Bankstown area.

of the partnership, ross said, “the

exciting thing about the parish partnership

is we’re providing a service that the

community needs, in the name of God, and

doing that in partnership with the Church”.


suPPort in


ARV has launched a community service

to assist elderly people in lower socio-

economic areas who are waiting on

government funded home assistance.

Julie Butler, ARV’s Community

Manager, said the program was

launched in november last year and

there are now ten people in Blacktown

benefiting from the service.

“there are many people in the

community who have been approved

for aged care assistance but are waiting

for it to be funded. in the meantime,

they’re living on their own and often

relying on neighbours for support. if

they don’t receive the help they need,

these people often end up being

moved into residential accommodation

because they can’t cope alone.

“We asked the Blacktown Aged Care

Assessment team (ACAt) to refer ten

people from their waiting list and we

now provide those people with four

to five hours’ service each week. the

ACAt team is immensely grateful, as are

the people receiving assistance from

ARV while they wait.

one lady named Joy was hospitalised

last year after a series of falls. She

received short term assistance through

Anglicare but, when that service

concluded, she had to care for herself.

ARV Community Services Coordinator,

Vilomena ilisabeta, said Joy has no

family contact and suffers from several

medical disorders. “Joy has bipolar

disorder, has a depressive illness and

suffers from a heart condition. now,

each week, an ARV carer visits Joy to

take her shopping or to appointments

or to generally help out. this has really

made a difference to Joy—she needed

that assistance and the contact.”

Julie said it’s wonderful to be able to

provide this service to people who

really need it. “these people aren’t in a

position to pay for care; it’s great to be

able to give back to the community.”

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ARV developments

caddens: arv’s newest village

ARV has announced plans to develop a village of 160 homes in

Caddens, one of Sydney’s newest suburbs, located near Penrith,

to meet the needs of an expanding, ageing Sydney population.

words MELAniE KELL

RreaDy to Downsize but maintain

your independent lifestyle, with

connections to the Blue Mountains and

the rural tranquility of outer sydney?

architect drawings for arV Caddens

depict a mix of single storey modern,

semi-detached villa style homes with one,

two and three bedrooms, connected by a

new road, which leads to the brand new

suburb of Caddens. the arV village will

include a large community centre with a

cafe, health services, a chapel, computer

room, library and residents’ workshop as

well as a bowling green and pool.

Caddens residents will enjoy the

peace and tranquility of their village

and will have plenty of space in private

landscaped gardens, quiet seating spots,

entertainment areas shaded by deciduous

trees and canopies of vines and pergolas.

Above Artist’s

impression of the

community centre

at ARV Caddens.

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with Kingswood station just 1.2km away

and penrith CBD 2.5km to the north-west,

there will be plenty of options for activity

outside the village as well.

arV’s Development Manager, peter

Magnisalis, says that, “Caddens will

be a vibrant community with plenty

of open green space and a diverse

community of people.

“our village borders the University

of western sydney, an existing

residential area, and the new suburb

of Caddens, which is currently being

developed by Landcom. right alongside

arV’s new homes is our new assisted

living community, newmarch House.

altogether we’ll have the full spectrum

of the community —from young families

through to students and seniors,” he said.

stage one, which comprises 30–40

units, is expected to get underway in

early 2013.

For more information

For more information about

ARV Caddens: phone 1300 111 278

or email

All residents will enjoy a pleasant outlook from inside their

rooms and some will have direct access to the gardens.

Warrina village gets a make-over

Private landscaped gardens, naturally lit living

spaces, private ensuites and freshly painted rooms

with a choice of finishes, are all part of the grand plan

for a major renovation at Warrina Village.

words MELAniE KELL


warrina ViLLaGe at arV in Castle

Hill is 40 years old and about to undergo

a major facelift. By the time the works are

completed in 2014 the residents’ lounge

and cafe will be repositioned to catch the

sun, overlooking landscaped gardens,

while the servery will be moved to the

western side of the building.

amber Vega, Facility Manager at

warrina Village, said the renovations are

welcome. “warrina Village was designed

and constructed in the seventies. since

then arV’s care philosophy has changed,

as have our residents’ needs. when the

renovations are complete, every resident

will have a private ensuite.”

with each wing of the village

positioned among private gardens,

amber said all residents will enjoy a

pleasant outlook from inside their rooms

and some will have direct access to the

gardens. indoors, new technology will

deliver access to computers, private

phones and digital television.

arV launched the renovation concept

with a display room at warrina Village:

residents and their family members

enjoyed a private viewing and were then

asked to provide feedback. residents can

choose from a selection of colours and

finishes for their new accommodation.

works start in august and will be

managed wing by wing, enabling

residents to remain in the village

throughout the process. the transformed

warrina Village will accommodate 129

residents, and will be better equipped for

residents as they age.

Above A new bedroom on display.

Above Artist’s impression of the new-look residents’ cafe.

For more information

For more information about

Warrina Village: phone 1300 111 278

or email

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ARV news

sharing the spirit

O Come All Ye Faithful, ARV’s inspiring Christmas Event for

2011, involved almost 2000 of the ARV family (residents, clients,

staff, family and friends) in its production and presentation.

words doRotHy LAWREnCE

TtHe eVent ran seamlessly over two

days at woolooware shores and Castle

Hill—many months of planning, creating

and perfecting, undertaken by the team,

and the arV Foundation were more than

rewarded. Meet the team of residents and

staff that made Christmas and a whole

range of other events so enjoyable.

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I’m very fortunate to work with a great team, both

in Property and in Share the Spirit. Working for the

residents is hugely motivating. Stephen Hawkins,

ARV Property Manager, Castle Hill

Men’s workshoPs:

It keeps life interesting...

the Men’s workshops have all been

building, painting and staging for a range

of events. resident Maurice Green of

Castle Hill says, “i’m not sure what they

will want next. these events always keep

life interesting.”

sandy Burrage/Mary eMerton/

colin stewart:

Yes, of course we can make that!

with an idea, jigsaw and a new staple gun,

the team set to work bringing Bethlehem

Central to life with shepherds, onlookers

and families. “we had fun working

together on our ‘people’; such a joint

effort, working with Colin from iLU

and Mary from our hostel. anything is

possible when the team works together,”

said Flinders Dt sandy Burrage.

kate elliott:

You’re bringing the whole village?

Buses, drivers, traffic, and timing are

all part of the job for Kate elliott from

arV Head office. anything to do with

transport is left for her, and when Kate

tells you that everyone is invited, she

means it! “For O Come All Ye Faithful,

Mary andrews Village asked if the whole

village could come, and of course we

said yes! arV General Manager, eric

aldeguer, made several trips there and

back; it was wonderful.”

stePhen hawkins:

Working for the residents is

hugely motivating

“in arV property my usual job is

building, advising and planning, but

as part of the share the spirit team,

wow, it’s about Bethlehem, brass

Below, left–right Feeding the masses;

Jim Holgate, Ian Searle, Rae Blackledge,

Stephen Hawkins and Kate Elliott in costume;

Team South gets into character.

bands, donkeys and so much more,”

says stephen Hawkins, arV property

Manager, who plans and coordinates all

logistics. it’s an extraordinarily detailed

brief. “i’m very fortunate to work with a

great team, both in property and in share

the spirit. working for the residents is

hugely motivating.”

teaM south:

They said they were bringing Christmas

down; we didn’t realise at first how much of

Christmas they were bringing with them!

with success at Christmas 2010, the plan

was to take Christmas south for 2011 and

the wws team created an exceptional

event. “overall, it was a great experience,

and yes, we are looking forward to

working together for next year,” says

manager peter Crawshaw.

rae Blackledge/ian searle:

Sometimes she thinks of an idea, and I

shake my head and think how on earth...

talent shows, art shows, anzaC and

Christmas events and even Village

Village views

News & happenings

Musical at

woolooware shores

the many talents of

Woolooware Shores were

again on display recently

as residents presented a

much-applauded musical.

the cast, crew and all

residents built the set and

sang and danced their

way through a highly

enjoyable and professional

production. Playing for

two nights, the show

attracted an audience of


“Everyone involved

had a ball. it was a really

great show and a credit to

those involved in making it

happen,” said independent

Living units Coordinator

Karen French.

kingerlee lodge oPen

for everyone

originally a standalone

house, Kingerlee lodge

as part of nuffield

independent Living

units has had a major

renovation and is now

ready for everyone to

enjoy. Kingerlee includes

the resident Art group and

Computer Club, as well as

now housing a clinic and

offices. Residents and staff

are thrilled with the work.

Mixed nuts

Still going, still singing and

still entertaining audiences,

the Mixed nuts have

Games are some of the events inspired

by this team. “it’s all part of the job,”

says Village Manager ian searle. “yes,

i am a village manager, but if there are

ways i can keep residents engaged,

happy and motivated, then that is also

part of my job. the tricky part is when,

sometimes, rae thinks of an idea, and i

shake my head and think how on earth

are we going to make that happen? But

somehow, we do!”

released their first dVd at

a festive launch. new nut

Leaders Lillian Edwards

and Susan Bloom praised

the group and their long

history of outreach and

performances. Everyone

enjoyed some singing from

the group and even dancing

led by ARV’s Rob Freeman

and Eric Aldeguer.

Long time nut,

david Laing (Warrina

independent Living units)

said, “the Mixed nuts is a

wonderful group. i hope

we will remain singing for

many more years to come.”

Your views

If you have an event you’d

like included in the next

edition of Shine, please

send the details to or Shine

Magazine, PO Box 284,

Castle Hill NSW 1765.

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ARV news

March & Commemoration 2012

The spirit was high and the weather

perfect for the 3rd Annual ARV March and

Commemoration, supported by ARV Foundation.


fallen comrades


Photos SuE MuRRAy

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arV resiDent peter Jones, who

served with the 7th Machine Gun

Battalion in new Guinea, led this

year’s lively parade with his wife

sybil, and flanked by 15 of their great

grandchildren. they wouldn’t miss it.

residents, families and friends

marched in the parade, cheered on by

students of local secondary schools.

nearby, alexander Fraser said it was

a special day, and despite the walk

getting harder, he wouldn’t miss it. Len

scaysbrook waved to the crowds, and

reiterated how important these days

were, both for the old soldiers and for the

younger people.

sherwin titus from Baulkham Hills

secondary College read an oration on the

theme of anzaC that was moving and

thoughtful. students from Gilroy College,

which sends its year seven students each

year, laid a wreath with residents of arV.

resident Ken Marjason then spoke,

calling for a day of peace. Ken served in

the north sea, the north atlantic and

the Mediterranean and was awarded a

Distinguished service Cross for gallantry.

“we seemed to be involved in every

action,” he said. “it was very, very

stressful. 1943 was the worst year. in

the first 10 days of March, 41 allied ships

were sunk. in the following 10 days

another 43 were sunk.”

It’s a special day—even though the walk is getting harder, I

wouldn’t miss it. Alexander Fraser

Residents, families

and friends marched

in the parade, cheered

on by students of local

secondary schools.

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ARV news

March & Commemoration 2012

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We seemed to be involved in every action. It was very,

very stressful. 1943 was the worst year. Ken Marjason

(who has a Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry).

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ARV news

Out & about

Harmony Day, on 21 March each year, is a day when

all Australians celebrate our cultural diversity.


Photos SuE MuRRAy

celebrating diversity,

participation, tradition

and harmony

HarMony Day GiVes people the

opportunity to celebrate what makes

each australian unique and to share what

we have in common.

the continuing message for Harmony

Day in 2012 is that Everyone Belongs. it’s

a time to reflect on where australia has

come from, recognising the traditional

owners of this land. it’s also about

community participation, inclusiveness

and respect—celebrating the different

cultures that make australia a great

place to live.

arV embraced Harmony Day asking

villages to produce posters recognising

the diversity of cultures of staff and

residents. the art works, many made by

the residents, were outstanding; in total

arV has over 140 different nationalities

amongst staff and residents. events and

parties involved displays of dress, some

fabulous food tastings, and exhibitions

of varied cultural treasures like musical

instruments, dance and singing.

at Brian King Gardens, volunteer Jyoti

provided indian cooking lessons and

henna tattooing for the residents. the

staff then enjoyed their own taste of

Harmony Luncheon.

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Events and parties involved

displays of dress, some fabulous

food tastings, and exhibitions

of varied cultural treasures

like musical instruments, dance

and singing.

the Donald Coburn Centre hosted

an expo highlighting the 34 countries

represented in this village alone. amid

food, fun and fanfare performances

were applauded and national dresses

admired. Manager Charlotte tily cut

the celebration cake, thrilled to see

her village embracing the idea that

Everyone Belongs.

Villages winston Lodge and

woodberry won the poster competition

and are already planning for bigger and

better next year.

Clockwise from top left: ARV staff and

residents at Brian King Gardens; Celebrating

at Donald Coburn Centre; Charlotte Tily,

Manager at Donald Coburn Centre; Henna

hands at Brian King Gardens.

It’s a time to reflect on where

Australia has come from, recognising

the traditional owners of this land.

Harmony Day gives people

the opportunity to celebrate

what makes each Australian

unique and to share what

we have in common. The

continuing message for

Harmony Day in 2012 is that

Everyone Belongs.

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ARV news

Out & about

Building relationships

in cambodia

Support from ARV residents is helping the

elderly in Cambodia enjoy a better quality of life.

words MELAniE KELL

Photos indigo FRAnCiS

Ttwo GroUps oF arV residents and staff

have developed outreach projects for

newly found friends in Cambodia.

one project is at Cambodia’s only

retirement village, located in Cham Bak,

two hours south east of phnom penh.

traditionally the elderly have lived with

their families or in pagodas with the

monks. But with families travelling for

work, amid immense poverty, many of

the elderly find themselves having to live

on the streets.

it costs nothing for the residents to

live in the retirement village where the

only paid staff member is a cook. there

are no nurses, no roof on the community

centre and no medicines to dispense. rae

Blackledge, project Manager arV, visited

with her daughters in January. “My girls

and i will never forget our time at the

village; the smiles and the hugs, and

their generosity to us!”

sandy Burrage, Diversional therapist

from Flinders Village, with her residents

and other arV friends, have raised over

$1,000 to support the village. “aged care

need not stop at borders,” says sandy.

Meanwhile, residents from arV’s

woolooware shores and st Lukes recently

raised $3,000 to provide housing for

poor families in Cambodia. David young,

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With families

travelling for work,

amid immense poverty,

many of the elderly find

themselves having to

live on the streets.

one of arV’s Building Managers, went

there with his family to build houses

with the Christian organisation, tabitha

Cambodia. even his children helped

with the building—as well as taking time

out to play with the local kids. “we took

frisbees and balls. there was no common

language but the kids still enjoyed

playing together.”

Community elders decide on who

will have the houses according to needs

and David said the appreciation of the

recipients was over-whelming.

Clockwise from top left: Rae Blackledge and Vuthy

Kim outside the village he started; David Young, his

family and the team with the Cambodian recipients of

one of the houses; A happy resident; Rae Blackledge

with residents; Completed houses looking across the

rice paddies; A typical house.

We took frisbees and balls. There was no

common language but the kids still enjoyed

playing together. David Young

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Shine poetry competition winner

Summer Journey by Patricia Hilder

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Brown, parched paddocks,

Even the gums look lifeless—


In the blazing noonday sun;

On the dusty roadside

A few golden daisies

Defy the summer drought

And brightly bloom,

Their cheeky faces

A reassuring patch of colour

In this thirsty, sun dried land.

A little further north

A fleeting rain shower;

Briefly cooling, a respite

From this relentless, summer heat,

But useless to this dried up land,

No solace for the wizened trees—

Just a momentary freshening

Of the heavy hot, dry air.

Then as evening softly falls

Across the wide sweep of the downs

Across the shadowy plains

On the horizon we see the lightning—

Great sheets and jagged flashes—

Lighting the sky like Royal fireworks

Too far away to hear the thunder

That could bring life-giving rain.

And we wonder as we travel on

When will the drought break?

When will the good rains fall again?

When will the land be green again

And the trees regain their pride?

But for now there’s only

The brave little daisy

Blooming in the ditch

On the dusty roadside

To defy our climate’s cruel whims

And be a golden talisman

Of hope.

The entries to our Shine poetry competition showed just how brightly our residents can shine,

unearthing lots of poetic talent and inimical style. Thank you to everyone who submitted poems.

Congratulations to our winner, Patricia Hilder (From Woolooware Shores), and to our runners-up,

Ron Armstrong (From Woolooware Shores) and Dorothy Turnbull (Donald Robinson Village).

Be not dismayed if you didn’t win; perhaps our new Shine competition will better suit your skills.

Shine gourmet safari


Do you love food? In Sydney we have access

to hundreds of styles of food from around the

world. What is the best community recipe you

have ever seen?

Thanks to Maeve O’Meara’s Gourmet Safaris

(read our story on page 34–35), we have a

Sydney Gourmet Safari for two people valued

at $230 (the value of a walking tour for two) to

give away to the reader who submits the best

recipe that comes from another culture.

You can enter a recipe, or a recipe plus photos.

send your entries to:

By mail—Shine Magazine, Anglican Retirement Villages, PO Box 284, Castle Hill

NSW 1765. Entries can be hard copy or on a disc, and must be accompanied by

this entry form (cut-out or photocopied). If you wish to have your entry returned,

please provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

By email—send to, including your name, address and phone

number, and your entry as an attachment (Word or Text file). Images should be

attached as separate jpeg files (not embedded in a Word document) at a minimum

resolution of 200dpi. If you are not sure how to supply images in the correct

format, email for instructions.


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ARV news


giving that gives

back more …

Givers—they’re all around you. ARV has a large and diverse

range of Volunteers. They are comprised of individuals

from the local area, ARV residents, school groups, family

members, corporate groups and other local organisations.

ARV staff also enjoy volunteering during their free time.

words MARK SHARMAn &

LyndA KingS

at arV, we think volunteering is

‘Giving that gives back more’. it is well

known that a volunteer’s gift of time

and energy creates a positive effect for

their community and contributes to a

vibrant and caring neighbourhood. it’s

not surprising to us at arV, volunteers

visibly play an important role in

enhancing the quality of our resident’s

lives. you can draw on your talents,

skills and experience to contribute to the

wellbeing of our arV community.

the benefits for an arV Volunteer

are also significant. you can discover a

great sense of achievement and purpose

in what you do while assisting staff

and residents and becoming a valued

member of the Volunteer team. the

added bonus is gaining new friends and

confidence while learning new skills.

Volunteers assist with one-to-one

visits, go on group outings to interesting

places, help with music, craft groups,

indoor bowls, driving buses, in the garden

and many more activities. Help low vision

groups with reading and writing letters.

assist with leisure activities. Help with

other things including the computer

club, listening library or kiosk. the

opportunities are endless!

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The one thing we hear

all the time is “I get back

more than I give”.

arV also welcomes corporate

volunteering and can work with your

organisation to design employee

volunteering projects and activities to suit

small or large groups. all arV Volunteers

receive training and ongoing support from

arV Volunteer co-ordinators.

the one thing we hear all the time is “i

get back more than i give”.

Any takers?

If you’d like to be an ARV volunteer

or would like more information,


or call Lynda Kings on 9421 5443.

We can send you a Volunteering Kit

containing everything you need to

know about volunteering with ARV.

Above Jyoti Gokani

came to Australia

from India in 1986

with her husband and

two small children.

After her children

married and settled

she thought, “it gives

me great pleasure,

happiness and

satisfaction” being

an ARV Volunteer.

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goWRiE ViLLAgE goRdon

Photo ALEx CRAig

My earliest memory is…

the night before my 4th

birthday. My parents were

decorating above my bed as i

slept. A balloon fell, hit my nose

and woke me up. i have never

forgotten that.

If I had any regret it would be…

that my boyfriend, Bill, was killed

during the war. He was in the

Air force and flew in England.

they were in a raid, and two

Lancasters crashed. He is buried

in France.

When World War II ended…

i was in Sydney but i don’t

remember much about that

day—i did not dwell on it

because i knew that Bill was

not coming back, even though

he was posted as Missing and

his mother always believed he

would return.

When I was young I wanted to

be… i don’t think i wanted to be

anything! After the war i was

very unhappy. i thought i would

like to go to England as my dad

had told me so much about it

after being there during the First

World War. i got a wonderful job

there doing secretarial work.

In the holidays…

my mother and i used to go to

Singleton, where she and dad

came from.

The invention that has had

the most impact in my life… is

the television—there’s always

something to look at.

In my lifetime something that

has disappeared…

is the typewriter. i did a lot of

typing and used to love it.

The coldest I have ever felt…

is when i first went to England

to work. i had a room in a funny

little flat with no heating. i

warmed up in my landlady’s little

sitting room—she had the one

and only fire.

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Waste not,

want not

Below OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn.

Photo by Jeff Camden/Newspix

Whether it is food on a restaurant’s buffet that

we know will be thrown out, or leftover food

from a big family dinner—it just seems wrong

to throw out food when others are going hungry.

Ronni Kahn, founder of OzHarvest, decided to

do something about it.

words SARitA EngLAnd


soMe eiGHt years ago, ronni founded

ozHarvest following a period of selfexamination

about her own life.

“i had reached a point where i wanted

to find meaning beyond just earning

money for the sake of having more

money. not that i had made a fortune,

but i had food on my table and a roof over

my head and two healthy sons—so what

more did i need? what really motivated

me was the notion that i had everything

so what more could i do?”

the answer was to use her

organisational skills and her knowledge

of the food and catering industry and to

establish ozHarvest, an award-winning,

non-denominational charity that

rescues excess food and distribute it to

charities supporting the vulnerable in

sydney, Canberra, newcastle, adelaide

and Brisbane.

in november 2004, ozHarvest put one

van on the road and delivered its first load

of food. in that first month of operation

some 4,000 meals were delivered.

ronni had spent months researching

the best way to source excess food,

redistribute it and to convince suppliers

that it was safe to give away. she has

also recruited many willing to volunteer

and others whose donations help fund

the work.

the food comes from a huge variety

of sources—but ronni says it is never

food that has been left on people’s

plates at a function! “we get a huge

variety of fresh and cooked foods, fruit,

vegetables, cereal, fresh and cooked

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Since it began,

OzHarvest has provided

close to 12 million meals

and rescued more than

3.5 million tonnes of food

from landfill.

Clockwise from top left One of the

distinctive OzHarvest vans; worker Albert

receives a donation; Ronni Kahn in front of

one of the vans; worker Bob unloading.

Photos courtesy OzHarvest

the seven

deadly food

Wastage sins

These facts and figures

from the OzHarvest

website are terrifying

because they are true.

Even in a rich country

like Australia, many

people are not able to

eat regularly.


1 million Australian

children go to

school without

breakfast, or they go

to bed without dinner.

this need not be

the case.


Australians throw

away almost 3

million tonnes of food

worth $5.2 billion a

year, with the average

household wasting

$616 of food (or 136kgs

per person) each year.

3 Australians

discard up to 20%

of the food they

purchase. that is equal

to 1 out of every 5 bags

of groceries bought.

I had food on my table and a roof over my head... what

more did I need? What motivated me was the notion that

I had everything so what more could I do? Ronni Kahn


10% of

greenhouse gas

emissions in rich

countries come from

growing food that is

never eaten.


the rich countries

have nearly twice

as much food as is

required by the

nutritional needs of

their populations.


Less than a

quarter of the

food that is wasted in

rich countries would

feed the world’s one

billion hungry people.


Bread and other

cereal products

thrown away in

households alone would

be enough to lift 30

million of the world’s

hungry out of


meat, whole salmon, fresh wagyu beef

or Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream—all within

the expiry date.”

ozHarvest receives donations from

top lawyers and accountants, schools

and coffee shops, hotels such as the

Four seasons and the westin and food

companies such as Cadbury, Qantas

Flight Catering, supermarkets and

butchers. the 175 regular donors also

include institutions like the sydney eye

Hospital and the nsw parliament!

Just in case you were thinking of

donating the leftovers from the next

family function, ronni said, “we can

only accept food from professionally

catered events and licensed food

caterers—not individual homes.”

Donated food comes from a wide

variety of places, and is distributed to a

huge range of charities—around 240 in

the sydney and wollongong area. these

charities provide food for those escaping

domestic violence, the homeless, families

on low incomes and people going

through drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

ozHarvest sydney now has a fleet of 8

vehicles which delivers 266,000 meals a

month. ozHarvest delivers 333,000 meals

per month australia-wide with a fleet of

12 vans.

since it began, ozHarvest has provided

close to 12 million meals and rescued

more than 3.5 million tonnes of food

from landfill. all from the initiative of a

woman who wanted to “do something

more with my life.”

you can helP too

ozHarVest is aLways looking for

volunteers for all aspects of its work.

some volunteering includes database

work, logistics coordination and general

office work. other volunteers are involved

in raising awareness at produce markets

and expos, and driving and riding in the

food pick-up and delivery vans. it can be

as varied as helping out at special events

or washing out the food containers!

Find out more

If you are interested in becoming a

volunteer email,

visit or phone

02 9516 0587.

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donALd RoBinSon ViLLAgE

rolling, rolling, rolling …

Ron Wackwitz estimates that

he must have delivered literally

tens of thousands of meals since

he first volunteered with Meals

on Wheels in 1988.

Swords SARitA EngLAnd

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soMe 24 years later, ron, who lives

at Donald robinson Village, has only

recently cut back from volunteering three

days a week, and now hits the road just

once a week with his eskies full of meals.

in the early days he said a three-course

meal, supplied by the hospital, was

just $1.05, but that the quality was not

‘always the best’.

“i think some people just bought the

meal for the dog!” he laughs. today, he

said, the meals are of a very high standard,

and he often buys them for himself.

ron has met some characters over the

years, but recalls that one of the most

memorable was a lady who lived ‘out in

the backblocks’.

“she lived in a house on top of a hill,

and it was a 100 yard walk up to the

house. she had a fuel stove in the kitchen

and during the winter she would have

a tree branch going in the front door

to the lit fuel stove! one day i walked

up the drive at the same time as her

daughter. we knocked on the door, the

woman came out and all she had on

was a dressing gown wide-open and not

It helps people to remain

independent... people really

appreciate it. Ron Wackwitz

another stitch of clothing! the daughter

was horrified,” ron laughed.

of course not all of the people who

receive Meals on wheels are eccentric

or living on top of a hill. even so, they

may be feeling isolated and the contact

with kind volunteers is a real highlight,

in addition to the value of eating a wellbalanced,

carefully-prepared meal.

Meals on wheels began in Britain

during the second world war, and was

established in australia in 1952. sixty

years on, ron believes the demand for

it will continue, particularly as the aged

population steadily increases. “i think

it is a very important service. it helps

people to remain independent, and

people really appreciate it.”

Find out more

For information on volunteering

with Meals on Wheels, or to enquire

about the service, consult

or call 02 8219 4200.

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goWRiE ViLLAgE goRdon

Photo ALEx CRAig

My earliest memory is... biting

a little boy’s face after we had

moved to Coonabarabran, when

i was about three. i have no idea

why i did it. My mother bit my

arm so i would know how it felt!

When World War II broke out...

i was at my grandmother’s at

Lawson. My Mum said, “War

has been declared”. My first

reaction was, “Will dad have to

go?” When the war finished i

was working in o’Connell Street

in the city. the milkman’s horse

was getting upset as people

were throwing toilet paper out

of the windows to celebrate.

When I was young I wanted to

be… A nurse. i worked for the

Red Cross for 42 years as a

handicrafts teacher for disabled

people. i used to visit people in

their homes, and often i was the

only person, apart from their

family that they saw or could

talk to.

One of the things that has

changed the most over my

lifetime is… the use of the

telephone. We had a phone

where we lived in the country;

a party line. that was funny as

people would listen into your


The coldest I have ever felt... was

on the railway station at Lithgow

at about midnight. We used to

catch the Mudgee mail train to

go back to Coonabarabran.

In the holidays we went to...

Port Macquarie. By that time

Mum and dad had moved to

Quirindi and we would go for

a beach holiday. i also used to

go to dad’s parents in the Blue


My first car was... a second hand

Austin A40, which i got when i

was about 28.

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digitAL tV

the future is... digital

It started in 2001 and by 2013 it will be complete.

Digital television is rapidly being rolled out across

Australia—but what does that mean for your viewing?

words MELAniE KELL

AaroUnD tHe worLD people are

enjoying DVD-quality pictures, CD-quality

sound and a widescreen format thanks to

digital free-to-air television. Luxembourg

was the first country to make the switch

in 2006 and Finland, the netherlands,

sweden and the Usa followed.

in australia, we’ve had both digital

and analogue television since 2001 but

by 2013, we will only receive digital

television signals.

as well as enjoying better quality

vision and sound, you’ll have access to a

host of new free-to-air channels—already

the aBC, sBs, seven, nine and ten

networks have introduced high definition

digital channels via the digital system

called ‘Freeview’—and more will follow.

televisions through time


The GE Octagon sat on

a large RCA radio. Early

televisions only had

pictures, with sound via

a connected radio.

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The British Baird Model

C was one of the first

commercially available

television sets.


The French “Semivisor”

by Réné Barthélémy.

how can you receive digital


tHe CHanCes are that a recently

purchased television will be sold digitalready.

However, if your tV is a few years

old, it may not have an integrated digital

tuner. to check, simply see whether you

can receive aBC2 or sBs two. if you can,

you are already watching digital tV.

if not, you’ll need to consider one of

the following options:

•Attach a digital set-top box or a

digital video recorder to your existing


•Buy a new TV with an integrated digital

tV tuner; or

•If you have subscription television (such

as Foxtel), you may be ready to go.


The Ecko TA-201 cost

22 guineas—or around

$1600 in today’s prices.


The British Bush TV-12

was pre-tuned to

receive one channel.

As well as enjoying better quality vision

and sound, you’ll have access to a host of

new free-to-air channels.

conversion is easy

ConVersion to DiGitaL is relatively

simple although it’s wise to consult an

electronics retailer about the best way

to go. Find out about the australian

Government’s Household Assistance

Scheme to enable eligible australians to

be digital-ready.

get set for digital

a Host oF set-top boxes on the market

will get you ready for digital television,

plus allow you to download movies,

view photos and videos, and play music

with fantastic sound and high definition

optics. Here are just a few options:

1. aPPle tv

tHis tiny entertainMent device

lets you view high definition movies

from itunes, play music and stream your

own photos from your computer. when

integrated with airplay, you can also play

content from your ipad, iphone or ipod

touch. setup is relatively simple—just

plug the power cord into the wall and

connect the apple tV to your widescreen

tV using an HDMi cable.


A Canadian Rogers

Majestic television set.


Philco Black & White

portable television.

2. t Box

teLstra’s t-Box Lets you watch,

rewind and pause live free-to-air

television—you can even record one

program as you watch another, record

seven days in advance or an entire series.

Connecting with an eligible Bigpond

Broadband delivers free access to some

internet tV channels, movies-ondemand

and youtube. additionally, you

can watch your own videos, create photo

slideshows, play music and stream media

from your computer.

3. tivo

tiVo Lets yoU access Freeview channels,

enjoying high definition viewing through

your current tV. with intuitive controls

you can record, pause and rewind live

tV and access broadband entertainment

like on-demand movies and television.

other features include remote scheduling,

weather, games and more.

Find out more

For more information, visit


TV accessories such as video

recorders and remote controls had

become commonplace. This Curtis

Mathes TV is typical of the time.


Today’s standard is a flat-screen LCD.

High-definition, digital broadcasts and

Blu-ray players make it possible to

watch programmes in pin-sharp detail.

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the world on

your doorstep

Living in Australia, the rest of the

world can seem so far away—in

reality, much of it is right here to

experience on your doorstep.

words MELAniE KELL

Photos CouRtESy gouRMEt SAFARiS

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MaeVe o’Meara speCiaLises in

bringing the cultures of the world into

the everyday lives of australians. Her

gourmet tours of sydney began 13 years

ago when she was a young mother. “i

took women from my mothers’ group

to a Lebanese restaurant in punchbowl.

i asked the owner to talk to us about

his culture and his food and my friends

loved the experience,” says Maeve. “it

grew from there.”

today Maeve’s company, Gourmet

safaris, introduces people to cuisines

from Greece in Marrickville, italy in

Haberfield, portugal in petersham and

Vietnam in Cabramatta—just to list a few.

she has guides for every destination who

are passionate about their culture and

eager to share their knowledge.

according to Maeve, “they’re often

the children of migrants to australia.

their parents brought their food from

across the world but it’s the next

generation that wants to share it.”

“it’s so lovely to see the two turkish

sisters in auburn showing off their

culture— they’re funny and they really

look forward to meeting our groups…

then we have a Korean cooking teacher

who takes us through eastwood, with

Right Bill from

Real Turkish

Delight in Auburn.

lots of tips on ingredients and easy ways

to prepare Korean food.”

within sydney, Gourmet safaris takes

groups to explore specific areas as well

as tours of many different suburbs, and

cultures, in one day.

“if we’re visiting a suburb, we typically

meet in a restaurant where we are

welcomed by a guide talking about the

local culture and food. then we walk the

suburb, drop into the baker, an emporium,

a cheese specialist, and so on, all the time

hearing about ingredients, preparation

techniques and unique flavours. we

return to the restaurant for lunch, then

head somewhere else for sweets.”

“it’s a pilgrimage that’s all about

delicious food and over the day we only

go to the most authentic places that are

the best of the best—so we experience a

beautiful build-up of flavours.”

Right Raspberry

Souffle from Patisse

in Waterloo.

oZharvest aMBassador

as weLL as running Gourmet safaris,

developing television series and writing

cooking books, Maeve o’Meara is an

ambassador for the australian charity

ozHarvest, which collects fresh left over

food from restaurants and providores

and distributes it to homeless people (see

article on page 26).

“ozHarvest is a fabulous initiative. a

lot of care and love goes into making food

and if there’s something left over, it is

heartbreaking to think that it might end

Right Classic Italian

minestrone soup.

It’s a pilgrimage that’s all about

delicious food and over the day…

we experience a beautiful build-up

of flavours. Maeve O’Meara

Left Exotic fruits on

sale from a Vietnamese

greengrocer in Cabramatta.

up as landfill, especially when there is

increasing need.

“enabling someone who has been

living on the street to sit down and enjoy

beautiful healthy food, cooked properly,

encourages such a sense of dignity.”

Win a Gourmet Safari!

Enter the Shine Gourmet Safari competition for

your chance to win a Sydney Gourmet Safari for

two people valued at $230 (the value of a walking

tour for two). For details see page 23.

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arv rEsidEnt, rohini villagE

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Below The Adelie penguins at

Cape Adare showed no fear of

their human visitors.

“Pristine, unique

and breathtakingly

beautiful,” is how Rohini

resident Edith Crowne

describes Antarctica

and she should know,

having visited it three

times—including a trip

in December last year to

mark the centenary of

Mawson’s expedition.

words SARitA EngLAnd

Photos & caPtions EditH CRoWnE


of the Antarctic

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EditH CRoWnE

ARV RESidEnt, RoHini ViLLAgE

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antarCtiCa is tHe

world’s windiest, coldest

and driest continent and is

considered to be a desert.

Despite all that, for edith

Crowne, “it is a place unspoilt by

humanity—and may that ever be so!

nature is in control and humans have to

fit in.”

edith decided she had to see

antarctica for herself after reading

the account of shackleton, his ship

‘endurance’ and his battle with this

frozen continent.

Having travelled to 39 countries, africa

is the only continent yet to be visited by

edith. she did a lot of travelling in the

UK, europe and asia with her husband,

as well as trekking with him in nepal.

“since my husband died in 2000 i

have been to scandinavia, around the

scottish islands, svalbard, Greenland,

iceland and right across the north east

passage to alaska. i’ve travelled on the

trans siberian railway from China and

across the Gobi Desert to Mongolia,

where i slept in a ger with a Mongolian

family. i have also visited Moscow and st

petersburg, and have travelled to peru to

Below left In rubber zodiacs Edith floated

amongst these amazing ice formations.

Below The tabular ice bergs looked as though

they had been carved with a gigantic knife.

We were able to see how

these early explorers lived…

It was amazing to see all

their equipment still lying

there, and even provisions

such as tinned food.

Edith Crowne

see Machu picchu, as well, of course, as

my three times to antarctica.”

on edith’s first antarctic trip in 2005

she went with the aim of following

ernest shackleton’s journey as he led

his men to safety after the sinking of

‘endurance’. in 2008 she was off to the

ross sea to visit the historic huts still

standing. “we stopped at Borchgrevink’s

hut at Cape adare, shackleton’s hut at

Cape royds, scott’s hut at Cape evans

and also scott’s hut at Discovery point on

ross island.”

as they were accompanied by

someone from the antarctica Heritage

trust—who held the key to each of

these huts—they had the rare privilege

of going inside what are virtual time

capsules, the contents preserved in the

icy temperatures. “we were able to see

how these early explorers lived,” edith

said. “it was amazing to see all their

equipment still lying there, and even

provisions such as tinned food.”

It is a place unspoilt by humanity—and

may that ever be so! Nature is in control and

humans have to fit in. Edith Crowne

Above Provisions and clothing

left inside Shackleton’s hut

after his ‘Nimrod’ expedition.



In Mawson’s time, an

expedition to Antarctica was

nothing less than heroic. A

century later, it’s possible

to explore the great frozen

continent in comfort and style.

december 2, 2011 marked 100

years since the first Australian

expedition to Antarctica

including, famously, the intrepid

geologist, douglas Mawson.

His bid to chart the virgin

territory of East Antarctica

turned to tragedy with the

death of his companions,

leaving Mawson in a blizzard,

100 miles from base. Mawson

made it back, only to discover

his ship had sailed—and he was

to endure yet another freezing

winter on the ice.

Mawson’s Huts at Commonwealth

Bay on Antarctica are now

preserved for history. Each year

many tourists travel to the area

as part of organised expeditions,

usually accompanied by ice or

wildlife experts.

Melanie Kell

edith’s most recent trip was to mark

the centenary of Mawson’s expedition,

earlier this year, but unfortunately thick

ice prevented the group from reaching

the hut. “only eight weeks before,” edith

said, “i had visited the arctic. there,

the ice is melting dramatically and we

actually had to search for the ice in order

to see the polar bears. in antarctica there

was tooo much ice!”

recalling one of the many highlights

on her trips to antarctica, edith said, “i

remember clearly standing out in the

bow of the ship, completely surrounded

by ice ... no signs of humanity, just peace

and quiet. it was a very special moment.”

Above Outside

Shackleton’s hut at

Cape Royds. It is

secured by strong

cables because of

the katabatic winds.

Left Provisions left

inside Shackleton’s

hut in case of


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Edith CrownE

arv rEsidEnt,

rohini villagE

Pole to Pole



Edith’s travels encompass 39

countries, on every continent

except Africa.

in no particular order they

are: Japan, Korea, Malaysia,

thailand, indonesia, Singapore,

Fiji, Bangladesh, nepal, China,

Mongolia, Siberia, Alaska, Russia,

England, Scotland, Wales, ireland,

Holland, Belgium, France, Austria,

germany, italy, Liechtenstein,

Luxembourg, denmark, norway,

Finland, Sweden, Estonia,

Argentina, Falkland islands,

Svalbard, greenland, iceland, Peru,

new Zealand, Antarctica, Canada,

uSA, Mexico.

Closer to home Edith has also

visited the Australian outback,

Kangaroo island, Fraser island,

Kakadu and Lord Howe island.


In Svalbard, polar

bears often roam

into the town centre,

so ‘Beware’!

The Arctic

(Kotelny Island)

I can be seen here

holding part of the

tusk of a woolly


10,000 years old.

Kotelny Island is in

the Laptev Sea, north

of Russia.


After climbing

to the heights

of Machu

Picchu, I was

left slightly



Before setting

off on the


Railway, I

climbed on

the Great Wall

in Beijing.


Top row, left-right I wasn’t really strong enough to push

our ship the Marina Svetaeva off the ice, but I gave it a

good try!; As our ship was stuck firmly in the ice in the

Ross Sea, we flew to McMurdo Station by helicopter;

Cruising amongst the incredible icebergs.

Bottom row, left-right On Macquarie Island the King

penguins were very friendly; Sea water which pounded

the bow in rough seas quickly froze, covering everything

in ice; At Scott Base, 77 degrees south, I went inside

Scott’s Discovery hut—to which he sadly did not return.


In Mongolia I slept

on the floor of a ger

(a traditional tent

usually constructed

of felt, covered in

waterproof canvas),

sharing with a

Mongolian family.

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When I came home, I felt frustrated by the lies being told about refugees.

My wife said, ‘This isn’t good for your blood pressure. Why don’t you do

something about it instead of just yelling at the television?’ Dr Morris

the least of these

It was during a trip to Taliban-controlled

Afghanistan in early 2001 that the

terrible plight of refugees fleeing from

their country was brought home to

Dr Stephen Morris—and made him

determined to do something about it.

words SARitA EngLAnd

Photo ALEx CRAig

DDr Morris, an agricultural research

scientist, had been employed by the

United nations to work on a project in

afghanistan. “it was a scary trip from

the start,” he says. “Flying in and out

of Kabul airport had to be during the

one hour embargo period, when it was

agreed that no one would shoot rockets

near the airport!”

During this trip, besides seeing the

terrible conditions that people faced,

Dr Morris experienced firsthand the

problems of getting exit papers and

understood the virtual impossibility of

travelling to neighbouring countries to

apply for refugee status to australia.

“when i came home, i felt frustrated

by the lies being told about refugees,” he

recalls. “My wife, wendy, said, ‘this isn’t

good for your blood pressure. why don’t

you do something about it instead of just

yelling at the television?’” He decided to

join with some friends and visit refugees

at the Villawood Detention Centre to help

in some practical way.

in 2001 this was not an easy prospect.

Visitors to the Centre had to queue for up

to three hours or longer and had to wait

out in the open, exposed to the hot sun

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Christians should know

what it is like to be an alien in

the world. Try to put yourself

in other people’s shoes.

Dr Stephen Morris

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or rain. Visitors were required to know

the particular refugee’s number before

they were allowed to visit them—at that

time only a detainee’s number was used

by the Centre staff, never names. Dr.

Morris describes it as “a very unpleasant,

aggressive environment.”

Later, after many public complaints,

a visitor was able to request a visit to

a specific detainee, using their actual

name. the refugees, mainly from

afghanistan, iraq and iran, were very

appreciative of the time spent with them

and for the chance to talk with people

from outside the razor-wire. “this made

it all worthwhile,” Dr. Morris says.

over time Dr Morris developed very

close relationships with a number of

the refugees. He was saddened and

distressed as he saw inmates slowly

descend into depression and apathy.

“when they first came to Villawood

they would usually have quite a positive

attitude,” he remembers. “they liked

to chat and talk about their country

and their family, the situation they

were fleeing from and what they

hoped to achieve. But because i visited

continuously for a number of years

i could see changes. after about six

months they usually started to withdraw

into themselves, getting more and more

depressed. it was really tragic to see

the mental damage being done to these

vulnerable people, before my eyes.”

Dr Morris has maintained close

friendships with about six people from

those early days of visiting. “of those six,

i think only one is leading a productive

normal life. the other five, despite their

many talents and potential when they

arrived in australia, have permanent

mental scars or ongoing severe depression

and post traumatic stress. For them,

coping with the daily demands of life,

education or a job is extremely difficult.”

Dr Morris now works with a group

of people who are former detainees,

supporting them as they settle into life

in australia and get used to the “outside

world”. while conditions have improved

significantly at Villawood, stephen

believes that not only should australia

review its refugee policy and take a

politically bi-partisan approach, but that

individuals should be more empathetic to

the situation refugees are in.

He says, “i think there is a harshness

in the church that wasn’t there before. it

was present in the mid 2000s, but is still

very evident today. you have passages

like Matthew 25, where Jesus talks to his

disciples about the time ‘when i was a

stranger and you welcomed me in.’

“Many people seem to feel quite

distant from that, as though they have

no responsibility, Christian or otherwise,

to these people. the reason for this

attitude is often because these ‘bad

people’ have not obtained official travel

documents from the government of their

country (usually either bureaucratically

impossible or a life-threatening task)

and have not applied officially to join the

‘queue’ (again impossible as no australian

embassies in or near any of these refugee

countries allow applications for refugee

status to be made).

“Christians should know what it is

like to be an alien in the world. try to

put yourself in other people’s shoes, or

at the very least consider the strength of

language Jesus used in Matthew 25:31-46,

against those who refused to consider

the less fortunate as worthy of any help

or sympathy.”

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from the other side

Back in the 1970s what is now Villawood

Detention Centre had another life as the

first stop for newly arrived migrants.

It was there, at the Villawood Migrant

Hostel, that 18 year old Milanka Zlatar

arrived with her husband on 3 September

1970 having made the long journey from

Serbia, which was then part of Yugoslavia.

words SARitA EngLAnd

Photo ALEx CRAig

MMiLanKa now worKs in the servery

at arV’s winston Lodge and looks back

on that day with laughter. at the time,

however, she recalls being frightened

and confused. Her first sight of Villawood

did nothing to reassure her!

“those barrel houses—it was like

a concentration camp. i said, ‘oh my

goodness, do i have to stay here?’”

the decision to immigrate to australia

had been made quickly—and much to the

horror of both sides of the family.

“we were just married and the

australian Government was going to

buy our tickets. we only had to stay two

years, so we said, ‘why not? if it is that

bad, we will come back.’ the family

was very upset but we didn’t listen to

anybody!” she says.

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fast facts

Serbia was part of the former

Yugoslavia for 88 years until

independence in 2008.

Serbia is still in debate over Kosovo,

which since 1999 has been governed by

a united Nations mission called uNMIK.

Serbia has no coastline and shares

borders with Hungary, Romania,

Bulgaria, Macedonia, Croatia,

Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina

and Albania (through Kosovo).

Serbia has been accepted as an

Eu candidate and is aiming for full

accession to the Eu in 2014.

Milanka and her husband arrived on

a Qantas jet, along with a large group of


“Goodness it was so strange,” she

says. “the organisers met us at sydney

airport. they gave us badges of different

colours; we were given a huge green

badge and were looking around to see

anybody with the same colour badge as

us. we were lucky to meet up with people

from our former country.”

the migrants were put onto

government buses, all bound for different

places depending on the badge colour.

after the zlatars arrived at Villawood

they were shown their room.

“it had a three-quarter bed, a side

table, a little wardrobe—and a map of

sydney. i was crying every day, and every

day i got skinnier and skinnier,” Milanka

remembers. “the food smelt different.

Believe it or not, that was the first time i

had ever seen toast.”

instead of eating the food supplied she

lived on oranges, which were sold beside

the road at Villawood. “oranges i had for

breakfast, for lunch, for dinner. after that

i never ate another orange for 35 years!”

one of the other migrants had a sister

living in ryde. Milanka says, “we all

decided to go over there. we just sat on

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(Our room) had a threequarter

bed, a side table, a

little wardrobe—and a map of

Sydney. I was crying every day,

and every day I got skinnier

and skinnier. The food smelt

different. Believe it or not, that

was the first time I had ever

seen toast. Milanka Zlatar

their doorstep until they came home.

they didn’t know we were coming

but they welcomed us and made us a

beautiful dinner.”

they then arranged a room for rent

in a house nearby and found Milanka’s

husband a job as a process worker.

Milanka got a job at the Hoover factory.

in those days, without language

classes for migrants, Milanka said

she picked up her english from other

workmates in the factory.

“Later in life i got the opportunity to

go to english classes but when you learn

a language the wrong way it is very hard

to correct,” she explains.

Milanka and her husband have built a

life in australia lasting much longer than

the minimum two years. they bought

a house, had two daughters, and made

friends with people of all nationalities.

although she separated from her

husband many years ago she has never

thought about returning to serbia, and

those weeks at Villawood seem very far

away now.

“i call australia home—i have lived

here twice as long as i lived in my former

country. i started my own life here”.

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My story



a life of contrasts

For Eileen Ellis, life has been full of

the three Cs: competing demands, care

for others and contrasts. Originally a

city girl, she went to live in the country

and then returned. She has spent time

caring for the young and the old, family

and strangers, and has had the unique

experience of being a Manager at

Warrina and then one of its residents!

words SARitA EngLAnd

EeiLeen Met Her husband, John, on

a blind date. it was her first ever blind

date and one she was rather reluctant

to go on—but his aunt had moved next

door to eileen’s mother and John, down

from the country, needed a date to make

up a group attending the royal easter

show. after that first encounter, eileen

recalled, “John then developed a sudden

interest in his aunt and started visiting

her regularly!”

they married two years later, and

eileen, a qualified nurse, moved with

no misgivings from the bright lights of

sydney to the small town of Mendooran

in the central west of nsw with its

population of 400. “i never hesitated;

when you click with someone, nothing

daunts you. we didn’t have much but we

did have each other.”

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For the next 30 years eileen and

John worked together to build a very

successful life in the country, running

the John Deere dealership. eileen also

used her skills as a nurse as the unpaid

‘go to’ girl when sickness or accidents


“a trained nurse moving into town

meant people called on me and i was

able to give immediate first aid,” eileen

said. with the ambulance at least an

hour away—roads through the bush were

terrible in the early days—and with no

doctor or even chemist in town, eileen

offered what help she could to those

involved in car, farm or other accidents.

the town even supplied her with a wellstocked

first aid kit in acknowledgement

of the services she was providing the


My family were the ones saying, ‘you need to be

somewhere with care’, and I knew the care was there.

Eileen Ellis

Above Eileen graduating

as a nurse;

Right Eileen and John on

their wedding day.

they were also both heavily involved in

a wide range of community groups, but by

the early 1980s, change was in the wind.

with their children grown, they realised

that farming was changing with a big

impact on the sale of farm equipment, so

the ellis’ sold up and moved to sydney.

while visiting her mother in Flinders

Village at Castle Hill, eileen thought

about working at arV. she took a job as

Deputy Manager at phillip Lodge and

went on to eventually become Manager

at warrina Village, Castle Hill. eileen

loved the work but retired in 1997 to help

look after her new grandson and John

who had sadly been diagnosed with a

rare neurological disease.

Her life then became a true balancing

act between competing demands; it was

during this time that the ellis’ made the

Right The bride,

September 1956.

I never hesitated; when you

click with someone, nothing

daunts you. We didn’t have

much but we did have each other.

Eileen Ellis

move to independent Living at warrina.

this hard decision was complicated by

the fact that she had worked at warrina.

“i was a bit hesitant,” eileen said,

“because i still knew people there. My

family were the ones saying, ‘you need

to be somewhere with care’, and i knew

the care was there.”

John died three years ago. eileen is

again very involved in a range of activities

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My story



Above Eileen and John celebrate their 25th

wedding anniversary with their three children;

Right On a trip to Floriade in Canberra while

Eileen was a manager at Warrina Hostel. John

used to drive the bus for village outings.

in the village. she started the craft

group when she moved in and has been

co-coordinating it ever since, as well as

keeping up a range of outside interests.

“you have to maintain outside links,

and a balance between life in the village

and your life outside. it’s good to be

part and parcel of the village—you settle

better into community life in the village

if you participate—but you still need your

links outside the village as it gives you a

broader knowledge of life.”

cruising the danuBe

aFter JoHn’s DeatH eileen felt the

need to do something. she said, “i was

missing my husband, finding it hard to

socially interact again. so i decided to

take a trip of a lifetime and go down the


Having always been a history buff,

eileen found the river journey from

amsterdam to Budapest a fabulous

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Left With her mother (also named Eileen)

on her 100th birthday, held at Will’s Cafe.

Below Eileen and John’s

home and workshop.

You have to maintain

outside links, and a balance

between life in the village

and your life outside.

Eileen Ellis

experience. “it was just wonderful to

see all those medieval towns, with

their cobblestone streets, marketplaces,

maypoles, churches and spires,” she said.

it is a trip, she said, that she would highly

recommend. “plus it has the advantage of

only having to unpack the once!”

tours along the Danube are run by a

variety of operators. a two-week cruise

from amsterdam to Budapest would

commonly stop at towns like Cologne,

wertheim, Linz and Vienna, visiting

Hungary, Germany, austria, Holland and

the Czech republic.




hilda Perkins & alma dawson

Hilda Perkins (left) and Alma Dawson met 23 years ago at

St Stephens Village in Penrith. Despite their very different

personalities, over the years they have formed a deep friendship...

words MELAniE KELL

Photo SuE MuRRAy

“alma used to invite me along to the

senior Citizens Club on tuesdays but i

could never go—because of lawn bowls.

now i can’t play anymore because of

my arthritis, so we go to senior Citizens

together every week. we go to everything

that’s on—never miss a thing.

“we have morning tea together every

day, one day at her place and the next at

mine. we get the bus every week to the

local shops. the driver keeps two seats

for us, right up the front.

“everyone is used to us being together.

if alma doesn’t come with me in the

taxi to senior Citizens, the driver asks,

‘where’s your mate?’ i was off to the

hospital the other day and someone

asked me, ‘where’s your sister?’

“our friendship makes all the difference

to our lives—if one of us was away for a

while, i think things would be very quiet.”


hilda Perkins

“aLMa anD i have always been good

friends—ever since we met. we’ve never

had words—we just drift along—even

though we’re absolute opposites.

“she’s quietish and i’m very noisy.

she drinks tea, i prefer coffee. i watch

the footy and she goes crook because

there’s too much sport on tV. she enjoys

western movies—we balance each other.

“i’d been at st stephens for four years

when alma moved into the unit next to

me. we sat together in the courtyard,

discussing the world’s problems and

solving them. others would join us. we

still sit out there but now it’s usually just

the two of us.

alMa dawson

“wHen i was 80 i had whooping cough

and it affected my throat so now i can’t

speak easily. the surgeon said he could

operate but there was no guarantee that

he could fix it. i get embarrassed talking

to people so Hilda speaks for me.

“i do her walking because she has

arthritis, and she’s supposed to put her

feet up. i check the mail, or get the tV

Guide—then she’ll go through it and mark

up the programs i like.

“Because of her Macular Degeneration

she sometimes needs help with colours.

the other day she was crocheting a knee

blanket for the senior Citizens stall. she

ran out of wool and picked up another

ball saying she’d join it on, no-one will

notice. i said, ‘one is blue and the other’s

green!’ we help each other out.”

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ConnECting WitH tEEnAgERS

a privileged position

Grandparents are in a unique position

to enjoy good relationships with

their children’s children. Doing the

necessary groundwork in the early

years can pay off in trust, closeness and

friendship, as young grandchildren

grow into teens, according to Cliff

Powell, grandfather and counsellor.

words SARitA EngLAnd

WwHen CLiFF poweLL went to his

grandparents’ home in the 1950s the

hours “dragged by interminably”, he

says, laughing.

“those visits were some of the worst

experiences in my childhood! not only was

there nothing to do, and nothing to play

with but they were distant with me. there

was no connection between us: they came

from a generation where children were

seen and not heard. the contact between

us was minimal and in retrospect i feel that

i never really knew them.”

it was not a model of grandparenting

that Cliff ever wished to follow! Cliff is

a clinical psychologist, and a lecturer at

the Graduate school of Counselling at

the wesley institute. He and his wife,

Marion, now have five grandchildren

and, having experienced the joys of

young grandchildren, they are about to

embark on perhaps the trickier phase of

grandparenting teens.

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if real estate is all about ‘position,

position, position’ then grandparenting

is all about ‘relationships, relationships,

and relationships!’

Good relationships with teenage

grandkids are built on the relationships

established with them early in childhood,

so that if quality foundations have been

laid in the younger years the transition to

truculent teens should prove easier.

“you have to work to have some

areas of connection,” according to

Cliff who believes that finding this

common ground is more critical as the

grandchildren get older. “it should be a

pleasure when the grandchildren come

to visit, so do things together you all can

enjoy, or share something with them that

you love. i enjoy hitting the waves on the

boogie board with the kids, while Marion

is into anything crafty.”

“However, don’t expect to understand

or enjoy all the same things that the

grandParents’ guide

to good teen relationshiPs

1 Build

relationships and

points of connection

from the moment the

grandchildren are born.


Accept the fact

that life is

different now from

when you grew up, and

don’t be overly

judgmental or critical.


Show interest in

their pastimes

and be open to learning

from them.

It should be a pleasure when the grandchildren come

to visit, so do things together you all can enjoy, or share

something with them that you love. Dr Cliff Powell


Wait to be asked

before you give



don’t react when

the grandchildren

say or do something

that shocks you. Listen,

ask questions, and

encourage them to talk.


Find things you

can do together

that you both enjoy.

teach a skill, share a

hobby, go to school

concerts, watch them

play sport.

If real estate is all about

‘position, position, position’

then grandparenting is all

about ‘relationships,

relationships, relationships!’


Seek out

opportunities to

spend time with

grandchildren as

individuals as well as in

a group.


grandchildren do—you are not going to

listen to the same music or enjoy it all,”

says Marion. “our granddaughter is

talking to her friends on the computer—

this is not our world.”

even so, Cliff warns against the

temptation of rushing to judgment

about their activities or overreacting to

what they say. “avoiding a judgmental

approach and taking a listening

approach, is much more important. not

reacting, not correcting, but listening

and asking questions, and encouraging

them to talk more.”

Marion strongly believes that the

grandparents’ home should be a

sanctuary—and this sanctuary can be

even more important in those teenage

if it’s possible,

consider a

holiday with the

extended family, where

you can relax and enjoy

each other’s company.


Be prepared for


grandchildren to spend

less time with you. this

is a normal part of

growing up.


Always be

conscious of the

fact that you are not

the parent. Be sensitive

about not being too

intrusive in the lives of

your children.

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years. “it is a place where they can come

and feel secure, be loved unconditionally,

and not be judged, no matter what

they’ve done. they might not want to

spend as many weekends with us, but

they know we will be here,” Marion says.

Both Marion and Cliff have loved

being grandparents and know that the

time invested in the grandchildren has

paid huge dividends. But they are also

aware that, as time goes on, they will be

needed less.

“it is not a rejection. realistically, they

are not going to be around and doing

things with you as much at 17 as they

were at seven,” Cliff says. “there is a

loss but there is something very positive

about it, as it is part of the natural

progression of life.”

But in the meantime, the powells count

their blessings and look forward to those

teenage years ahead, which Cliff thinks,

“are going to be increasingly enjoyable!”

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health & fitness


JAnEttE BonnER, PRESidEnt oF St dAVidS ViLLAgE

it’s all about balance

Continuing to work has provided Janette

Bonner with the mental stimulation and

people contact she loves so much.

words MELAniE KELL

Photo ALEx CRAig

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Janette Bonner Has always been

active—she doesn’t know any other way.

right now, she divides her time

between consulting with academic Builtin

wardrobes in Leichhardt, managing

her responsibilities as the president of st

Davids Village at Forestville and being

the grandmother of 11 children.

when it comes to work, Janette says,

“it’s the contact i love. it’s stimulating to

meet people, to discuss their needs and

help find the answers.”

Janette’s professional life was mostly

spent working in and managing antique

galleries. she also established gourmet

stores for the epping Club and st Mary’s

Leagues Club, then moved on to academic

Leichhardt and has been there ever since.

these days she only works weekends.

“i work in the showroom, making

appointments, and discussing wardrobe

plans with customers,” she explains. “i

can make changes for people then send

them back to the designer.

“i have a lot of life and professional

experience—so i help the customers

think about their needs. they often find

a woman’s influence valuable.”

Janette job shares with a friend, which

works well. “we’re so reliable—we’re

of the era where you give really good

customer service, you don’t take sick

days unless you really have to and you’re

well and truly past school holidays.”

outside of work, there is plenty to hold

Janette’s interest, and to stimulate her

mind, such as her role as president of st

Davids Village. “Last year we started a

cafe and renovated our leisure centre—

that was a major project. we took the

old cork off the walls and ordered new

furniture and arV carpeted the floors.

it’s now a pleasant place to go—some

people sit and read and others bring their

families in for lunch or dinner. we have

little soirees down there, and one lady

runs an opera night every wednesday.

we also have big market days which

make a considerable amount of money.

the residents say they love being here.”

Janette says that although her

presidency is up in July, she would happily

continue for another year. as for work,

she says: “the plan at this point is to go

through until Christmas. But there’s no

pressure from the company to go—i think

they’d be happy for me to stay another

year. and the girl i job share with says i

should keep going for as long as i can.”


under the


The MyCareer Employment

Forecast was released on

5 May 2012 with a positive

outlook on Australia’s

employment future.

Below Janette Bonner—a

‘twilight’ worker in the spotlight.

the report also found

that twilight careers

(workers over the age of

63) remain the fastestgrowing

segment and

numbers have reached

record levels. For the

first time, the number of

people employed in this

segment has reached the

half-million mark.

It’s the contact I love. It’s stimulating to

meet people, to discuss their needs and help

find the answers. Janette Bonner

the new twilight segment’s

share of the workplace

has literally doubled in

the last 15 years and is

expected to continue

growing, as the 63+ age

group look for ways to top

up their depleted super

funds, or simply keep busy

long after the traditional

retirement age.

the Federal


recent commitment

to contribute $10 million

in funding to encourage

employers to hire more

mature-aged jobseekers

will likely contribute

further to a rapid growth

in ‘twilighters’.

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Everything old

is new again

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The array of beautiful and practical

items that emerge from the Men’s

Workshop at Donald Robinson

Village are a testament both to

the skill and the resourcefulness

of the participants.

words SARitA EngLAnd

Photo ALEx CRAig

W“wHy spenD Lots of money getting

something new when you can recycle

something you have already got?” asks

Kevin Carter, secretary of the workshop.

why indeed.

Last year the Men’s workshop was

given the task of building the manger and

throne for the arV Christmas pageant.

of course, John wilson, aided by others

in the workshop, decided to make it out

of recycled materials—but struck a small

problem at their first attempt, when the

office partitions they had planned to

use were found to be filled with foam!

eventually some solid office partitions,

kept by a staff member who hadn’t been

able to throw them out, found a new life as

the throne and manger.

Keen-eyed residents, staff members and

friends keep the workshop well supplied

with wood for recycling. according to Kevin

council clean-ups provide rich pickings for

the recycling buff.

“you can furnish a house with the stuff

that gets thrown out around here. a lot of it

is in good working condition; it is just being

replaced,” he says. “while we don’t trawl

the streets looking for timber, if we notice a

good piece we take it back to the workshop.”

recently the olive trees were pruned at

Donald robinson Village. Kevin collected

some of the branches from which, he says,

“we will make stirrers and other things for

the kitchen”.

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Top row left–right A collection of stones, post-

and pre-polishing; A faceted stone; One of John

Marshall’s famous Bracket Clocks.

Bottom row left–right Cheese boards and knives

made from recycled timbers; Throne and manger

for the ARV Christmas pageant made from old

doors and a room divider; Better Balance devices

made from old shelves and wood offcuts.

each year John Marshall makes a

beautiful clock from recycled silky oak.

it is then sold, with the money going to

the Foundation for aged Care. recycled

Jarrah, red Cedar and tasmanian oak

has also been made into cheese boards

and cheese knives with turned handles.

John has built a faceting machine to

polish stones in the workshop. relatively

non-descript stones can become

beautiful objects with skill and the right

equipment. “is this recycling or value

adding? whatever it is, the results are

stunning!” Kevin says.

a word of caution

KeVin reMinDs peopLe that recycling

timber requires caution. “wood may

have been treated with a preservative or

an anti-fungus chemical, be coated with

a lead base paint, it may even be a timber

that could lead to dermatitis, breathing

problems, skin irritation, nausea, asthma

and so on.

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You can furnish a house

with the stuff that gets

thrown out around here.

Kevin Carter

“some woods are toxic such as

walnuts, white Beech, Black Bean,

Blackwood, ebony, western red Cedar,

yew, and oleander,” Kevin warns.

“some imported chipboard, plywood

and MDF contain formaldehyde, epoxy

resins and other chemicals. other

problems can occur when wood is shaped

or resized—embedded nails and screws

can be a safety hazard or at least cause

damage to machinery.

“the best advice i can give is to not use

anything that you can’t identify or where

you don’t know its origin,” says Kevin.

Kevin adds that, when recycling

electrical equipment, he always

remembers the saying taught to him by

his father: ‘Boy with pliers, bare wires,

one flash, boy ash.’

apart from that, Happy recycling!





Right Bill won

second prize in the

ARV Art Show at

Castle Hill last year

with one of his

tiger pictures.

The eye of the


BiLL swinBoUrne siMpLy loves to

wield the paintbrush. “But,” he says, “i

don’t think of myself as an artist—i am

just a painter!”

a steady stream of canvases emerges

from the small room he uses as a studio

at Mary andrews Village. at least a

dozen of them will be exhibited and for

sale as part of the village’s upcoming

celebrations for Christmas in July.

Bill’s mother was an artist. “as a

youngster i used to do a lot of drawing,”

he says. “But with a hectic family and

work life i just never had the opportunity

to pick up the paintbrush.”

I couldn’t sit down all day and do nothing

—it would send me bonkers! Painting has

been a wonderful outlet. Bill Swinbourne

Following his mother’s example, ARV resident, Bill

Swinbourne, is proving that a creative outlet like painting

is more than just a sideline —it’s a connection to the world.

words SARitA EngLAnd

Just prior to Bill’s retirement his

younger son gave him a little set of paints,

“and that is what started me off again.”

since then painting has become an

integral part of his life and gives him an

invaluable outlet for his creative energies.

Bill was involved in art classes for many

years, and encouraged others to attend the

classes held at Mary andrews Village. Both

he and his wife Betty like to live an active

and balanced life. “i couldn’t sit down all

day and do nothing—it would send me

bonkers! painting has been a wonderful

outlet, absolutely outstanding! i will try to

keep painting until they carry me out!”

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healthy breakfasts

on the run

Mornings come around pretty

quickly when you lead a busy life.

It’s easy to skip breakfast or to grab

a snack as you rush out the door.

But don’t be tempted …

words MELAniE KELL


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Did you know? Breakfast is the most

important meal of the day for weight control,

energy, concentration and productivity.

RreGarDLess oF oUr age, weight or

sex, dieticians tell us breakfast is the

most important meal of the day for

weight control, energy, concentration

and productivity. ironically, skipping

breakfast is linked to obesity.

so how can you make sure your body

gets the right balance of protein, fibre

and antioxidants before you head into

each day?

grains and cereals

a HeaLtHy BreaKFast cereal

with whole grains will kick start your

metabolism and, according to scientists,

can lower your risk of diabetes and heart

disease. Check the cereal packs on the

shelves before you buy though—some are

highly processed, contain preservatives

or are loaded with sugar.

serve your cereal with light milk, nuts

and fresh or dried fruit for additional

protein, calcium, antioxidants and flavour.

a wonderfully warming way to enjoy

cereal in the winter is by making porridge

from oats. serve it with a tablespoon of

honey, berries and yoghurt.

egg dishes

eGGs Can ForM a meal in themselves.

with so many ways to prepare eggs, you’ll

never tire of them as a delicious breakfast

alternative. Consider poaching, scrambling

or boiling them, or whisk them with a dash

of milk and a sprinkle of grated cheese to

make a light and fluffy omelette. pair two

poached eggs with some baby spinach or

kale, lightly sautéed with fresh ginger and

garlic, and enjoy!


BLenD a GeneroUs scoop of plain

yoghurt with half a banana, a good

handful of frozen berries, a teaspoon

of honey and a cup of milk to make a

delicious smoothie that will fill you for

the morning. alternatively, top a quarter

cup of natural yoghurt with a handful

of mixed berries and a

sprinkle of muesli. repeat

the process to create layers

and, if you’re organised, leave it

to settle in the fridge overnight.

Baked Muffins

BaKe a BatCH of healthy bran muffins

and keep them in the fridge or freezer

so they’re ready and waiting on those

mornings when you’re rushing out the

door—or even an afternoon when you are

in need of a satisfying snack.

simply warm them in the oven, split

them in two and spread with a dash of

honey if you have a sweet tooth—then

enjoy along with a piece of fresh fruit.

don’t forget the leftovers!

tHere’s notHinG wronG with

reheating any leftover meat and

vegetables from dinner for a nutritious

breakfast—it saves waste and helps

maintain healthy blood sugar levels for a

good portion of the day.

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oPtion #1

avocado, spinach,

egg & tomato Wrap

Preparation time

10 minutes

Cooking time

10 minutes

Serves 4

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canola cooking spray

4 eggs

4 sheets wholemeal lavash bread

2 tablespoons reduced fat

cream cheese

50g baby spinach leaves, washed

1 large avocado, sliced

2 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced

cracked pepper to taste


1 Spray a non-stick fry pan lightly

with canola spray. Heat the pan, add

the eggs and fry until done to your

liking, remembering that they will

cook further in the sandwich press.

These recipes can be found in the Heart Foundation’s Deliciously Healthy

cookbook. To purchase your own copy, visit

or call the Heart Foundation on 1300 362 787. As a charity, the Heart

Foundation uses all proceeds from cookbook sales and other fundraising

activities to support lifesaving research, education and prevention programs.

nutrients Per serve

Energy 1360kJ

Energy 325cal

Total fat 21.0g

Saturated fat 5.7g

Monounsaturated fat 11.0g

Polyunsaturated fat 2.6g

Protein 13.0g

Carbohydrate 21.0g

Fibre 5.7g

Sodium 349mg

Cholesterol 185mg

2 While the eggs are cooking lay the

lavash out on a clean surface. divide

the cream cheese among the four

pieces and spread along the centre.

3 top with the spinach, avocado,

tomato and egg and season with


4 Roll up, in a ridged sandwich

press and toast until crisp and

heated through.



oPtion #2

fruit Bread toast with

ricotta & strawberries

Preparation time

10 minutes

Cooking time

5 minutes

Serves 4


1 loaf or 8 thick slices fruit bread

250g reduced fat ricotta cheese

1-2 tablespoons icing sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

500g strawberries, halved

3 passionfruit, halved

2 tablespoons maple syrup


1 toast the fruit bread slices until

crisp and golden. Keep warm.

2 Put the ricotta, icing sugar and

vanilla essence in a bowl and mix

gently to combine.

nutrients Per serve

Energy 1462kJ

Energy 349cal

Total fat 8.2g

Saturated fat 4.3g

Monounsaturated fat 2.2g

Polyunsaturated fat 0.7g

Protein 15.0g

Carbohydrate 55.0g

Fibre 6.8g

Sodium 271mg

Cholesterol 26mg

3 Put the strawberries, passionfruit

and maple syrup in a bowl and stir

gently to coat the berries with syrup.

4 Put two slices of the toast on a

plate, top with a generous dollop

of the ricotta mixture and finish off

with a couple of spoonfuls of the

berry mix.

this recipe is also delicious

with a mix of either banana

and passionfruit, or mango and

passionfruit, instead of strawberries.

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oPtion #3 nutrients Per serve

Bircher muesli

Preparation time

10 minutes

(plus 1 hour


Cooking time


Serves 4

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1 apple, peeled cored and grated

1 pear, peeled, cored and grated

2 cups rolled oats

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

250ml pear juice

150g reduced fat vanilla yoghurt

50g toasted flaked almonds

250ml reduced fat milk

2 mangoes, peeled and chopped

1 banana, sliced

2 passionfruit

Energy 1818kJ

Energy 434cal

Total fat 12.0g

Saturated fat 1.6g

Monounsaturated fat 6.5g

Polyunsaturated fat 3.0g

Protein 14.0g

Carbohydrate 68.0g

Fibre 10.0g

Sodium 62mg

Cholesterol 5.5mg


1 Put the apple, pear, rolled oats,

cinnamon and pear juice in a bowl

and mix to combine, allow to stand

covered in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

2 Fold through the yoghurt and

almonds. Spoon the muesli into

individual bowls and serve topped

with the milk, mango and banana

then drizzle with passionfruit pulp.

one Minute with


goWRiE ViLLAgE goRdon

Photo ALEx CRAig

My earliest memories are…

of sport. i was a mad keen

sportsman and played cricket

in Bradman’s time. i played

against o’Reilly, and was in the

Australian Baseball team.

during World War II… i married

doris in 1941. during the raid on

Sydney Harbour we were living

in Ryde. i was an Air Warden and

after the raid we went down into

the cellar of a big house nearby.

If I had any regret it would be…

that we couldn’t have children.

However we adopted three

children, two girls and a boy. in

those days it was considered a

bit ‘hush hush’ to adopt but we

were lucky to get three children,

and my life has been very good.

When I was young I wanted

to be… a sportsman. But i

started work at 15 during the

depression, as a mail boy

at Chesty Bond. i became a

methods engineer and did time

and motion studies in the 1930s.

In the holidays we would go

to… the Entrance. in those days

there was no bridge across

and we had to row across to a

boarding house on the other

side. We also used to go to a

boarding house at Fitzroy Falls

and we had to go by train and

then catch a bus.

The invention that most

changed my life… has been the

advancement of medicine. My

father died of meningitis in 1941.

if the drugs had been more

readily available i am sure he

would have lived.

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SoLutionS on PAgE 102

The Shine Crossword

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

12 13 14

15 16

17 18 19


20 21

22 23 24

26 27 28 29



31 32 33 34

36 37 38

39 40 41

42 43


1 Something that’s really easy to do


7 Small colourful statues displayed as

garden decorations (6)

12 Handiwork, generally (5)

13 Large body of water (5)

14 Keep watch (7)

15 Charity that rescues leftover food

from caterers, offices etc. (2,7)

16 Not the real McCoy (9)

17 Type of television broadcasting that

will eventually replace analogue (7)

19 Pastry flattener (7,3)

20 Golf ball position (3)

22 Destination for art lovers (7)

23 Pristine, unique and beautiful region

once explored by Shackleton (10)

26 Coal or gas, for example, formed in

the geological past from the remains

of living organisms (6,4)

28 The theft of personal property (7)

30 A climbing evergreen shrub often with

five-angled leaves (3)

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31 A journey or voyage for a particular

purpose, especially exploration or

scientific research (10)

33 Clucking sounds of hens or geese (7)

36 Brain pains (9)

37 Book binding (9)

39 Massage of muscles and application

of pressure to acupuncture points to

promote wellbeing or cure illness (7)

40 Accepted or habitual practice (5)

41 Block of cast metal (5)

42 A gift of personal property by will (6)

43 Intelligence officers (6,6)


1 Human-like robot (7)

2 Nationality of Oscar Wilde (5)

3 It’s smoked (9)

4 ARV’s inspiring Christmas event for

2011 (1,4,3,2,8)

5 Animal, as distinct from a human (8)

6 Source of some of Australia’s best

cheese, located in Bass Strait (4,6)

Puzzles by

David Stickley,

our resident


The Shine


contains some

clues and

answers from

elsewhere in

the magazine.

As an extra

challenge, the



contain letters

which spell a

hidden word.

See if you can

solve it ...

and enjoy!

8 Homesick (9)

9 James Bond’s drink of choice (7)

10 Loosely-coiled bundles of yarn or

thread (6)

11 Non-offensive, often abbreviated to

PC (11,7)

18 Plays a round (5)

21 A woman of good family or social

position, or of good breeding,

refinement, etc. (4)

22 A natural ability or talent (4)

24 A standard of perfection or excellence


25 Author of A Town Like Alice (5,5)

27 Unadaptable, inflexible, unyielding (9)

29 Making new things from old (9)

30 On everybody’s mind; flying (2,3,3)

32 Taking a radiograph (1-6)

34 Continuous horizontal cloud (7)

35 Sculptor’s tool (6)

38 A person who follows a strict

vegetarian diet which excludes any

animal product (5)

Numbers Puzzle

All the answers in this crossword are

numerical! Get your maths brain into gear,

and maybe dig out a calculator, too.

1 2 3 4 5

6 7 8

9 10 11 12 13

14 15 16

17 18 19 20

21 22 23 24 25 26

27 28 29 30 31

32 33 34 35

36 37

38 39

Fill-in Word

The aim is to fit all the listed words into

the grid. The words are listed according

to their lengths. Try starting with the

longest words.

word list

4 letter words





5 letter words





6 letter words





7 letter words



Sea salt


8 letter words





13 letter words


Trade unionist


1 407 x 11

3 Four consecutive


6 First prime number after


7 Four squared

9 45,678 + 9,876 + 1,234 +

345 + 6

12 100 x 2-down

14 2 x 2 x 5 x 5 x 5

15 Double 349

16 4 x 3 x 43

17 4,547 – 3,669

19 One less than 27-across

22 197 + 199 + 211

24 11,201 divided by 23

27 3 3 + 4 3 + 5 3

29 1,000 – 189

30 300 more than 24-down

32 50,000 – 17,076

34 Palindrome that adds up

to 15

36 Value of XXVII

37 John Buchan’s novel,

The ... Steps

38 5% of 108,100

39 Double 2,387


1 Postcode of Warwick, QLD

2 Three different primes

between 10 and 2

4 Days in a non-leap year

5 Triple 1700 + 1

6 Four digits all the same

8 60 x 101

10 Nine dozen

11 11 squared x 2 cubed

12 20 x 39 + 2

13 10 less than 4-down

18 167 + 173 + 179 + 181

20 99 + 49

21 Four digits: (7x6)(8x4)

22 All three numbers are

multiples of three

23 Digits of 24-across,


24 34 dozen plus four

25 Three numbers that add up

to 21

26 Postcode of Caringbah, NSW

28 51 x 25

31 First four consecutive


33 Years in a bicentenary

35 135 + 122

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one Minute with


goWRiE ViLLAgE goRdon

Photo ALEx CRAig

My earliest memory is…

about apples! Lots of apples!

Eating them, anyway and every

way! We lived between Lithgow

and Bathurst on an apple

orchard/vegetable farm.

When World War II ended…

i was on the farm and heard

about it on the battery-powered

radio we had had since 1932—we

had no electricity or phone. A lot

of friends had gone to the war,

and some didn’t come back.

When I was young… i didn’t

know what i wanted to be.

When my parents moved off the

farm i went to the Metropolitan

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Business College. i then worked

at the Bureau of Statistics using

the comptometer for calculating

and adding.

The invention that has had the

most impact on my life is… the

computer though i’ve never

used one. When computers

came in, the comptometer

vanished and i had to do clerical

work until i retired.

In the holidays we would go to…

newcastle because my father’s

sister was there.

My favorite meal… would be

anything i could cook for myself.

What has disappeared in my

lifetime… is the drip safe. it was

a hessian-covered cupboard.

Water in a bucket on the top

dripped on wet cloths down the

sides. the breeze would keep it

cool… then we got a kerosene

fridge—that was wonderful!

The coldest I have ever been…

is picking brussel sprouts on the

farm. it was so cold they had ice

on them.

The earliest form of transport I

remember… was the horse and

buggy. We got a t Model truck

in 1926, and i got my license

when i was 17 on a Maxwell car.




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ARV accommodation

Location map


Blue Mountains






Castle Hill Villages

Glenhaven Green Glenhaven

Lemongrove Gardens Penrith

St Stephens Village Penrith

Newmarch House Kingswood

Woodberry Village Winston Hills


Baulkham Hills, Penrith


Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury

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Hills & West






Castle Hill

Winston Hills



St George





St Lukes Village Dapto

Mary Andrews Village South Hurstville

Donald Robinson Village Kirrawee

Woolooware Shores Taren Point


Bowral, Dapto, Sutherland Shire


Eurobodalla, St George, Shoalhaven








Taren Point






Rushcutters Bay


City &


Independent Living Villages

Assisted Living Villages

Community Services

CACP Community Aged Care Package

EACH Extended Aged Care at Home

PCS Personal Care Services


St Johns Village Glebe

Goodwin Village Woollahra

Elizabeth Lodge Rushcutters Bay

CACP,EACH,PCS Eastern Suburbs


St Davids Village Forestville

Rohini Village Turramurra

Gowrie Village Gordon

Warriewood Brook Warriewood

CACP,EACH,PCS Belrose, Manly

ARV accommodation

Independent Living


independent living

ARV currently has 19 Independent Living

Villages across the greater Sydney area and

the Illawarra.

We have a wide range of accommodation

options from studio and 1 bedroom

apartments to luxurious 3 bedroom villas.

Brand new or beautifully refurbished, you

are sure to find the right accommodation in a

location that’s convenient to you.



City & East region

78 goodwin Village,


78 St Johns Village, glebe

Hills & West region

79 Woodberry Village,

Winston Hills

79 glenhaven green,


80 ARV Castle Hill Villages,

Castle Hill

81 Lemongrove gardens,


81 St Stephens Village,


Southern region

82 donald Robinson

Village, Kirrawee

82 St Lukes Village, dapto

83 Mary Andrews Village,

South Hurstville

83 Woolooware Shores,

taren Point

Northern region

84 Rohini Village,


84 St davids Village,


85 Warriewood Brook,


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ARV accommodation

Independent Living

Lifestyle options

ARV offers seniors well-designed, private homes set within friendly,

vibrant, village neighbourhoods. Each home has been carefully

designed to maximise independence, enhance lifestyle and ensure the

safety and security of residents with changing needs.

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At every ARV village there is a

choice of recreational areas and

services for the enjoyment and

benefit of all residents. there

are libraries, cafes and kiosks,

community rooms, BBQ areas and

hairdressers on most sites. With

social clubs, outings and activities

to suit every taste, there are plenty

of opportunities to meet others with

similar interests and be part of a

lively ARV community.

As a Christian organisation, ARV

villages have church services on site

and residents can receive spiritual

support and pastoral care from ARV

chaplaincy teams if desired.

We have rental accommodation

available now in a number of ARV

villages, across Sydney—call

1300 111 278 for details.

take a look at our map for the ARV

community closest to you or your

family, or online at

Accommodation costs

ARV operates under a Loan

Lease agreement for Independent

Living accommodation. *

Residents are granted the exclusive right

to occupy the premises, but they do not

own it. the advantage of a lease is that it is

registered on the village’s Certificate of title.

At the time of entering a village, residents

pay an ingoing Contribution, which is

comprised of a non-refundable amount

of 3%, and a loan amount of 97%. When

a resident leaves a village, they are

charged a departure Fee which is based

on their length of stay. the departure

Fee is calculated from the date of entry

and at the rate of 3% per annum (of the

ingoing Contribution) for a maximum of 9

years, and is deducted from the ingoing


When a resident leaves an ARV village,

the balance of the ingoing Contribution is

refunded by ARV, so there is no need for

residents to ‘sell’ their unit. When a resident

stays for over 9 years, their minimum

refund is 70%.

* In the short term, St Davids Village will continue

under a Loan Licence arrangement as the village

is situated on Crown Leasehold.

The Priority Register

Joining the ARV Priority

Register enables you to

receive date priority for

entry into all ARV villages,

and ensures you are kept

up-to-date with news on

your nominated properties

through regular mailings and


this means when you are ready

to move, you have priority access

to the accommodation of your

choice. there is a $100 fee to

join the Priority Register, which

is fully refundable. For more

information about registration,

please call our Customer Service

line on 1300 111 278.

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arv village Profile

goodWin ViLLAgE, WooLLAHRA

Getting to know

Goodwin Village

In keeping with its

Eastern Suburbs /

city fringe location,

Goodwin Village

is a nine-storey

development that

was built in the

1970s and proves

that a residential

community can

thrive in a mediumrise


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OoVer tHe years Goodwin Village has

been refreshed to provide comfort for

the residents who live independently in

169 units. some residents enjoy views

across to the city and others look out

across Jersey road, woollahra from their

apartment windows.

Christine neill is the Village Manager

at Goodwin Village and cites a positive,

high energy atmosphere in the village.

“it has a real inner city feel about it.

Most of the people have lived in the area

and so they know it well. with Bondi

Junction close by and the gorgeous shops,

restaurants and cafes of Moncur street and

Jersey road right here, there is plenty to do

every day of the week,” says Christine.

“we also have the Lord Dudley Hotel,

the paddington Bowling Club and

trumper park on our doorstep so there is

something for everyone.”

the nearby Holdsworth Community

Centre operates bus services to Bondi

Junction and edgecliff shops each week

and collects arV Village residents along

the way.

additionally, arV arranges outings

to destinations like the Blue Mountains,

With Bondi Junction close by and the gorgeous shops,

restaurants and cafes of Moncur Street and Jersey Road

right here, there is plenty to do every day of the week.

It has a real inner

city feel about it.

Most of the people have

lived in the area and

so they know it well.

stopping in at jam factories and the like

so that residents can enjoy local produce.

you could say that arV Goodwin

Village is all about providing the ultimate

balance in life for people who enjoy living

independently but like to know there is

assistance available when necessary.

each of the 169 units has a kitchen

and ensuite and there is a choice of two

bedroom units, one bedroom with study,

one bedroom and studio apartments—in

short, options for everyone.

For convenience, Goodwin Village has

an on site grocery shop, which is open

three times a week. a fruit and vegetable

vendor comes each week. residents

visit an onsite hairdresser, podiatrist

and registered nurse and a masseur and

personal care is available on request.

Clockwise from above The

apartment complex is set

in leafy grounds; Modern

kitchens are complemented

by modern bathrooms;

Bedrooms and living rooms

make the most of natural light.

For more information

For more information about ARV’s

Goodwin Village: phone 1300 111 278

or email

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There’s something

in the air at



The sense of community at Lemongrove

Gardens is compelling. With lively social

programs and ongoing plans for renovation,

the future looks warm and bright.

PpeopLe FinD it hard to describe what

makes Lemongrove Village, at the foot

of the magnificent Blue Mountains,

so special. yet they all agree there’s

something about the atmosphere of

the place that makes them feel instantly

at home.

Violette sahyouni, the Village

Manager at Lemongrove, says it could

be something to do with the way the

residents care for each other and take

pride in their environment.

“we have assisted care for 46 residents

and 30 self-contained cottages, each with

its own garden, which our residents take

great pride in tending. there is a strong

sense of community here—when our

residents wake in the morning, they raise

their blinds to let their neighbours know

they’re oK. it’s beautiful—they all look

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out for each other.”

Until July 2011, the Blue Mountains

City Council owned both the cottages

and the assisted care facility. arV

operated the assisted care facility on

behalf of the council; the cottages were

managed by a separate entity.

“when we took over, there wasn’t much

happening here,” Violette says. “over

the last year, we’ve changed that. we’ve

introduced several social programs and

they’ve been well received. a few months

ago 120 people attended a traditional

australian family BBQ—residents and

staff and all the families. we had live

entertainment and it was wonderful.

we’ve also had Christmas Carols by

candlelight and a Mothers’ Day event.”

while the residents now actively

organise most social functions, arV

Below Gardens and

walkways are important

to the residents.

Right & below right

High ceilings add to the

light and airy feel of the

living spaces.

There is a strong sense of community here—when our

residents wake in the morning, they raise their blinds to let

their neighbours know they’re OK. It’s beautiful—they all

look out for each other. Violette Sahyouni, Village Manager

A few months ago

120 people attended a

traditional Australian

family BBQ—residents and

staff and all the families.

has turned its attention to introducing

other vital services such as a Better

Balance Clinic, a weekly dining program

and a computer club. the facilities are

being progressively renovated with

garden makeovers, new carpet, paint

and furniture being installed under the

creative eye of an interior designer.

“it’s an old building, but we’re working

on it—and the residents love it,” says

Violette. “in fact, we often take people

in for respite care and once they’ve

experienced the community atmosphere

and the level of care the arV team

provides, they usually want to stay on


For more information

For more information about ARV’s

Lemongrove Gardens: phone 1300 111 278

or email

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City & East region

Goodwin Village, Woollahra St Johns Village, Glebe

goodwin Village is a stylish and

diverse community in the cultural

heart of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs

surrounded by an extensive

assortment of restaurants, galleries,

shops, clubs and cafes.

the village is in close proximity to

Bondi Junction, the city centre and

beautiful Sydney Harbour. goodwin

Village residents also enjoy a

thriving community inside the village

with a range of activities and events

to suit everyone’s tastes.

the community room and terrace

have stunning city skyline views,

perfect for new year’s Eve fireworks

viewing. the apartments themselves

enjoy city views to the west or leafy

Jersey Road views to the east and

many units boast large outdoor

balcony areas.

Entry prices Recurrent charges (fortnightly)

Studio from $179K $125–$137

1 Bed from $276K $147–$208

1 Bed + study from $438K $201

2 Bed from $510K $208

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Prices valid as at June 2012 and subject to change

Located in the centre of cosmopolitan

glebe, St Johns residents have the best

of inner city living at their fingertips.

Around the corner is lively glebe Point

Road with an eclectic mix of cafes,

bookshops and galleries, and regular

buses travel to the city and major

railway stations every few minutes.

Around the corner is lively

Glebe Point Road with

an eclectic mix of cafes,

bookshops and galleries.

St Johns is a friendly, vibrant

community with beautifully manicured

gardens, outdoor entertainment areas

and a newly renovated and extended

community room—all designed

to make regular village activities

effortless and enjoyable.

the individual units are bright, airy

and open, while the village design

won the prestigious Sulman Award for

architecture and is heritage-listed.

Entry prices Recurrent charges (fortnightly)

1 Bed from $302K $202

2 Bed from $485K $223

ARV accommodation

Hills & West region

Woodberry Village,

Winston Hills

At Woodberry the

atmosphere is friendly and

social with opportunities

to get involved in the many

activities on offer.

occupying a prime hilltop position at

Winston Hills with sweeping views of

the city skyline and Parramatta River

valley, the village is ideally located

near local shops, restaurants,

medical services. it is only a short

bus trip from Parramatta’s theatres

and river cafes.

At Woodberry the atmosphere is

friendly and social with opportunities

for residents to get involved in the

many activities on offer.

Also available are onsite

catering, hairdresser, kiosk and

guest accommodation.

Entry prices Recurrent charges (fortnightly)

Studio from $71K $148–$178

1 Bed from $138K $170–$257

1 Bed + study from $257K $227–$257

2 Bed from $379K $241–$271

Glenhaven Green,


discover one of ARV’s newest

villages set among the lovely

nurseries, cafes and fresh flower

roadside stalls of glenhaven.

Located in a relaxed rural

environment, glenhaven green

offers the peaceful advantages of

country life with the convenience of

popular Castle Hill town centre a few

minutes away.

A superb community clubhouse

with pool, library, games room,

computer room, hairdresser

and auditorium is the hub of this

energetic and friendly community.

glenhaven residents also have

access to an on site nurse as well

as easy access to the range of

excellent facilities at ARV’s Castle

Hill community.

New stage now selling.

Freestanding and duplex

villas available.

Entry prices Recurrent charges (fortnightly)

1 Bed from $449K $207

2 Bed from $522K $232–$247

3 Bed from $614K $247–$262

Prices valid as at June 2012 and subject to change

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ARV Castle Hill

Set within 115 acres of beautifully

landscaped gardens, ARV Castle

Hill has much to offer. With six

separate villages on site, and

accommodation ranging from one

bedroom apartments to luxurious

three bedroom villas, there really is

something for everyone.

our residents are ARV’s lifeblood,

contributing to the many village

activities and participating

wholeheartedly in the wider community.

Bursting with clubs, activities and

various groups there’s much to

enjoy. For the creative types we have

theatre, arts, crafts, spinning, weaving,

pottery, singing and music groups. For

gardeners ARV offers the Australian

Plant Society, Hills orchid Society,

and various gardening clubs. there

are men’s workshops, snooker clubs,

computer clubs and card groups.

there’s even lawn bowls and croquet—

and this is just a taste of the recreational

activities ARV Castle Hill has to offer.

Health and wellness are important

to ARV and our residents enjoy an

extensive range of wellbeing services

on our site including the hydrotherapy

pool, gym, physiotherapy, aqua

aerobics and exercise classes, beauty

therapy, hairdressing, walking groups,

BrightMinds tM and Better Balance

centres. We also have a registered

nurse on site 24 hours a day and

visiting specialists.

Regular Christian fellowship activities

take place in and around ARV Castle

Hill with Cafe Church, men’s and

women’s Bible studies and discussions,

and various church services. Pastoral

care from the chaplaincy team is readily

available should residents require

spiritual support or guidance.

Entry prices Recurrent charges (fortnightly)

Studio from $84K $147–$177

1 Bed from $116K $175–$211 ($192–$275 couple)

1 Bed + study from $295K $230–$260 ($249–$277 couple)

2 Bed from $335K $230–$276 ($243–$292 couple)

2 Bed + study from $410K $243–$273 ($260–$290 couple)

3 Bed from $679K $252–$290 ($266–$306 couple)

Prices valid as at June 2012 and subject to change

Lemongrove Gardens,


Lemongrove gardens is ideally

located in a peaceful pocket of

Penrith, close to shops, cinemas,

clubs and sporting facilities.

Around the corner you’ll find our

St Stephens Village, and residents of

the two communities are welcome

to join together for social activities

and outings.

the village consists of 30 one

bedroom villa-style units, each

featuring a modern kitchen,

bathroom, dining and lounge area.

there is a community room where

residents can get together for a

meal, arts and crafts, a game of

cards, or they can plan a day trip to

the nearby Blue Mountains, nepean

River or other local attractions.

At Lemongrove gardens residents

enjoy a rich and interesting lifestyle

and are sure to make a number of

friends along the way.

Entry prices Recurrent charges (fortnightly)

1 Bed from $145K $110–$119

St Stephens Village,


Prices valid as at June 2012 and subject to change

At the foot of the Blue Mountains,

close to the beautiful nepean River,

you’ll find St Stephens Village. Set

on five roomy acres with plenty

of landscaped recreational and

entertaining areas, visiting family

and friends are always welcome.

Set on five roomy

acres with plenty of

landscaped entertaining

areas, visitors are

always welcome.

the village is a comfortable walk

to cinemas, shops, restaurants, and

libraries, but St Stephens residents

have plenty to do on site also. Arts

and craft groups, cards and men’s

workshops are just some of the

ways people can get involved in

village life.

Entry prices Recurrent charges (fortnightly)

1 Bed from $176K $169–$198

2 Bed from $259K $206–$236

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ARV accommodation

Southern region

Donald Robinson Village,


Each generouslysized

unit has secure

underground parking, an

open-plan design and a

roomy balcony.

if you want to ‘retire in the Shire’

donald Robinson Village, with its

superb accommodation and central

location, offers the perfect choice.

the village atmosphere is warm

and welcoming with the spacious

community centre providing a focal

point for many village activities.

Each generously-sized unit has

secure underground parking, an

open-plan design and a roomy

balcony. the Kirrawee shops and

public transport options are just a

short walk away.

Entry prices Recurrent charges (fortnightly)

1 Bed from $344K $178–$202

2 Bed from $427K $232

3 Bed from $507K $256

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St Lukes Village,


Prices valid as at June 2012 and subject to change

A stunning background of the

illawarra escarpment and beautiful

views—with the advantage of

being close to bustling dapto and

Wollongong—makes St Lukes

Village the ideal place to retire.

the apartments are roomy and

bright, and the beautiful village

gardens contain BBQ facilities that

are regularly enjoyed by residents

and their families.

there are plenty of social activities

on site including bocce, craft

groups and outdoor draughts, while

accessible public transport makes

going out effortless.

Entry prices Recurrent charges (fortnightly)

Studio from $72K $130–$159

1 Bed from $112K $142–$199

2 Bed from $235K $190–$224

Mary Andrews Village,

South Hurstville

Modern convenience, luxurious units

and a welcoming village atmosphere

that’s close to family and friends,

is the best description of Mary

Andrews Village.

A smaller more intimate

village, there are many

opportunities to engage

in village life.

the units have secure parking but

there are also buses to Hurstville at

your front door if so desired.

A smaller more intimate village,

there are many opportunities

to engage in village life with art,

exercise classes, bingo, and a variety

of other outings and gatherings.

Entry prices Recurrent charges (fortnightly)

1 Bed from $284K $170

2 Bed from $435K $241

3 Bed from $489K $266

Woolooware Shores,

Taren Point

Prices valid as at June 2012 and subject to change

Woolooware Shores in the

Sutherland Shire enjoys an ideal

position on the shores of Woolooware

Bay—one of the most picturesque and

unspoilt waterways in Sydney. one of

ARV’s newer villages, Woolooware

Shores has quickly established a

true village atmosphere, rich with

community spirit.

‘the Lagoon’ is the dedicated

wellness centre on the site and has a

12 metre indoor pool and spa, a gym,

doctors rooms, a beauty therapy

and massage clinic, physiotherapist,

podiatrist and hairdresser.

the apartments are architecturallydesigned

to complement the

waterfront setting. Light and

spacious with modern fixtures and

large balconies or courtyards, they

are the perfect place to entertain or

simply relax.

Entry prices Recurrent charges (fortnightly)

1 Bed from $518K $302

1 Bed + study from $652K $321

2 Bed from $586K $335

3 Bed from $649K $354–$363

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Northern region

Rohini Village,


on the upper north Shore of Sydney

lies ARV Rohini Village, a stone’s throw

away from the thriving turramurra

shopping strip and transport hub. ARV

Rohini is a long-established village in

the turramurra area with close links to

the local neighbourhood, which ensures

that residents can be very much

involved in the wider community’s life.

There is a wonderful spirit

at Rohini with many

opportunities to attend

special events or take part

in regular social activities.

there is a wonderful spirit at ARV

Rohini with many opportunities to

attend special events or take part in

regular social activities such as movie

nights and the Supper Club. Families

are always welcome at the village with

the coffee spot, gazebo and BBQ area

ideal places to socialise. Also available

is an on site nurse, two days a week.

Entry prices Recurrent charges (fortnightly)

1 Bed from $187K $159–$235

1 Bed + study from $394K $212–$235

2 Bed from $455K $226–$249

3 Bed from $646K $255–$278

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St Davids Village,


Prices valid as at June 2012 and subject to change

Situated on the edge of beautiful

garigal national Park with Sydney’s

northern Beaches close to hand, St

davids Village is ideally positioned

for a wonderful retirement.

the village offers a relaxed, friendly

environment in a lush bushland

setting, but there are plenty of

activities on offer for those who

want to get involved.

Residents enjoy shuffleboard, craft

groups, outings and the library, and

the outdoor BBQ area is popular all

year around.

Just a few minutes away, Forestville

Shopping Centre has banks, cafes,

restaurants, supermarkets and

doctors surgeries while nearby

Warringah Road offers quick access

to Chatswood and the city.

St davids also provides residents

with further care options on site

as well as a village nurse two days

a week.

Entry prices Recurrent charges (fortnightly)

1 Bed from $171K $163–$213

2 Bed from $445K $204–$225

3 Bed from $585K $222–$243

Warriewood Brook,


At Warriewood Brook, in the heart of

the northern Beaches, residents will

feel right at home from the moment

they arrive. Every aspect of the ARV

village has been created to enhance

our residents’ independence.

Just minutes away

from the beach and

shopping, this village is

ideally suited to the most

perfect of retirements.

our newest village is situated

within lushly landscaped grounds,

and has views north-west to a

majestic forested escarpment and

south along tree-lined corridors

to Warriewood Wetlands and

narrabeen Lakes. Just minutes away

from the local beach and shopping

centres, this village is ideally suited

to the most perfect of retirements.

Here, residents can immerse

themselves in activities or simply

relax within the privacy of their own

home knowing that they are surrounded

by good neighbours and that, if

required, assistance is always at hand.

Warriewood Brook sets a new

standard for retirement communities

with architect-designed apartments

that complement the distinctive

northern Beaches lifestyle. Here

residents can enjoy maintenancefree

living within a home meticulously

designed with the highest quality

inclusions, such as European-designed,

pull-out drawer dishwashers, stone

benchtops and European-designed

ovens and stove tops.

Entertain guests in the light-filled,

generous living spaces that catch the sea

breeze, or outside in the private gardens.

Each of the one, two and three bedroom

apartments are available in a variety of

layouts and colour schemes with secure

undercover parking accessible by lift.

For those who love the northern

Beaches lifestyle and atmosphere,

Warriewood Brook is the ideal

retirement community.

due for completion in September

is Warriewood Brook’s brand new

clubhouse, complete with a pool,

library, gym, cafe and many different

consulting rooms.

New stage now selling off the plan.

Entry prices Recurrent charges (fortnightly)

1 Bed from $505K $222

2 Bed from $593K $242

3 Bed from $700K $258–$273

Prices valid as at June 2012 and subject to change

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ARV accommodation

Assisted Living

We are committed to offering our

residents continuing care which is why

many of our retirement communities

have low care, high care or ageing in place

homes located on the same site as our

Independent Living accommodation.

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ARV is one of the leading providers

of aged care in Australia with a

reputation for supplying quality

care, accommodation and services.

We currently have 17 operating

communities across Sydney

offering low care or high care


our Low Care Facilities are

designed to encourage

independence, while supporting

residents who may need help in

any area. there are many services

available to residents and an

individual care plan is tailored

to the needs of each person. if

needed, assistance is available for

showering, dressing, medication

supervision and nursing care.

All meals are catered for and

any dietary requirements can be

handled easily. Laundry is taken

care of and staff are available on

site 24 hours a day.

Secure dementia specific care is

offered in many of our facilities, in a

safe and supportive environment.

there are plenty of opportunities

to continue to engage in a rich

social life within our assisted living


Each site has a diversional therapist

that organises a wide range of

activities tailored to the tastes of

current residents. Some of the

excellent things residents across

ARV villages can participate in

include exercise programs, outings,

craft, recreational games, cards,

chess, music and singing groups,

sewing and knitting, movie nights

and Christian Fellowship groups.

At ARV communities there is access

to chaplains and pastoral care

workers to ensure residents receive

spiritual support and guidance

through church services, small

group ministry and personal visits.

you can be assured that if you

or your relative moves to ARV

every effort is made to support

each resident’s physical, social and

spiritual needs.




donington Court

Castle Hill

Warrina Hostel

Castle Hill

Farrer Brown Court

Castle Hill

Brian King Gardens

Castle Hill

donald Coburn Centre

Castle Hill

Woodberry Village

Winston Hills

Winston Lodge

Winston Hills

Lemongrove Gardens


Newmarch House


Mary Andrews Village

South Hurstville

Goodhew Gardens

taren Point

St Lukes Aged Care


Elizabeth Lodge

Rushcutters Bay

St davids Village


Roden Cutler Lodge


Marcus Loane House


Lady Gowrie Nursing Home


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Living Villages


Living Villages

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Brian King Gardens

Hilliard drive, Castle Hill 2154

donald Robinson Village

81 Flora Street, Kirrawee 2232

The donald Coburn Centre

Blue gums Way, Castle Hill 2154

donington Court

Clarke drive, Castle Hill 2154

Elizabeth Lodge

46 Bayswater Road,

Rushcutters Bay 2011

Farrer Brown Court

david Road, Castle Hill 2154

Flinders Village

Clarke drive, Castle Hill 2154

Glenhaven Green

607 old northern Road,

glenhaven 2156

Goodhew Gardens

2-28 Alexander Avenue,

taren Point 2229

Goodwin Village

238-290 Jersey Road,

Woollahra 2025

Gowrie Village

10 Edward Street, gordon 2072

Hopetoun Village

gough drive, Castle Hill 2154

Kilvinton Village

James Cook drive, Castle Hill 2154

Lady Gowrie Nursing Home

10 Edward Street, gordon 2072

Lemongrove Gardens

32 gascoigne Street, Penrith 2750

Marcus Loane House

6–14 Macpherson Street,

Warriewood 2102

Mary Andrews Village

857-861 King georges Road,

South Hurstville 2221

Mowll Village

Fairfax House, Broughton Avenue,

Castle Hill 2154

Newmarch House

50–52 Manning Street,

Kingswood 2340

Nuffield Village

david Road, Castle Hill 2154

Roden Cutler Lodge

10 Edward Street, gordon 2072

Rohini Village

51-53 Rohini Street, turramurra 2074

St davids Village

45 Cook Street, Forestville 2087

St Johns Village

75 St Johns Road, glebe 2037

St Lukes Village

Lindsay Evans Place, dapto 2530

St Stephens Village

31 Coreen Avenue, Penrith 2750

Warriewood Brook

6-14 Macpherson Street,

Warriewood 2102

Warrina Village

Hillard drive, Castle Hill 2154

Winston Lodge

129 Lanhams Road, Winston Hills 2153

Woodberry Village

129 Lanhams Road, Winston Hills 2153

Woolooware Shores

2-28 Alexander Avenue,

taren Point 2229



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Invigorate your body,

mind and spirit

At ARV we believe in creating communities that enhance peoples’ lives. Our Villages are caring

Christian environments where you can keep your mind and body active, and live a life rich with

opportunity and possibility.

At every ARV Village, we offer spiritual support in the form of pastoral care and physical support in

the form a unique suite of Health services.

So whether you are looking for Independent or Assisted Living, you can be sure living at ARV will be

much more than just a roof over your head. With 17 locations across Sydney and the Illawarra, and a

choice of coastal, city or country settings, you’re bound to find somewhere you’ll feel right at home.

Visit to view our locations or call our

Customer Solutions Team on 1300 111 278.

© Anglican Retirement Villages ABN 39 922 848 563

Newmarch House is ARV’s newest

assisted living community located

in the beautiful Nepean Valley.

Newmarch House o� ers low level,

high level and dementia specifi c

care, with 102 rooms specially

designed to maximise comfort

and peace of mind.

There are private ensuites and 32”

LCD TV’s in every room, internal

courtyards and gardens, as well

as a large community room and

BBQ area where families can meet.

With friendly sta� available

24 hours a day and a range of

recreational and therapeutic

activities also o� ered, Newmarch

House is a wonderful choice.

Please call 1300 111 278

for more information or

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