autumn 12 issue

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The Australian Cancer                               Joining hands to
Research Foundation                                 achieve excellence
is dedicated to funding world-                      It is remarkable how ‘joining hands’
                                                    with others can spark a fundamental
                                                    shift in thinking that not only leads
                                                                                                 Program and the formation of
                                                                                                 Resident Ambassador teams. We

class research into the
                                                                                                 are delighted with the progress of
                                                    to success but results in increased          these two initiatives and it has been
                                                    understanding and goodwill.                  heartwarming to see the enthusiasm

prevention, diagnosis and
                                                    In the last few months, Living Choice        of the resident ambassadors as they
                                                    has joined hands with two well-              arrange special events to connect
                                                    established, reputable aged care             residents with clients.

treatment of cancer.                                providers to ensure that our residents
                                                    can access high levels of care in three
                                                    states, New South Wales, Queensland
                                                                                                 Of course, ‘joining hands’ implies giving
                                                                                                 and receiving. Both staff members and
                                                                                                 residents have benefited greatly from
                                                    and South Australia.                         working together on these events.
                                                                                                 Residents have also manned the sales
Every dollar of every donation
                                                    While Living Choice provides mainly
                                                    independent living units, with extra         offices on many occasions. They are

received goes to cancer research.                   support for as long as possible,             wonderful ambassadors for retirement
                                                    sometimes residents need a higher            village living and continue to provide
                                                    level of care. Therefore it is comforting    valuable input to ensure the long-term
                                                    to know that there is a Memorandum           viability of Living Choice villages.        1.
                                                    of Understanding in place with Padman        On a final note, we are thrilled with
                                                    Health Care on the Sunshine Coast            the feedback we have received since
                                                    and in Adelaide, and with Thompson           the opening of our stunning display
                                                    Health Care on the Central Coast.            apartment at Living Choice Fullarton
                                                    We personally inspected Padman’s             on 4 February. The response has been
                                                    aged care facilities, Claremont              overwhelming and demonstrates the
ACRF receives donations in many forms, but          Residential Care in Nambour and              need for the Living Choice standard of
                                                    Bentleigh Private Residential Care in        retirement living in Adelaide. You can
the greatest gift comes from those who              Kensington Gardens, Adelaide. We             read all about the opening on page 2.

include us in their Will. Every dollar of every     also visited Thompson Health Care’s
                                                    Tarragal Nursing Home in Erina and            1. Resident ambassadors, Thelma            2.
                                                                                                  Richardson and Marie Warren
donation received at ACRF goes to cancer            were impressed with not only the
                                                                                                  organised a very successful
                                                    facilities, but the high standard of care.
research, allowing your bequest to work faster      Living Choice residents will be given
                                                                                                  Ploughman’s Lunch for residents
                                                                                                  and their friends at Living Choice
                                                    access to these aged care facilities,
for the future of Australian lives.                 subject to normal assessment criteria.
                                                                                                  Twin Waters. 2. Padman Health
                                                                                                  Care’s aged care residential home,
                                                    If the resident is unable to pay the          The Bentleigh in Kensington
                                                    entrance payment in full on admission,        Gardens, Adelaide, to which Living
To make a bequest to ACRF or to enquire further     a periodic payment will be charged            Choice Fullarton residents will have
                                                    until the sale of the resident’s unit.        access. 3. A bedroom at Claremont
about the research we fund, please phone            What wonderful ‘peace of mind’ this           Residential Home in Nambour,
1300 884 988 or email bequests@acrf.com.au.         will provide for our residents.               Padman’s aged care facility on the
                                                                                                  Sunshine Coast.
                                                    We have also been ‘joining hands’
Thank you for supporting cancer research that has   with our residents to increase the
the power to change the world.                      sales rates at all villages, thus ensuring     Kind regards
                                                    that the value of their homes is               Graham Hobbs and Ian Tregoning
                                                    maintained. In the Summer edition              Directors, Living Choice
                                                    of Choice Living we announced
                                                    the boost to our Referral Reward

                                                    Cover photo: Foundation members at Living Choice Fullarton, Tony and Chris Nancarrow and Lois and Michael Gasking
www.acrf.com.au                                     enjoy coffee at Darriwill Farm Gourmet Deli in Hyde Park. See story on page 2. PHOTO BY ROSS EASON                  01
                    Big tick of                                                                                                            the ‘island casino’
                  approval for                                                                                                             comes to
                             Fullarton                                                                                                           Kawana Island
     display apartment                                       1.

                                                          Hundreds of people flocked to 123 Fisher Street,
                                                          Fullarton, site of Living Choice’s newest village, for the
                                                          opening of the display apartment in early February.
                                                          The response was overwhelming, with both deposit holders and
                                                          members of the public giving the apartment a big tick of approval.
                                                          “I’m not surprised at the huge response,” said Foundation Member,
                                                          Michael Gasking. I think it’s great – Living Choice Fullarton is set to
                                                          become an icon and a landmark development.”
                                                          Foundation Members were invited to view the display apartment on
                                                          the Friday, prior to the public viewing on Saturday. David Pisoni MP joined
 2.                                                       Living Choice ambassador, John Wood and directors, Ian Tregoning
                                                          and Graham Hobbs to cut the ribbon to officially open the display. Many                                                                             2.                                             3.
                                                          Foundation Members returned with friends the following day to show
                                                          them the quality of their future home.                                                                                                              ‘The party village’ is how residents on the Sunshine Coast
                                                          The Open Day on Saturday was scheduled to start at 10am but with                                                                                    describe Living Choice Kawana Island and it’s a reputation
                                                          lines starting to form at the welcome desk at 9.45am, it was all hands                                                                              that the village residents are proud to live up to!
                                                          on deck to cope with the crowd.                                                                                                                     There are so many activities crammed into the monthly social
 3.                                                 4.
                                                          Living Choice’s South Australian ambassador, Keith Conlon and                                                                                       calendar that it is impossible to attend them all. One regular
                                                          John Wood were kept busy registering visitors and answering questions,                                                                              event that is very popular is Texas Hold’em Poker which
                                                          while Living Choice’s directors and staff members showed clients the                                                                                attracts up to 45 people. The weekly games culminate in a
                                                          apartment, plans, scale model of the village and décor ‘story boards’.                                                                              final which is held every 13 weeks and the winning players
                                                                                                                                                                                                              receive vouchers to a store of their choice.
                                                          Members of the Kidman Park Rotary Club fired up the BBQ for a
                                                          sausage sizzle and Shine Music and Entertainment provided background                                                                                Two casino nights have also been held at the village, with
                                                          music throughout the day.                                                                                                                           the most recent, the ‘Island Casino’, attracting more than
                                                                                                                                                                                                              100 residents. The leisure centre auditorium was magically
                                                          Living Choice Fullarton will offer a wide range of modern apartments,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              transformed into a casino with Blackjack tables, Lucky
                                                          from one-bedroom to ultra luxurious three-bedroom plus study
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wheels, Texas Hold’em Poker, Crown & Anchor and Roulette
                                                          penthouses. Residents will also be able to enjoy a great lifestyle, with
                                                                                                                                                                                                              – using play money of course!
                                                          5-star resort facilities available, including a restaurant serving three meals
                                                          daily. At the time of going to press, more than one third of the apartments                                                                         Everyone got into the spirit, dressing up to suit the occasion.
 5.                                                       had been sold.                                                                                                                                      There were prizes for best dressed man and woman, lucky
                                                                                                                                                                       4.                              5.     spot prizes and the major prize of the night went to the
                                                          If you would like a free DVD on Living Choice Fullarton,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              person finishing with the most money. The ‘gambling’ was
                                                          email sales@livingchoice.com.au                                                  1. Residents try their luck at the roulette table. 2. Dawn Wood,
     1. Visitors admire the Jacaranda display apartment                                                                                                                                                       preceded by dinner, followed by a night of fun and games at
                                                                                                                                           pictured with Jan Reed, shows off her Lucky Wheel prize.           the tables of the ‘Island Casino’.

                                                          In Brief
     at 123 Fisher Street, Fullarton. 2. Foundation                                                                                        3. Eric Brusewitz and Dawn Chalkley. 4. Mick Griffis and
     members, Jenny and Don Orchard with their                                                                                                                                                                The driving force behind the casino nights is Phil Price, ably
                                                                                                                                           Stan Foote. 5. ’Island Casino’ organiser, Phil Price is flanked
     granddaughter Jessica Bullock. 3. Judy Trenbath                                                                                       by ‘showgirls’ Marlene Dundas and Mary Paton.                      assisted by his wife Shirley and many helpers. Plans are
     views the plan of the Kingfisher, the apartment                                                                                                                                                          already afoot for a third casino night later this year.
     she has chosen for her future home. 4. David
     Pisoni MP admires the artist’s impression of the                                                                                      APT 114 – THE GARNET,                                                          Lavishly appointed 3 bedroom waterfront apartment
                                                           Where      Living Choice Fullarton, 123 Fisher St, Fullarton                    KAWANA ISLAND
     penthouse. 5. Living Choice ambassadors,                                                                                                                                                                             Huge covered balconies to enjoy the views

     Keith Conlon (in the foreground) and John Wood          What     Independent Living and Supported Living apartments                                                                                                  Double lock-up garage, underground parking
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                                                                                                                                               Twin Waters
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Most people view retirement as a period of
                                                                                                                                                                                                   rest and relaxation; however, many residents
                                                                                                                                                                                                   at Living Choice villages believe it opens up a
                                                                                                                                                                                                   whole new world of opportunities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   For Living Choice Twin Waters resident, Annette Helling-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Benze, ‘retirement’ has meant the realisation of an academic

                                                                                                                                                Achieves An                                        dream – the awarding of a Master of International Business
                                                                                                                                                                                                   degree from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).
                                                                                                                                                                                                   However, her academic career is far from over – she has

                                                                                                                                                AcAdemic                                           now been accepted to study for a PhD!
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Annette and husband Paul moved into their luxury, top-floor

                                                                                                                                                                                                   penthouse in 2009. It was a big lifestyle change for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   couple who met at a Mercedes Benz club event in Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                   in 2002, married in 2007 and emigrated to Australia in 2008.
     1.                                                                                     3.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   For the first year, Annette – who ran her own business

     A dAy of celebrAtion At Broadwater                                                                              Court
                                                                                                                                                                                                   support company for 25 years – enjoyed the freedom of
                                                                                                                                                                                                   being able to read and travel. “However, I realised that I
                                                                                                                                                                                                   needed a challenge. I wanted my brain to stay active and
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Paul suggested that I return to university to pursue my dream
                                                                                                                                                                                                   of obtaining a Masters degree. It was an uphill battle to get
      Friday 20th January was a red letter day             In the morning, more than 100 residents and VIP guests gathered to applaud                                                              my German degree recognised but the staff members at the
                                                           as Paul Brindle, Acting National Accreditation Manager of the Retirement                                                                Department of International Students at USC were terrific
     for Living Choice Broadwater Court, with                                                                                                                                                      and I was accepted in August 2010,” she said.
                                                           Village Association, presented the Accreditation Certificate to Graham Hobbs,
      two events held on one day to celebrate              director of Living Choice. This highly prized Certificate is only awarded to                                                            Annette attended classes on campus and thoroughly
     both the awarding of Accreditation to the             villages that have undergone a “rigorous assessment to ensure quality,                                                                  enjoyed the experience. What makes Annette’s
      village and the release of new apartment             professionalism and best class physical amenities”.                                                                                     accomplishment even more remarkable is that she suffers
                                                           Mr Hobbs and Bill Pollitt, Chairman of the Residents’ Executive Committee,                                                              from rheumatoid arthritis, an extremely painful condition
                    prices at Waterfront Estate.                                                                                                                                                   that makes it difficult for her to type. “I would never have
                                                           spoke of the importance of Accreditation to both the operator and residents.
                                                           Village manager Tim Bentley, thanked all those who had assisted in achieving                                                            managed without Paul’s support. He cooked, cleaned,
                                                           this special milestone, in particular Leanne Maini, as well as all staff members                                                        drove me around when necessary and encouraged me.”
                                                           for making the necessary changes to comply with Accreditation standards.                                                                Annette is now hard at work on her PhD, which will take
                                                           “A few words come to mind with this achievement for the village - teamwork,                                                             approximately three to four years to complete. She has
                                                           continuous improvement, reassurance, best practice and relief!” he said.                                                                chosen to study the corporate social responsibility of German
                                                           A highlight of the celebration was the exquisite piano playing by concert pianist                                                       and UK steel companies during the 19th century and in
                                                           and Broadwater Court resident, Noelene Workman. Noelene, a graduate of                                                                  the present. In particular, she will examine how different
                                                           the Sydney Music Conservatory, was an examiner for the Australian Music                                                                 cultural backgrounds influence the level of corporate social
                                                           Examination Board for 30 years and also obtained her Masters degree in                                                                  responsibility and its relevance for large companies today.
                                                           Church Music in New Orleans. Her rendition of the Warsaw Concerto by                                                                    It is a subject close to her heart as she grew up in Essen,
                                                           Richard Addinsell was a fitting conclusion to a very enjoyable morning.                                                                 home of ThyssenKrupp, one of the biggest steel companies
                                                           The celebrations continued that evening when a Twilight Champagne                                                                       in the world which employs 180 000 people across all
                                                           Viewing was held for clients and resident ambassadors to release the                                                                    five continents. The original company Friedrich Krupp AG,
                                                           new apartment prices at Waterfront Estate. For full details of this exciting                                                            pioneered the concept of providing social services for its
                                                           promotion, phone 1800 064 344.                                                                                                          workers, including subsidised housing and health and
                                                                                                                                                                                                   retirement benefits.
     1. Enjoying the Twilight Champagne Viewing at Waterfront Estate are (from left) Barbara Golding, Joan Boseley, Heather Forbes                                                                 As both an international student and local resident,
     and Wendy Travers. 2. Paul Brindle (left), Acting Accreditation Manager of the RVA, presents the Accreditation Certificate to                                                                 Annette will have the privilege of attending two graduation
     Graham Hobbs, director of Living Choice. 3. Pianist, Noelene Workman delights the audience. 4. Sir Ross Buckland (Deputy                                                                      ceremonies at USC. She was ‘capped’ at the international
     Chairman, Residents’ Executive Committee), Christine Osgood (Operations Manager), Bill Pollitt (Chairman, Residents’                                                                          student graduation in late November and will be recognised
                                                                                                                                               Annette Helling-Benze and her proud husband Paul.
     Executive Committee) and Tim Bentley (village manager). PHOTOS BY DAVE GRASSBY                                                                                                                again at the main graduation ceremony in April. No doubt,
                                                                                                                                               PHOTO BY ROSS NILSON PHOTOGRAPHY
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Paul will be proudly watching from the wings.

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                                                                                                                                             1.                                            2.                                              4.

                                                                                                                  1. Colin Bridge
                                                                                                                  interviews former
                                                                                                                  Gold Coast Mayor
                                                                                                                  Sir Bruce Small
                                                                                                                  at an outside
                                                                                                                  broadcast for 2SM.
                                                                                                                  2. Colin at his home
                                                                                                                  at Living Choice                                                         3.                                              5.
                                                                                                                  Alloura Waters.


                                                                                                                                            meet Glenhaven ‘swAggie’, JAck stunnell
                                                                                                                                            When Living Choice ambassador,          go cane-cutting. He returned to
                                                                                                                                            John Wood visited Living Choice         Sydney to pursue his trade but

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “I lived alone without a home
             colin looks bAck                                                                                                               Glenhaven to give a poetry
                                                                                                                                            reading recently, resident Jack
                                                                                                                                                                                    the call of the bush was too strong
                                                                                                                                                                                    and he went ‘bush fencing’ in              and drifted with the tide,
                                                                                                                                            Stunnell was in the front row,                                                     until the fair and lovely Valda Jean
     on 35 yeArs of broAdcAsting
                                                                                                                                                                                    Collarenebri, NSW and then opal
                                                                                                                                            enjoying every word.                    digging in Lightning Ridge. He also        became my blushing bride.
                                                                                                                                            Jack has loved reciting and             spent time in Tasmania, picking
     There are not many people who can boast that they                entertainers and actors, including singers Marty Robbins,             writing poetry since he was a           raspberries and strawberries.              The stars at night were far less bright
     interviewed all three Apollo 11 astronauts, were part of         Gordon MacRae, Jane Powell, Vera Lynn, Frankie Laine,                 young boy at school and he is           When he married his wife Valda,
                                                                                                                                            well-loved at the village for his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               than the eyes of this radiant girl,
     the team that covered the Muhammad Ali – Joe Frazier             Elton John, Johnny Mathis, Eddie Fisher and Wayne Newton,                                                     they settled back in Sydney and
     fight in Manila and met entertainers such as Vera Lynn,          plus actors Roger Moore, Hugh O’Brian, James Brolin and               sense of humour and poetry              he worked as a shipwright until            and the sunshine laughed,
     Elton John and Johnny Mathis.                                    John Meillon,” said Colin.                                            recitals. So it was no surprise         the age of 60. They have been              danced and played
     Living Choice Alloura Waters resident, Colin Bridge did all      A highlight was spending time in the company of the great             when he took centre stage at the        married for 58 years and Valda
                                                                                                                                            village’s Australia Day celebration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               around her ginger curls.
     of these in his 35 years of radio broadcasting but you will      Sir Donald Bradman. Colin’s wife Beryl surprised him with                                                     still treasures an opal that he dug
     never hear him boasting about it – in fact, it took a lot of     a dinner suit and an air ticket to Adelaide for the launch            as a ‘swaggie’ to recite all thirteen   up at Lightning Ridge. Jack has
                                                                                                                                            verses of Banjo Patterson’s The                                                    But time has passed;
     persuasion to get him to talk about his amazing career!          of the Bradman Albums. “The Don had sent some poems                                                           a wonderful sense of humour
                                                                      I had written about him to the Bradman Museum at Bowral.
                                                                                                                                            Man from Snowy River – all              and when asked how he is, he               she is getting old
     Colin’s broadcasting career started in 1959 with 2GF in
                                                                                                                                            without notes, and aged 80+!            invariably answers, “If I was any          her hair will soon go grey.
     Grafton, followed by a stint at 2HD in Newcastle and 32          The fact that he sent them to the museum, and not I, was
     years at Sydney stations 2SM, 2UW and 2CH. As a journalist,      most pleasing,” added Colin.                                          Jack has always had a special love      fitter, I would be dangerous!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I think I will look for a younger one
     newsreader and sports commentator (rugby league and                                                                                    for the bush, despite growing up in     He wrote a poem for his wife
                                                                      Colin is disappointed at the amount of negativity and derision                                                                                           and be on my merry way!
     boxing), he was involved in describing some of the greatest                                                                            Sydney. He became a shipwright          but hastens to add that he does
                                                                      on radio today. “Grammar has suffered greatly. Ethics has
     events in history. One of these was the Ali/Frazier fight                                                                              but soon escaped the city to            not really mean the last verse!
                                                                      also suffered through talk-back radio and some verbally
     when he interviewed the contestants and their handlers and       aggressive announcers who tread a very close line.”
     renowned author, Norman Mailer at the ringside after the bout.
                                                                      Colin and Beryl moved to Living Choice Alloura Waters                 1. Australia Day ‘swaggie’ Jack Stunnell recites The Man from Snowy River. 2. Organisers of the Australia Day celebrations,
     He also interviewed Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and      in 2002 and these days, he keeps busy writing short stories,          Ernie Begg, Barbara Vickery, Betty Chapman, Louise Warry, Elaine Melliger, Pat Waters, Wendy Caris (convenor) and
     command module pilot, Michael Collins at a media conference      some of which can be seen on the residents’ own website               Carol Armstrong. 3. Gai Campbell, Marj Starr and Pat Sandercock with visitor Edie Solomanson. 4. Frank O’Dwyer,
     in Sydney shortly after their return from the moon in 1969.      www.allourawatersresidents.com They are certainly                     Barbara Gurney and Pam Woods enjoy the Australia Day celebrations at Glenhaven. 5. The village choir impressed with
     “I had the pleasure of meeting some of my favourite              worth reading!                                                        their Australia Day songs. PHOTOS BY BOB WILLIAMS

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        custom and got to know an awful lot of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        people,” she said, adding “Like Lucky

                                                                                                fAscinAting                                                                                                                             Starr, I’ve been everywhere!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        At one of the venues where Irene
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        played she met Gordon Murdoch,
                                                                                                stories                                                                                                                                 whom she hadn’t seen for 20 years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “I worked with him at Anthony

                                                                                                to tell At                                                                                                                              Hordern’s. I was playing in Lane Cove
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and we got talking. He said he and his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wife Enid were looking at retirement

                                                                                                Deepwater                                                                                                                               villages.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “The next time I saw him he was living

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        at Leisure Lea Gardens. Each time after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        that I would ask, ‘Are you still happy?’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and his reply was always the same –
                                                                                                                                              Journey to                                                                                ‘We’re very happy’. I often came to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        village as I knew some of the people

                                                                                                                                                         Leisure Lea Gardens                                                            there and I used to bring items for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        customers from my daughter’s dress
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        shop in North Ryde. Gordon passed
                                                                                                                                                          stArted with A key ring                                                       away and Enid moved to her daughter’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        but I knew they were always happy here.”
     From clearing thousands of tons of          in Wamberal, followed by a house               Japan. He did 12 trips over a                 By Glynis Macri                            Her father agreed and for two years            “Time passed until one day I woke up -
     live munitions left by United States        in North Pearl Estate, Umina and then          two-year period, including taking crew                                                   Irene was spoilt by the nuns as they           it was my wedding anniversary and I was
                                                                                                                                              Irene Hunter was destined to live at
     troops in the British Solomon Islands       a villa at Ettalong.                           for the HMAS Sydney to England to                                                        set up a convent. They taught her to           on my own, I had recently been caught
                                                                                                                                              Leisure Lea Gardens long before she
     Protectorate, to serving as a “Pink         Reg was a volunteer shopping bus               collect Australia’s first aircraft carrier.                                              play the piano and the violin at which         out by a conman, I had a big house and
                                                                                                                                              even thought of moving to a retirement
     Lady” at Brisbane Waters Private            driver for Meals on Wheels for six years       As a Bomb and Mine Disposal Rating,                                                      she excelled. After two years, the nuns        I had broken my wrist. I was truly sick of
                                                                                                                                              village. For over 20 years, she had
     Hospital, it has been a full and            but had to give this up after suffering        he cleared live munitions from the                                                       moved from Raleigh to Dorrigo, where           it all and I decided to buy a unit.”
                                                                                                                                              used a key ring she had received from
     fascinating life for Reg Sparkes of         a minor stroke. As soon as he was              jungle areas of Hells Point, Guadalcanal,     a function for her spare keys with the     she stayed another two years before            “Leisure Lea Gardens was the first place
     Living Choice Deepwater Court.              well again, he became a volunteer              Henderson Airfield and Sun Valley             name of Leisure Lea on one side and        winning a music scholarship to a high          I came to. I had seen an advertisement
     Reg and his wife Dorothy moved              “Pink Lady” at Brisbane Waters Private         over a 13-month period. He received           a charity on the other. She had never      school in Lismore.                             in the paper with a unit I liked, but
     to Deepwater Court from Ettalong            Hospital for the next six years (although      the princely sum of 5 shillings per day       taken much notice until the day she        “I used to play at many local functions        the next week there was a new
     in 2009 and they are typical of the         he refused to wear a pink apron!).             “danger” money; however he was                handed in the keys to her house and        and they called me the official                advertisement and I wondered if the first
     wonderful residents who have chosen         Last September, Reg and Dorothy                docked 2/6 if it rained for half a day!       found it was a Leisure Lea key ring.       accompanist, which I thought was very          unit had been sold. I rang up and was
     to settle in this small village. All have                                                  These days, Reg spends his time                                                          smart,” she said.                              told it was still available.”
                                                 celebrated their 60th wedding                                                                Irene was born in the small town of
     interesting stories to tell, certainly      anniversary and congratulatory                 reading, swimming in the village              Raleigh, between Maxville and Coffs        After finishing school Irene returned          “Ron showed me around and I made up
     enough to fill a book, and many have        messages were received from the                pool and serving on the committee             Harbour. The only reason people went       home and met her husband Jim but he            my mind on the spot. It had a long wall
     shared experiences which add to             Queen, Governor General, Prime                 of the Extremely Disabled War Vets            to Raleigh was to catch the punt that      soon had to go off to war. She played in       for my piano. When I came to sign the
     the camaraderie experienced at this         Minister, Leader of the Opposition,            Association. He is also on the Residents’     crossed the Bellinger River to go to       bands until his return and they made the       papers, Ron said to me, ‘You know how
     friendly village.                           NSW Governor, State and Federal                Committee. Meanwhile, Dorothy enjoys          either Maxville or Coffs Harbour.          move to Sydney.                                you always talk about your friends the
     Both Reg and Dorothy retired in 1989 -      MPs and the Gosford Mayor.                     gardening and, most Fridays, she                                                                                                        Murdochs, well this was their unit’.”
                                                                                                                                              She was eight years old when her           “It was 65 years ago and I found work
     Dorothy from the Pathology Department       The Local Federal MP also hosted               visits places of interest in Sydney with      mother had to go to Sydney to receive      at Anthony Hordern’s as a Melody Girl.         “I have been here for several years now
     at Westmead Hospital after 19 years         an afternoon tea for Dorothy and               six local girlfriends. Dorothy and Reg        medical treatment. Her father, who ran     I used to play the piano between 12            and I love my unit. It’s just lovely.”
     of service and Reg as the National          Reg, at which he was presented with            have a son Laurie, daughter-in-law            the local general store, had a hard time   and 3pm so people could hear the               Irene still has the key ring. She removed
     Sales Manager at Edgell/Birds Eye           Certificates of Appreciation for service       Lynnette, three granddaughters and            controlling her on his own and the local   tunes from sheet music they wanted             it when she handed her keys to the
     Food Services Division, after 30 years      in WWII and the British Commonwealth           six great-grandchildren.                      nuns suggested that she stay with them     to buy. I would often be asked if I ever       agent. It seemed the key ring had finally
     of service. After retiring, they bought a   Occupation Forces. Reg served on the                                                         Mondays to Fridays.                        did outside work. I picked up a lot of         come home.
     caravan and travelled extensively for 12    original HMAS Kanimbla, a land assault          Reg and Dorothy Sparkes in the
     months but the comforts of home were        troop ship which transported the first          garden at Living Choice Alloura
     calling and they purchased a townhouse      Australian Occupational Troops to               Waters. PHOTO BY DAVE GRASSBY                   Irene Hunter with Living Choice ambassador John Wood. This photo hangs in the window of her daughter’s
                                                                                                                                                 North Ryde dress shop.
     VILLA 3 –                                                                         Beautifully refurbished one bedroom + study            APT 95 – THE WARATAH,                                                          Fully reinstated 2 bedroom ground floor apartment
     THE WENTWORTH,                                                                    Large enclosed “Queenslander” sunroom                  LEISURE LEA GARDENS                                                            Gourmet kitchen with stone bench tops and stainless

                                                                                       Floating timber floors in lounge and study                                                                                            steel appliances

     Limited                                                                           $310,000                                                                                                                              Spacious living and dining area, north-facing terrace

     Availability!                                                                                                                            Position
                                                                                       Phone 1800 064 344                                                                                                                    $430,000
                                                                                       or email sales@livingchoice.com.au                                                                                                    Phone Juliet or Glynis on (02) 9869 8432
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