New home right for Bert and Joan

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE - EMMA CHAD­WICK

BERT and Joan Mooney are two of the first res­i­dents to move into the $ 20 mil­lion five- star aged care home, which opened at North Shore last month.

Bert, 87, who met Townsville woman Joan, 88, at a ten­nis game in the city just af­ter World War II, said they were also among the first cou­ples who had moved in.

Joan, who was born and raised in Townsville said she was a clerk for the Ade­laide Steam Ship Com­pany dur­ing World War II, and Bert was a car­pen­ter in the air force, when he swept her off her feet. The cou­ple moved away, but when Bert be­came ill re­cently they made the tough de­ci­sion to sell their home and move back from the Ather­ton Table­lands to Townsville.

“I was in hos­pi­tal and we de­cided we would give up the house,” Mr Mooney said.

“My daugh­ter Robyn found this place and she said it’s beau­ti­ful down there so if you get in early you will get the pick of the rooms.

“We came down and looked at the place and we were im­pressed.

“You’ve got your own room and bath­room and toi­let, and mine and my wife’s rooms are side- by- side.

“There are a few peo­ple here now who are hus­band and wife, who are to­gether and they have their own rooms too.”

Mrs Mooney, whose brother was well- known Townsville real es­tate agent Eric Hol­lamby, said she en­joyed the ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We played in­door bowls on Mon­day af­ter­noon, and we do ex­er­cises, we have high tea and meditation and we play lots of board games and bingo. There is some­thing ev­ery day for us to do,” she said.

The five- star fa­cil­ity, has 90 suites with pri­vate bath­rooms as well as a cafe, hair sa­lon, movie the­atre, Fox­tel and din­ing room.

Bert and Joan Mooney at the Ar­care nurs­ing home.

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