New home right for Bert and Joan
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.