Ris­ing from rub­ble

Western Suburbs Weekly - - HEALTH - By CAITLIN TILLER

ONE of Mer­cyCare re­tire­ment vil­lage’s first res­i­dents says what started out as a “sand patch” has de­vel­oped into a very so­cial com­mu­nity.

Noreen Wil­lett and hus­band Don were among 22 res­i­dents to move into the Wem­b­ley vil­lage years ago.

“When we moved in, it was just a sand patch – there were piles of bricks ev­ery­where and no road,” Mrs Wil­lett said.

“As they sold the first lots, they would build the next ones and we were get­ting new peo­ple ev­ery three or four months, which was an aw­ful lot of fun.”

Mrs Wil­lett said the com­mu­nity, now with 160 res­i­dents, had grown into a so­cial group.

“You can be as in­volved in vil­lage life as you want to be, there's some­thing for ev­ery­one in­clud­ing tai chi, arm­chair yoga, mahjong, crafts, bridge, board games and we have a happy hour ev­ery Fri­day night,” she said.

Mer­cyCare chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Hall said so­cial ties be­come more im­por­tant as peo­ple age. “We hope the ‘first set­tlers’ con­tinue to be part of the com­mu­nity for many years,” he said.

Michael O’Dea, Bill Ut­ting, Don Wil­lett, Norm Clark, Noreen Wil­lett and Joan Vlatko Rulo cel­e­brated Mer­cyCare’s 10th an­niver­sary re­cently.

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