REDHS turns on the taps

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

AF­TER three long years of plan­ning, or­gan­is­ing, fill­ing out pa­per work, seek­ing ap­provals and con­struc­tion, the tap was fi­nally turned on the Cam­paspe River pipe­line to Rochester and El­more District Health Ser­vice.

Hav­ing been mo­ti­vated by the res­i­dents of the REDHS aged care fa­cil­i­ties to keep the gar­dens look­ing fresh and healthy, the board and staff of REDHS be­gan work­ing on how they could up­grade their wa­ter sup­ply.

Pre­ceed­ing Thurs­day night’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, chief ex­ec­u­tive Anne McEvoy ex­plained how the pipe­line came to be and was thrilled with the end re­sult.

‘‘This project typ­i­fied the im­por­tance of col­lab­o­ra­tion and part­ner­ships and in par­tic­u­lar the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity when it comes to get­ting things done,’’ she said in her speech.

‘‘The idea com­menced in 2015 in re­sponse to feed­back about the state of the grounds and res­i­dents’ dis­plea­sure of hav­ing lack of ac­cess to wa­ter.

‘‘Ap­proval for ac­cess to the five prop­er­ties was sought and granted by neigh­bour­ing landown­ers — Cate and Mark Ward, David and Sharon Wil­liams, Justin and Rachel Cleary, Rochester Catholic Church and Rest­down Re­tire­ment Vil­lage and John and Vivi­enne Moon — which was vi­tal and in my opin­ion ex­em­pli­fied the spirit of the Rochester com­mu­nity and their strong value sys­tem to their lo­cal health ser­vice.

‘‘We were also re­quired to ob­tain sec­tion 173 agree­ment with the Shire of Cam­paspe to al­low the pipe to be bored un­der­neath Mor­ton St.

‘‘The pump sys­tem at REDHS’s front lawn is de- signed to utilise the un­der­ground tank wa­ter first, which is all of REDHS’s rain­wa­ter in­clud­ing from road­ways, then the elec­tric so­le­noids will au­to­mat­i­cally di­vert the suc­tion line to the above ground tank — the river wa­ter — and vice versa.

‘‘The smiles on our res­i­dents, staff and com­mu­nity shows why this project was so im­por­tant and high­lights the ben­e­fits of hav­ing a ‘green park­land’ en­vi­ron­ment to our health and well­be­ing.’’

The taps were of­fi­cially turned on by REDHS res­i­dents Ivy Dou­glas and Ray Bow­man with piv­otal mem­bers of the project, in­clud­ing for­mer di­rec­tor of the REDHS board for 10 years Keith Oberin and main­te­nance su­per­viser Brett Shot­ton, watch­ing on.

For­mer REDHS di­rec­tor Keith Oberin and main­te­nance su­per­vi­sor Brett Shot­ton.

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