New state-of-the-art RFBI Dubbo Residential Care Village

It was with much excitement and anticipation we opened our doors to over 200 people for a preview of our stunning new Residential Care Village in Dubbo. As an expansion of the quality retirement living provided to the Dubbo community for the past 30 years, the new Village offers further services, providing either full time residential care, or assistance for those who need extra help in the comfort of their own home through the RFBI Care at Home program.

The new RFBI Masonic Village is located on the Mitchell Highway and our first residents are moving in from 31 May. RFBI Care at Home services have already commenced and are now available to the wider Dubbo community. Continue reading

RFBI Inaugural Bridge Run

Seventy two dedicated RFBI team members braved a cold, early Sunday morning start to see the sights of Sydney on a 10km (or 3.5km) walk, run or stroll across the Harbour Bridge. It was a beautiful day, and as well as some sightseeing and time to catch up with colleagues, the RFBI team raised $1,694 to support the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation –  a fantastic result for our first team fundraising event.

Thanks to everyone who fundraised, attended and travelled from all over the state to join the fun.

See you all next year!

New Spring Arrivals at Kurri Kurri

Residents at RFBI Kurri Kurri Masonic Village are very excited with the arrival of chicks incubated and hatched in the lounge room. They were much anticipated arrivals, as everyone watched and waited each day. And it was very exciting when the eggs hatch and feeding the babies commenced. As you can see, the baby chickens are beautiful, cuddly and much loved. A Taj Mahal of chook pens was built in anticipation and we are expecting some lovely fresh eggs in the future from our new fluffy friends.

RFBI Supports Men’s Health Education Rural Van (MHERV)

RFBI has provided a grant of $85,000 to Rotary Club of Warners Bay to fund the first year of a mobile service within regional areas to address men’s health issues and encourage them to be proactive in obtaining treatment/early intervention. The Men’s Health Education Rural Van (MHERV) project was launched at RFBI Cessnock Masonic Village by Louanne Riboldi, RFBI Chief of Operations, as it set off on its ten-month journey.

Coffs Harbour Friendship Garden and Citrus Orchard

The Friendship Garden and Citrus Orchard at RFBI Coffs Harbour Masonic Village was first planted in 2016. The idea grew following a trip to Geneva by Ann Featherstone in 2006, where she visited the ‘Flower Clock Garden’. Ann, a resident of our retirement village, suggested we create our own version.

With the assistance and advice from local gardener, Judy Luckie, stage 1 commenced. A circular citrus orchard was planted, including seasonal shrubs and flowers, on land at the northern part of the village. At Judy’s suggestion, a sprinkler system was installed from our bore water supply.

The monument at the centre represents the Freemasons’ Hand of Friendship, constructed by Phillip Bertram, son of John Bertram, a foundation member of RFBI Coffs Harbour Masonic Lodge’s construction board. Deep connections continue within our community.

Already becoming a feature in the village, plans are underway for stage 2, designed to turn the area into a park with seating area. We look forward to watching the Friendship Garden grow into a prized local feature.

Benvenuto al nuovo forno pizza!!

Our residents at RFBI Armidale Masonic Village are delighted with the arrival of a new pizza oven. From kneading dough, rolling it and enjoying home-made pizza, to learning new Italian words and phrases and interesting facts about Italy, everyone enjoyed a day of celebrating everything Italian.

A lunch of pizza, garlic bread and wine was topped off by tiramisu and served in the aptly named Vieni Trattoria, which translates to the Come Along Tavern. Buona salute!

Santa surprise visit at Dubbo Christmas in July

Last night our newest Village in Dubbo welcomed residents, families and staff to celebrate Christmas in July. Seventy nine guests enjoyed a delicious three course feast and a best dressed competition.  And to everyone’s surprise, Santa made a special visit with presents galore to make it really feel like Christmas. All great practice for the big day in just 151 days!

Palmer Street Singers delight our Dubbo residents

Residents at our new Dubbo Masonic Village enjoyed a performance recently from The Palmer Street Singers. This active a cappella choir have a repertoire that includes Gospel songs, old favourites, jazz and Celtic, modern and Irish numbers, and well known hymns and Christmas carols.

We’ll all be hoping we hear more of this delightful music in the future.

RFBI Kurri Kurri Masonic Village helping the homeless

Amaroo residents are currently collecting shopping bags of all shapes and sizes so that we can help create sleeping mats for the Hunter’s homeless population. It’s a process of cutting the bags into strips, tying the strips together then rolling them up into balls so the clever staff in Amaroo can crochet the plastic bags into warm waterproof mats.

Our Amaroo residents are loving the process and feel they are helping people less fortunate then themselves. It takes 700 shopping bags to make one 6ft mat. If you have any clean used shopping bags laying around at home feel free to drop them into Amaroo and we will put them to good use.


Increasing accessibility for the Raleigh Urunga community.

By invite from our team, RFBI Raleigh Urunga Masonic Village welcomed Melinda Pavey, Member for Oxley, and Matt Fanning, Bellingen Shire Council’s Deputy GM of Operations, to discuss ways to join local communities along the Old Pacific Highway.  A designated cycle/pedestrian pathway and reopening access to the Old Pacific Highway off Giinagay Way were discussed as ways to provide our residents and members of the community from Mylestom to Urunga with safe and easy access throughout the local area. Continue reading