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

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

Australia Day honours for Joyce Watt OAM

We congratulate and celebrate with our very own Joyce Watt OAM following her recognition in this year’s Australia Day honours list. Joyce has been associated with RFBI Hawkins Masonic Village since 1974, and has been volunteering for the last 30 years. Initially employed as a staff member at the village, she was appointed as the Village Caring Officer following her retirement, where she now works tirelessly for the benefit of our residents. Continue reading

RFBI Inaugural Corporate Volunteers Week a huge hit

As part of a new initiative designed to give our business partners an opportunity to experience what residential care is like the RFBI Way, teams from across RFBI welcomed 30 Corporate Volunteers to join in the life of one of our Villages for a day.

Our Corporate Volunteers were able to join in with some of the activities our residents enjoy on a regular basis, from snooker tournaments, bowls, and bingo, to high tea and happy hour. Feedback from our Volunteers suggest that they had as much fun as our residents.

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CEO Commendation Awards 2016

Across RFBI we have an amazing team who, every day, demonstrate our passion for improving the lives of our residents and clients through the work they do. Each year though, we take a moment to celebrate the actions taken by those who have gone over and above the call of duty and achieved extraordinary outcomes. These people are recognised with a CEO Commendation award.

This year at our Senior Managers Conference I was delighted to give out three CEO Commendation Awards in recognition of the efforts of these staff members: Sharryn McDonald, Tracey Gibson and Steve Ellitt.

Sharryn McDonald is the General Manager, RFBI Cessnock Masonic Village and was commended for her calm and confidence during the bushfires in the region in early November. With a real threat of evacuation, she ensured staff knew what their roles were and residents were reassured with a hug, a touch on the hand, a smile and gentle words of confidence.

Tracey Gibson, General Manager, RFBI Tamworth Masonic Village was confronted with the unexpected death of a resident in tragic circumstances. Tracey demonstrated great leadership as she managed the situation, working effectively with local law enforcement whilst comforting family and staff.

Steve Ellitt, Assets and Contracts Manager, RFBI Head Office, was also awarded a CEO Commendation for the outstanding work he did to ensure the smooth transition into our new offices. The commendation was recommended by the Board following his efforts which resulted in staff being able to leave our old office on a Friday and start work on the following Monday from our new offices without a hitch.