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RFBI break the ground for brand new state-of-the-art aged care village in Edgeworth

Sonia Lim 18 Feb 2020

RFBI Hawkins Masonic Village Ground Breaking Ceremony

Today’s ceremony marked another major milestone for the organisation, as we start development on our new RFBI Hawkins Masonic Village – a state-of-the-art aged care centre that will expand the number of people we can support in a new and innovative model of care.

RFBI has been a proud member of the Edgeworth community for over 50 years and today, 18 February 2020, we are celebrating the start of our newest, most advanced aged care village to date.

RFBI’s entrance into the aged care industry started here in Edgeworth when local mason, Albert Hawkins, donated to the organisation 40 acres of land to build a retirement village. With the help of local government and supporters, RFBI proudly opened RFBI Hawkins Masonic Village in 1972 and a year later opened our first residential aged care centre on the same parcel of land.

Since this time, RFBI has grown from strength to strength and is now a leading aged care provider, offering a wide range of care and services to over 2,500 older people in 22 locations across NSW and ACT. Across our network of services, RFBI Hawkins Masonic Village remains our largest aged care community, with a 131 bed residential care service and over 160 retirement units.

“Our Village in Edgeworth has always held a special place at RFBI, being our first aged care community and also our largest,” said David Adams, RFBI Chairman.

“The original buildings have served well, however we know that people’s needs are changing and this investment is a reflection of our commitment to keep pace with the needs and expectations of older Australians and ensure that our villages remain a place our residents love to live and allow for the highest standard of care to be provided.”

“The new Village will see all residents living in small households of just 15, with each household having its own lounge room and dining area.”

“Connecting the households will be a community hub which will provide indoor and outdoor entertainment areas as well as a variety of services such as a fitness centre, coffee shop, hairdresser and more.”

Attending the ceremony were Mayor Kay Fraser and Councillor Brian Adamthwaite of Lake Macquarie Council, RFBI representatives, members from the building and projects teams, as well as village residents who are eager to move into their new home.

RFBI has partnered with Lipman Pty Ltd and Planix Projects to construct the $50+M village.

“We have been honoured to be part of this journey with RFBI and help them realise their vision to create a state-of-the-art aged care village,” commented Dean Yasseen, Project Director at Planix Projects.

“They have a real passion for people and their commitment to ensuring this Village will be a fantastic place to live and work has been a driving force all the way through the project.”

Our Village’s local management team are looking forward to welcoming residents into the new village.

To find out more about RFBI Hawkins Masonic Village, visit https://rfbi.com.au/residential-care/hawkins/