The Norm Matthews Wing, a 13-bed high-care facility at Benalla’s Cooinda Village has been officially opened.
Designed as a frail aged facility, the Norm Matthews Wing compliments Cooinda’s other facilities, including the independent living units, low-care and dementia care facilities.
Named after the longest-serving Cooinda committee member and also past president Norm Matthews, who was very passionate about Cooinda, the Matthews family, wife Roma and their four children Pam, Denise, Brian and Sally, were special guests at the recent opening.
The Norm Matthews Wing was opened by Federal Member for Indi Sophie Mirabella, and State Member for Euroa Bill Sykes with Benalla Mayor Pat Claridge, Cooinda president Don Firth, board member Steve London, and Director of Nursing chief executive officer Wendy Ross.
‘‘We are very proud of our new wing, which has been fully funded by Cooinda with support from local community organisations,’’ Ms Ross said.
Those organisations include the Benalla CWA, RSL Ladies Auxiliary, Benalla Rotary, Marangan Masonic Lodge, Freemasons Charitable Trust, Benalla Bowls Club, Benalla Legacy and the Cooinda Achievers Fundraising group.
The intensive care wing will welcome new residents on November 19, 2007.
Also in the news, November 7, 2007:
●Benalla residents were encouraged to shop local
●The world premiere of Precious Bodily Fluids was held at BPACC
●Indi residents had six candidates to choose from at the November 24 election
●Work was completed at the new greenskeeper’s shed at the Benalla Bowls Club
●A 28-year-old Shepparton man suffered spinal injuries in a car crash near Lima
●Nine basketball players from Benalla were selected to represent the Country Victoria basketball team