Life members honoured in new aged care redevelopment

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HONOURARY MEMBERS… From left, Shepparton Retirement Villages life members, Barry Campbell and Santo Varapodio take a tour of the Mooroopna Place construction site. Photo: Supplied.

Long-time supporters of Shepparton Retirement Villages, Barry Campbell and Santo Varapodio OAM will have wings at the new $20 million Mooroopna Place development named in their honour.

The newly refurbished and re-built residential aged care facility at Rodney Park Village will house 100 beds; 40 of those will be in the brand new building at the front of the development, while the other 60 at the rear of the building have been totally gutted and refurbished.

Estimated to be completed by the end of 2020, the wings to be named Varapodio Way and Campbell Court will be joined by an open plan reception, wellness centre and administration hub.

Both Mr Varapodio and Mr Campbell were instrumental in the planning and fundraising for the original facilities at Rodney Park, and passionate about the community’s vision for aged care in Mooroopna. Both are life members of Shepparton Retirement Villages and Mr Campbell is a past president of the Board of Management.

Shepparton Retirement Villages recently hosted a tour of the building works for the pair who were amazed at the progress and delighted with the honour bestowed upon them by the Board of Management.

Mr Campbell also had the honour of turning the sod on the development last year.