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News & Events

OCAV is well placed to comment in issues relating to ageing and care for ageing Victorians, having provided these services for almost 150 years.

OCAV has taken its seat at the table this year, making submissions to all key inquiries and advocating for residents during State and Federal election campaigns. It has been an important year for the aged care sector in light of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

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Families across Casey celebrated an afternoon of music, dancing and history as they marked the Old Colonists’Association of Victoria’s 150th anniversary at Braeside Park. Around 150 visitors basked in glorious sunshine on Saturday 13 October, enjoying the sounds of six piece jazz band The Astor Swing Band, sitting down to a traditional afternoon tea of scones and jam, or buying up large on home made jams and marmalades made by Marie, one of ...

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Music filled Leith Park village as young people from surrounding schools sang to welcome visitors as they meandered through the gardens taking in the sights and sounds of the 150th Anniversary Festival.

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If you want to develop your creative side, or are an artist looking to explore new avenues, the Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria wants to hear from you.

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‘We couldn’t do it without you’ is a commonly used expression. Here at OCAV we really mean it. We simply couldn’t do what we do without the support of some of Australia’s leading philanthropists.

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It was a community affair on Satuday 23 November as some of Euroa’s best known groups joined the Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria to mark its 150th anniversary.

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The rain held off. The bunting flapped firmly. And the crowds came – 1,000 people throughout the day – to enjoy the Garden Party of the year, a celebration fitting for 150 years of support and care for older Victorians.

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What a wonderful year the Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria has had. While our focus in the last half of 2019 has very much been on our 150th anniversary, the year has been peppered with triumphs as well as ongoing advocacy to assist more older Victorians needing housing and support.

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Judy Drill, who began volunteering 10 years ago, makes Christmas cakes, and residents at Liscombe House, OCAV’s aged care facility, get to enjoy watching them being decorated in the lead up to Christmas.

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Fifty years from 2019, future residents will be urged to dig deep to retrieve time capsules that were buried at each village during the 150th anniversary celebrations. “What each capsule represents is an overview of what OCAV is today, kind of a crossroads between the history of where we've been and the future of where we're going," CEO Phillip Wohlers said.

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"There is nothing I would change that would make my life any better. I have two loving sons and family and I thank God every day that OCAV took me in when I had nothing," said Jill Dale, Braeside Park resident.

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