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Keep in touch with what is happening in The Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria community. Each edition we feature profiles of the people who make up our villages and discuss village developments, and broader issues that affect ageing Victorians. Click the 'Subscribe' button above.

Margaret and George Young moved to Rushall Park 19 years ago expecting to see out their days there. So far so good. The pair, who celebrated 75 years of marriage this year, are one of the oldest couples in the North Fitzroy village.

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Ken Trimble has made Currie Park his home. So much so, that he is sharing a poem he has written about the village with future residents.

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Exercising outside is enjoyable and inspiring as Leith Park residents are finding out as they take part in ENJOY, a national research program run by the National Ageing Research Institute.

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It’s taken more than 70 years for Mim Dale to find a safe, secure and loving home. After she moved into OCAV’s Braeside Park village in Berwick two years ago, her nervous nights ended and she found the sanctuary she had been hoping to find since she was a child.

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Kay Baker felt like she had won the lottery when she arrived at Leith Park in 2015. Four years down the track she reckons it was better than winning the lottery.

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OCAV’s Leith Park residents can grow their own vegetables and make their own compost thanks to an environmental grant from Banyule City Council.

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Rose knows what it is like to be homeless. She had too many years of couch surfing, living in precarious private rental accommodation, and being forced to move from one residence to another as a result of domestic violence and elder abuse.

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Like many of you, I have been dismayed by the interim report recently handed down by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The title says it: Neglect.

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When Currie Park residents put the call out to the local Euroa community to take part in the 150th celebrations on Saturday November 23, they were not expecting the reception they have had. “We have been overwhelmed by the support from the community,” 150th Currie Park coordinator Ellen Doyle said.

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Three years ago a group of women from OCAV’s Rushall Park village, armed with a needle and thread, embarked on a project to showcase their beautiful cottages. Marrying photography, painting and embroidery the women created stunning embroidery panels, which are now exhibited in the village’s community centre to mark the 150th anniversary of the organisation.

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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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