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Read about the wonderful people living, working and volunteering in our villages. They each bring life and energy to our thriving village communities.

Nursing has always been in Theresa Marsh’s blood, thanks to a family member who encouraged her to consider it as a career.

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A new mulberry tree stands sentinel in one of Rushall Park’s extensive lawns, a symbolic gesture to mark OCAV’s 150th anniversary and to pay tribute to a former resident, a pioneering silk grower in Victoria.

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Living in her “bushland’ home at Leith Park has been a short 15 years for Gina Louis who moved from Blackwood to the retirement village.

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In about a month’s time Australia’s building ministers will meet to consider the inclusion of minimum accessibility standards in the National Construction Code (NCC).

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In April this year, Jennifer Barden dreamed up the idea of an Honesty Basket, filled with treats baked by Rushall Park residents.

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Over 200 terracotta pots of hope now sit pride of place in residents’ gardens across all four of OCAV villages thanks to a wonderful sponsorship program from the AMES community group and Northcote Pottery.

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Liscombe House nurses Josephine Katite and Katrina Garnsey are taking part in national research into managing end of life better.

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John Thomas Edgar may not be a familiar name to many Victorian cricket fans today but his place in the sport’s history was secured when he, together with several early settlers, helped to establish the first Aboriginal cricket team to tour England in 1866.

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When Lyn and Keith Geer read that Liscombe House was hoping to create a retro pop-up café for Liscombe House, they knew they could help.

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The past year has been one of two halves for Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria: celebrating our 150 year celebrations before turning to deal with the abrupt arrival of COVID-19 this year.

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"I love the fact that Rushall Park residents and volunteers are so active – contributing to life in the village. The sense of the community is strong which is why I put my name on the waiting list" - Maggie Birkett.

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