Rising from rubble


Michael O’Dea, Bill Utting, Don Willett, Norm Clark, Noreen Willett and Joan Vlatko Rulo celebrated MercyCare’s 10th anniversary recently.
Michael O’Dea, Bill Utting, Don Willett, Norm Clark, Noreen Willett and Joan Vlatko Rulo celebrated MercyCare’s 10th anniversary recently.

Noreen Willett and husband Don were among 22 residents to move into the Wembley village years ago.

“When we moved in, it was just a sand patch – there were piles of bricks everywhere and no road,” Mrs Willett said.

“As they sold the first lots, they would build the next ones and we were getting new people every three or four months, which was an awful lot of fun.”

Mrs Willett said the community, now with 160 residents, had grown into a social group.

“You can be as involved in village life as you want to be, there’s something for everyone including tai chi, armchair yoga, mahjong, crafts, bridge, board games and we have a happy hour every Friday night,” she said.

MercyCare chief executive Chris Hall said social ties become more important as people age. “We hope the ‘first settlers’ continue to be part of the community for many years,” he said.