Seniors accommodation celebrates 50 years

Foundation member Peggy Sharpe unveiled a plaque at Yallambee commemorating 50 years of service to the aged, while residents, past and present committee members and friends gathered for the celebrations.

Mrs Sharpe spoke about the early struggles to get the accommodation project up and running in 1967, and the amazing support that followed from all sectors of the community, including local service clubs. She said it had always been a financial battle because the project does not meet the criteria for ongoing government funding.

Mrs Sharpe congratulated Delores Worthington and the committee for their persistence and everyone else who had volunteered for or supported Yallambee in the past. Long-serving committee member, Betty Hamilton, joined Mrs Sharpe in cutting the 50th birthday cake.

An Aboriginal word meaning “To Dwell at Ease” Yallambee has been a peaceful haven for many of the town’s seniors to enjoy their retirement years.

When the complex was completed it was the first of its kind in the area.

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