Changes in leadership at the Murraylands Retirement Village comes on top of their success with winning their category in the recent Rural City of Murray Bridge Spring Garden Competition.
The appointment of Julie Colman as Village Manager coincides with the appointment of Tim Potter as Chairman of the Board of Management.
Ms Colman has worked in Adelaide in both the retirement village as well as the “Not for Profit” residential aged care sectors.
Ms Colman commented she had made the best decision in coming to Murraylands.
“Not only have the residents and staff openly welcomed me into their community, but knowing the Village has been awarded provisional accreditation is reassuring for me, the residents and the staff,” she said.
Mr Potter has been a member of the Board of Management for two years.
He brings to the Board skills in Local Government, Policies and Residential Groups.
Mr Potter’s appointment comes just before changes to the Retirement Villages Act 2016 and the Regulations coming into effect in January 2018.
“It’s pleasing that Murraylands has pre-empted many of the changes and can implement them all with little disruption to the community,” he said.
Murraylands Retirement Village contains 90 independent living units for retirees or those working part-time and over the age of 55.
The Village is spread over approximately 2.5 hectares of land.
It has a mixture of native, flowering, vegetable gardens and large lawned areas cared for by both the handyman Peter, and the dedicated group of residents.
Ms Colman said when the garden competition’s judging panel visited Murraylands, they commented not only on the diversity of the plants on view but also how the gardens all seamlessly flowed together.
Of particular pride to the Village are the vegetable gardens and orchards.
Residents share and swap their garden produce.
The Community Centre has seen many a working bee with the orchard producing apples, citrus, nectarines, peaches, quince, loquats and many more.