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THE Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has
awarded Grossard Court Aged Care facility a ‘Bet-
ter Practices Award’ for a model railway project
that has been undertaken over the past two years
by its Men’s Group.
The project, which has been a life changing ex-
perience for a number of men at the home, has
attracted attention and support from many groups
and organisations in the community, including the
local model railway club which invited the men to
present it at the annual local railway model exhibi-
Local enthusiasts share their model trains, ex-
pertise and volunteer their time in sharing skills
with the residents.
Such was the success of the initial railway model
that a second is currently being built.
A presentation ceremony was held at Grossard
Court on Tuesday, attended by those involved.
Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Assistant
Director Lorraine Baker made the presentation at
a ceremony at Grossard Court last Tuesday, and
commended the project as an outstanding one,
that engaged and involved members of the Men’s
Group in a meaningful way.
The project was one of just 28 selected from 195
David Hall, the facilitator of the Men’s Group,
that meets twice weekly in Grossard Court, de-
scribed the project as a life changing experience
for many of the aged care residents involved.
Each of the participants has taken ownership of
a section of the construction, and it is providing
hours of collaborative work and positive interac-
tion for the men involved.
David is delighted with the success of the proj-
ect, which he says is about much more than the
creation of a railway.
“The Men’s Group is a vital part of life for the
men residing at Grossard,” he commented.
“Up to 15 participants have been involved.
“It’s about blokes getting together and being
blokes, as much as the construction.
“And creating a vision together, and working to
achieve it.Everyone contributes.
Just as importantly, says david, is the camara-
derie that develops, and the conversations and
enjoyment of purely male male company for a few
hours each week.
And while it is the Men’s Group who have creat-
ed the model railways, the ladies of Grossard have
also taken a keen interest in the progress made
each week, offering encouragement and support.
The railway module does the rounds of Gros-
sard, displayed in the various sections, for resi-
dents to operate and enjoy.
It brings back memories for some, and prompts
lots of discussion about the days when trains were
an important mode of transport for their genera-
“It’s great to have been a part of this,” said David
after the presentation.
“This project has truly enriched many men’s
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BASS Coast Shire Council has announced that
the Wonthaggi Cinema will continue to operate.
“It was clear throughout the recent community
consultation for the Wonthaggi Union Community
Arts Centre business case of the importance of
film to the Wonthaggi and surrounding commu-
nity,” Bass Coast CEO Paul Buckley said last week.
“Dating back to 1924, the rich fabric of film in
the area will now continue with Council taking on
the management of all film and kiosk operations.
“After 17 years at the Wonthaggi Union Com-
munity Arts Centre, Council is appreciative of the
longevity and service Keith Stevens has provided
to the community.”
Responding to community feedback on the need
to retain and better the current service offered, Mr
Buckley, said that there is a clear way forward
“What was clear from the outset is the commu-
nity’s desire to reinvigorate the Arts Centre and to
have film at the forefront of the long list of activities
it caters for.
“We expect, that through this change in manage-
ment, to see a more open, considered program-
ming schedule which allows all film goers an op-
portunity to enjoy the Centre and what it has to
“Council has now purchased the state of the art
equipment, and will be continuing the strong bond
with Keith as he will continue to provide an essen-
tial programming role at the Centre until June 30,
“Since Keith’s retirement announcement, Coun-
cil has been working alongside key community
members and would like to acknowledge the im-
portant role the Bass Coast Fine Film Group plays
in the provision of its highly popular cultural film
“Council is now planning for the future of the
Centre following Keith’s retirement and expect
there to be minimal disruption to the current ser-
vice provided while a handover takes place.
“It is expected the cinema to be up and running
again in time for this year’s busy summer holiday
Wonthaggi Cinema to continue
Men’s Group participants are pictured with the second model railway project that they
have embarked upon, such was the success of the first. Front from left, they are Albert Ball,
Kevin Borland, Phillip Snelson, Terry Joyce, and John Sullivan. Back from left are Frank
Res, David Hall, facilitator of the Grossard Court Men’s Group, Harry Smythe, Cathy Single-
ton, Lifestyle co-ordiantor at Grossard, and a great supporter of the award winning project,
Teddy Tomkins, Patrick King and Rosemary Pace, residential manager.
Grossard Court resident and a foundation
member of the Men’s Group there, Albert
Ball (left), accepts a Better Practices Award
for the Grossard Court Aged Care facility
from Aged Care Quality Agency Assistant Di-
rector Lorraine Baker. The prestigious award
recognised a model railway project that the
Men’s Group at Grossard have been working
Prestigious award for Grossard Court
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