About 70 residents at MercyCare’s retirement village in Wembley have celebrated the village being open for a decade.
The village itself was built in three stages, and around 22 community members and eight retired Sisters of Mercy became the ‘first settlers’.
One of those people was Noreen Willett, who said that the village looked a bit like a construction site when she and her husband Don first arrived.
"When we moved in, it was just a sand patch, there were piles of bricks everywhere and no road,” she said.
“As they sold the first lots, they would build the next ones and we were getting new people every 3-4 months, which was an awful lot of fun!”
Noreen said life in the village was very social, particularly as it grew to house 160 people.
“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.
“What I love about it is that everything is within the village, and it's good that it's all contained here. There are also bus trips 2-3 times a year.
“It's grown into a real community and a lot of the residents' families know each other, and many of them live in the area.
“There have even been a few marriages among residents' extended families!"
MercyCare Chief Executive Officer Chris Hall said MercyCare believed in building and maintaining strong communities.
“As people age, those social ties become even more important,” he said.
“We hope the ‘first settlers’ continue to be part of the community at Mercy Village for many years to come.”