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Mary MacKillop Care
BADGE is proud to announce
Stage 1 of the Mary MacKillop
Aged Care Redevelopment
reached Practical Completion on 6
Congratulations to our project team
for ensuring the success of this pro-
ject by delivering a construction of
such high quality.
Stage 2 of this three stage project
will now commence with the project
due for completion in March 2017.
Curtin is proud to be
associated with Stage 1 of the
Mary MacKillop Aged Care Redevelopment.
Specialising in the supply and installation
of commercial food equipment, custom built
stainless steel products for the hospitality
industry and custom made stainless steel
balustrades and handrails.
HOUSE WARMING: Flora
MacDonald Lodge resident
Dudley Afford was given a
surprise gift last week by
former Crows footballer Nigel
Smart. Dudley has been a
resident of the lodge for the
past eight years and had just
moved into his new room
when a signed Adelaide Crows
guernsey was presented
by Smart, the club’s chief
operating officer. Dudley
left such an impression on
the site workers of BADGE
Construction that they wanted
to return the avid Crows fan’s
friendship with a gift.
The history of Flora McDonald Lodge is
etched on the walls of a stunning new building
completed last month as part of a multi-million
dollar redevelopment of the Cowandilla aged
The first stage of the Mary MacKillop Care SA
development was blessed last month by Vicar
General Fr Philip Marshall. Three ‘houses’ in
a planned total of nine have been completed
and are named after three people associated
with what was once called The Providence; Sr
Elizabeth Etheridge, the first Josephite Sister to
work in aged care; Emanuel Solomon, a friend
and supporter of St Mary MacKillop and Fr
Julian Woods, the co-founder of the Order.
Each themed house accommodates 17
residents in single rooms complemented with
spacious, light-filled dining areas and living
rooms overlooking a courtyard. The new
complex designed by Brown Falconer also
includes a new reception area, reading room,
kitchen, laundry and staff facilities, all of which
feature state-of-the-art design and technology.
A story board by artist Peter Templeton reflects
the history and charism of the Josephite Sisters
whose care for the vulnerable continues through
the operations of Mary MacKillop Care.
During the blessing on August 21, historian
Sr Marie Foale spoke of the legacy of John
Byrne who bequeathed his Cowandilla home in
1931 to the Sisters who operated a school on
the site until it became The Providence in 1951.
She also referred to Mary’s mother Flora
McDonald, after whom the aged care facility
Fr Marshall said the charism of the Sisters of
St Joseph “floods our diocese with grace” and
spoke of the importance of caring for the elderly
in the community, some of whom were lonely
Chair of Mary MacKillop Care Board Mr Colin
Whyte said it had been a long journey to rebuild
‘Flora’ at a huge cost and without any capital
from the Government.
“It’s been a huge effort all round,” he said.
Mr Whyte paid tribute to the Sisters of St
Joseph for their support and the Chief Executive
Mr David Ferrier and all of the staff for delivering
the “magnificent facility”, for tolerating the
inconvenience and achieving the transfer of
residents in eight days – “a great achievement”.
He said the new building was intended to be
“as home-like as possible” and would provide
a safe, warm and friendly environment for
residents and their families as well as a good
working environment for staff.
The demolition of the old site has now begun
and stage two is expected to be completed in
April next year.
New era for historic
aged care home
By Jenny Brinkworth
Sisters Mary Cresp,
Marie Foale and
Genevieve Ryan look
at the story boards
depicting the history of
the Order’s work in the
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