Havilah celebrates 25-year milestone

Havilah celebrated 25 years of operation this week, but it was business as usual at the facility for staff member Ingrid and resident Reg who were hard at work.

Local aged care facility Havilah has notched a milestone 25 years in the community as of this week with no plans to slow down any time soon.

From humble beginnings pre-computers, with staff writing all paperwork by hand and initially serving just 30 residents and employing 14 people, Havilah has grown exponentially over the last two and a half decades to now house 195 residents and employ over 200 staff.

Havilah’s Harkness Street site was officially opened in June of 1995 after years of tireless campaigning from businesses, local government and community groups, and the generosity of the Rootes and Maffescioni families in particular.

Through all contributions, a grand total of $900,000 was raised to get Havilah constructed and to redevelop the Maryborough Hospital.

At the time it was labeled the biggest development for the town since the opening of Allen’s and Australia Print Group in the 1980s.

Havilah has since grown to a two-site retirement community with the construction of Havilah on Palmerston in 2013.

Long-time employee Raeleen Brooker has seen almost all 25 years at the facility, with 23 now squared away and said the growth of Havilah over the past two decades has kept the job interesting.

For more on this story see Page 8 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, June 23

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