STAWELL - More than 100 people attended the official opening of Eventide Homes' $3.4 million brand new wing, unveiled as 'Warne House'.
Bob Jones of Freemasons Victoria officially opened the luxurious 20-bed special needs accommodation, which was named after Roger Warne to honour the 28 years he has volunteered as a Board of Governance member.
"This is a great honour," Mr Warne said.
I've experienced many achievements during my time on the board, probably the biggest being going from a 10-bed licensed facility to 100 beds.
"All indicators show that we are going to need more beds in our region over the next few years.
"The new wing is a measure of what aged care means to us at Eventide and the people of Stawell. We have been very thankful for all of the community donations that have assisted with the fit-out of the new building."
After the official opening, groups were taken on tours of Warne House, including its unique sensory garden with raised vegetable beds, water feature and tactile sculptures.
A new common lounge area named after former Eventide resident Win Schwartz was also officially opened.
After passing away in 2008, a bequest by Mrs Schwartz enabled Eventide to build and fit-out the modern yet homely lounge area.
Long-time friend Peter Mellor and former employee at Mrs Schwartz's pharmacy Jeanette Croton unveiled a plaque. Mrs Schwartz's two cats, which still live at Eventide, were 'special guests', much to the crowd's delight.
"Win was a fascinating lady, and was an amazing source of information about Stawell and its history," Mr Mellor said.
"She'll always be remembered as someone who helped others and never liked to see anyone go without."
Eventide Homes chief executive officer Sue Blakey was overwhelmed by the turnout last Sunday.
"It was a wonderful opportunity for the general public to really see what Eventide is about and meet our caring staff," Mrs Blakey said.
"It was also lovely to honour the contribution of two very giving people to the Stawell community: Roger Warne and Win Schwartz."