As we plan to commemorate ANZAC Day this week, Peninsula Villages is paying tribute to a sacred moment in ANZAC history, naming its new $30 million development in honour of the battle that defined the bravery of our World War I (WWI) Diggers.
Waged in 1916, ‘The Battle of Pozieres’ is perhaps the Australian Army’s most sombre triumph, claiming 23,000 casualties that included 6,800 deaths in just six weeks of fighting.
As a result of this incredible sacrifice, the name of the tiny French village has become part of Australian folklore, replicated on many street signs around the country.
Among them is Pozieres Avenue, Umina Beach, home of Peninsula Villages’ soon to be opened 114-bed ageing-in-place development.
When Peninsula Villages recently finalised a competition to name the three-storey building, it seemed fitting the most popular name gave a respectful nod to tradition, ‘Pozieres House’.
Pozieres House will set a standard for aged care not seen before on the Central Coast. Specialist aged, palliative and dementia care units will all be housed within separate hubs and accommodated on separate floors to ensure continuity of care between staff and the residents. The new building will replace the existing amenities at Jack Aldous House, with all rooms to include a private bathroom.
Peninsula Villages Chief Executive Officer, Shane Neaves said the competition to name the building canvassed the views of residents, staff and the local community.
“The name ‘Pozieres House’ was submitted multiple times – and it’s easy to understand why,” said Shane.
“Our residents and this community have an extremely deep respect for history. They are always enthusiastic about paying tribute to Australia’s past heroes.
“The name of our new state-of-the-art residential aged care development, Pozieres House, continues that theme, making it a stand-out choice that our Board was very proud to endorse,” he added.
The Pozieres House development is not only a huge boost for aged care on the Central Coast, but also for the local economy and labour market, creating more jobs.
“If you combine the Pozieres House construction project and our recently approved DA for affordable housing at our Springwood site, Peninsula Villages is self-funding a $30 million investment in aged care for the Central Coast region,” concluded Shane.
Under construction since late 2018, Pozieres House will soon join independent living units across three sites as well as Don Leggett House and Pam Palmer House care facilities at the award-winning Peninsula Villages. The development is scheduled for completion in late 2020.