Murray Bridge Residential Aged Care
Plans underway for 72 bed residential aged care facility in Murray Bridge
The Board of RSL Care SA has announced its intention to construct a new 72-bed residential aged care facility in Murray Bridge, to be called Romani.
Romani is a $22m project that will deliver a very impressive capability not only for Murray Bridge but for the broader rural communities in the river land.
Apart from the very important benefits Romani will bring for older community members, the broader community benefit also includes the equivalent of approximately 93 job-years of employment during the construction phase, and ongoing employment for approximately 80 staff once the facility opens in early 2023.
RSL Care SA has spent a lot of time working with consultants and visiting other new aged care developments both in South Australia and in regional areas interstate, and are very confident that Romani’s room layouts and facility design will offer a truly magnificent level of accommodation and services for residents.
Romani will be a state of the art facility, delivering state of the art levels of service. There will be a café, hairdresser, allied health support and doctor’s rooms, along with separate resident dining areas in each wing and a central activities area for major events and entertainment.
The Romani facility is designed to take into account the risks associated with the various infections that are present in our general community (such as Coronavirus and Influenza). Every room in Romani will have its own private bathroom and there will be many small meeting spaces throughout the facility. It will have industry-leading laundry and catering facilities, and three very distinct areas of accommodation for residents that all can be managed completely separately from each other as needed. Romani will also have a significant amount of separate outdoor spaces where residents can enjoy garden areas safely, and every bedroom will have their own windows to the outside.
Plans are currently being assessed by the Rural City of Murray Bridge Council, and RSL Care SA CEO, Nathan Klinge observes that, “We have been very impressed with the level of engagement and interest shown by the Council for this project. Their input to date has been invaluable, and I thank them for their ongoing work under the very difficult circumstances at present”.
The Battle of Romani
The facility is named after the battle of Romani, which was fought between the 3rd and 5th of August 1916. The battle of Romani was one of the most important and decisive victories in WW1. It was a battle that finally put a stop to the Turkish threat to the Suez Canal and marked the beginning of the British and Australian forces’ drive out of Egypt and into Palestine. The British defences were sited amidst a series of towering sand dunes, 35 kilometres east of the canal, which the Turks tried to outflank to the south early on 4 August. Initially, only the 1st Light Horse Brigade was in position to meet the Turkish attack. Heavily outnumbered it was forced to fall back but as the day progressed both mounted and infantry reinforcements steadily arrived, allowing the position to be stabilized around a massive dune known as Mount Royston, named after the charismatic light horse officer Lieutenant Colonel “Galloping Jack” Royston. The position was held throughout the night and before dawn the next morning the 1st and 2nd Light Horse Brigades advanced on foot with the bayonet. Turkish resistance collapsed at this point, and large numbers of prisoners were taken. At 6.30 am fresh troops of the 3rd Light Brigade were turned loose in pursuit of the retreating Turks.
136 Australians died in the battle, many of them from country and rural areas.
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