A retirement village pays homage to Australian entertainment royalty
“I’m looking for souvenirs to keep in the village so you can always see his smiling moon face.”
Debra Richardson, director of sales and community relations for Ryman Healthcare at Victorian Healthcare, said the company has been naming its villages after exceptional people for more than 30 years.
“In the search for an outstanding Australian to name our village of Highett, it was impossible to top Bert,” she says.
“We don’t just slap a name on the front of the doore – we are committed to creating something that stands as a living, breathing tribute to that person’s life and legacy.
“The person we chose to honor in our village of Highett is an Australian we all felt we knew and couldn’t help but love.”
The late Bert Newton was known for the mark he left on television and radio for over 50 years – a four-time Gold Logie winner and Logie Hall of Fame inductee.
He died in Prahran, Victoria on October 30, 2021at 83 years old.
Other Australian icons Ryman Healthcare have named their facilities after Australian Football League royalty Charles Brownlow and Olympian Raelene Boyle.
The Bert Newton Retirement Village in Highett will include self-contained apartments, an assisted living in serviced apartments and an aged care centre.
The village will be home to around 230 people when completed and the first batch of residents are expected to move in next year.