It’s been 20 years since the first residents arrived at Bolton Clarke’s Fairview Retirement Village at Pinjarra Hills.
For some, it’s been home ever since. Six original residents were among those sharing their memories at a birthday party this month to celebrate the relationships they’ve built and the growth they’ve seen along the way.
“It was one stinking hot Queens Birthday weekend,” resident Daryl Howells said of the day he arrived.
“We came into what was a bare bones village – no frills.”
Building connections didn’t take long. After three months, resident meetings began and soon the growing neighbourhood was coming together for regular dinners.
“I clearly remember the ladies bringing their electric fry pans up and cooking in the kitchen,” Daryl said.
“It was the groundwork the residents and staff laid back then that has allowed the community to thrive.”
In what has become something of a Fairview tradition for special events since a few of the ladies first shared tea and biscuits in the community hall 20 years ago, residents celebrated the 20th anniversary with a shared luncheon attended by many special guests.
Residential manager Kathy Cook said Fairview’s community spirit remained strong.
“Since moving here I’ve found Fairview to be open and caring,” she said.
“The residents make the village what it is.”
Fairview was one of RSL Care Queensland’s earliest retirement villages, built to meet a growing need for independent living options in a supportive environment.
Today, the village houses more than 80 residents who enjoy facilities including a community vegetable garden, a large community centre with volunteer-run library, a bowling green and a heated swimming pool.