Spoon feeding Vines: Steven helps ensure growth of retirement options after spell as ‘Mr Mum’

INDEPENDENT living villas offer retirees the ultimate lifestyle opportunity.

Steven Spooner is dedicated to promoting those retirement living and the lifestyle options here in Sunraysia.

For the past 11 years, Steven has seen the Vines Retirement Village­ grow from a 30-villa complex to a “final build” of 119 quality and affordable two and three-bedroom homes, set among six hectares of landscaped lawns and gardens.

“We have a village atmosphere that promotes the safety and security of our residents, and gives them the ability to maintain their independence and also the ability to leave the responsibility of home ownership to us as they travel and explore new beginnings,” Steven said.

“The hub of our village complex is our fully equipped community centre where residents can avail themselves of the activity hall, games and billiards area, library, craft room, outdoor barbecue area, dining room, hairdresser, doctor’s consulting room and a wonderful outdoor village green.” 

Steven is no stranger to looking after other people’s needs, having spent 20 years in administration at the former Mildura Base Hospital.

“Starting work at the hospital as an 18-year-old, I had anticipated a long working career there, but sadly, with the privatisation changes, my final task was to oversee the de-commissioning of the old Mildura Base Hospital­ and its assets.

“There definitely was a tear shed on my last day in July 2001, not knowing what my next career move might be.

“My wife, Toni, had just returned to work as manager of the Mildura Medicare Office­, leaving me at home to play ‘Mr Mum’ to our then 18-month-old son Alexander.

“When the list of daily chores was written out on an A4 sheet of paper – on both sides – I decided it was time for me to ‘vacate the playgroup’ and return to the workforce,” Steven smiled.

The opportunity for Steven to attend a job interview at the Vines retirement Village in August 2001 led to the new direction in his working life.

“It’s been both a challenging and rewarding 10 years with a new chapter recently started with the purchase of the village by Southern Cross Care Broken Hill – a not-for-profit provider of aged care and retirement living.

“This new direction will give long-term stability to current and future residents,” he said. “My life’s got a little busier as a result, given my regular six-hour return trip to attend to the administration of the two villages in Broken Hill.”

For more of this story, purchase your copy of Tuesday's Sunraysia Daily 18/12/2012.

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