Mildura Weekly : Friday April 11 2014 Vol 8 No 23
Mildura Weekly – 11/04/14 13 www.milduraphonebook.com.au ONE of Australia’s most celebrated patissiers and regular guest on Master Chef, Adriano Zumbo, has accepted the role of ambassador for the 2014 Merbein Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph. The baking competi- tion, which incorporates the National Dried Vine Fruit Bake-off, will be held on Saturday, August 16. Merbein Vanilla Slice Committee chairperson Bernadette Wells said the town was excited that Adriano had accepted the invitation, and would be in Merbein to demon- strate his dessert-making skills....a far cry from the days when the Zumbo’s first taste of the sweet life was raiding the lollies and cake mix from his parent’s Coonamble IGA super- market. He started an appren- ticeship at 15, worked his way up through the busi- ness, started his own Bal- main, Sydney shop-front in 2007 before an appear- ance on the first series of Master Chef, a move that presented him to a huge audience, and made him a household name. Zumbo ‘icing on the cake’ for Vanilla Triumph WENTWORTH’S Murray House aged care facility has launched a building appeal to help fund a 12-bed exten- sion. The Committee of Man- agement has estimated the extension of the Mur- ray Street facility will cost $1.8million. The Federal Government has commit- ted $800,000, and Murray House itself $700,000. “We are looking to raise $300,000 from the com- munity,” appeal commit- tee spokesperson Kerryn Swarbrick said this week. Murray House currently cares for 42 frail, aged and disabled residents – 40 of them permanent residents, and offering two respite places. The extension, it says, is necessary to meet the grow- ing need of aged care accom- modation in the Wentworth Shire, and wider Sunraysia. Kerryn is the spokesper- son for the appeal sub-com- mittee formed to oversee the fund-raising effort, declaring the group “wants to raise as much as possible to provide a facility the community could be proud of.” As well as providing 12 extra beds, the project will include extensions to Mur- ray House’s activities and dining areas, as well as up- grades to other areas of the home. Planning approval for the extension has been granted, and construction is planned to begin next month. The scheduled comple- tion date is June 2015. Mrs Swarbrick com- mended the project to the community, saying it will not only provide extra facili- ties for the elderly, but once completed will create at least five extra care jobs. During construction, the project it will also create construction industry jobs. Murray House CEO Sid Duckett confirmed this week that the Murray House board of management had invited tenders from Sunray- sia-based contractors, and a decision on who will build the new wing is expected as early as next week. “We think it is important to keep the project local,” he said. “Keeping the money here, and providing jobs for local tradesmen.” Meanwhile, the appeal committee will be pushing ahead with its fund-raising efforts, seeking both local, and outside financial sup- port. The committee intends to make submissions to vari- ous trusts and foundations in coming months, as well as offering ‘room sponsor- ships.’ The latter initiative will provide businesses, families or individuals with an opportunity to make a fully tax deductible dona- tion to fund the fit-out of one, or more, of the 12 new rooms. In return, Mr Duckett said, a plaque will be pro- vided recognising the com- pany, family or individual for their donation. There will also be the op- portunity to make the dona- tion over two financial years, he added. The sponsorship figure is yet to be set, but likely to be in the $5000 to $10,000 range. And, the appeal commit- tee is planning a raft of other fund-raising activities in com- ing months. The first of these will be a presence at the Easter Sunday Junction Junk town- wide garage sale in Went- worth, and a bush dance later in the year. Anyone wishing to sup- port the Murray House Build- ing Appeal should contact Kerryn by email on kerryns@ iinet.net.au; or Andrew Rix by email on firstname.lastname@example.org. au or Sid Duckett on 5027 3384 or by email sduckett@ murrayhouse.com.au . Also, donations can be sent to directly to Murray House, 31-37 Murray Street, Wentworth, NSW, 2648, or lodged with Wentworth’s Community Bank. All donations are tax de- ductible. Murray House expansion funds appeal Murray House • An artist’s impression of the revamped Murray House entry, part of a $1.8m expansion build that is scheduled to begin next month.
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