Wing named for perpetual carer

ON THE WING: Kenneth Stanley Thompson, Barnaby Joyce, Marina Griffin and Alex Shaw walk the corridors of the new Marina Griffin Wing at Tamworth Cottage Homes. Photo: Barry Smith 060814BSA17

ON THE WING: Kenneth Stanley Thompson, Barnaby Joyce, Marina Griffin and Alex Shaw walk the corridors of the new Marina Griffin Wing at Tamworth Cottage Homes. Photo: Barry Smith 060814BSA17

TAMWORTH Cottage Homes has opened its doors to a group of new residents with the completion of a new wing. 

The refurbished aged care facility and the new $5.5 million Marina Griffin Wing were officially opened by New England MP Barnaby Joyce on Wednesday.

Mrs Griffin managed Tamworth Cottage Homes for seven years and said it was “an enormous honour” to have the wing named after her. 

“I am just so proud and humbled at the same time,” she said. 

She said the home, run by the Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution, had already settled 25 new residents. 

“I talked to a lot of residents today,” she said. 

“Their enthusiasm for the place just inspired me.”

She said she was motivated to care for people for the entirety of their lives. 

Mr Joyce said it was important for people entering aged care to remain close to their family and community. 

“People want to look out their window and see the hills they grew up with,” he said.

The official party toured the new wing after a performance from the Tamworth South 

Primary School choir.

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