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Brandon Park retirement village named after Dame Nellie Melba


From left: Victoria Regional Sales and Community Relations Manager Robert Taylor, Melba Opera Trust General Manager Amy Black, Debbie, Dale and Michelle.

The operatic icon borrowed her stage name from Melbourne, now she’s lending it back

Dame Nellie Melba’s face graces the Australian $100 note, and now her name will be forever fixed to Ryman Healthcare’s new $200m retirement village in Brandon Park.

More than 200 people attended the unveiling of the new village’s name at the Mulgrave Country Club today.

Ryman Healthcare names all its retirement villages after exceptional people. Its first Melbourne village, opened in Wheelers Hill in 2014, was named in honour of Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop.

Ryman Healthcare Group Sales and Community Relations Manager Debbie McClure said she was delighted the company’s newest village would bear the name of such an influential Australian.

“Dame Nellie was an international opera superstar, but had so much affection for Melbourne she chose a stage name that paid homage to her hometown.

“To now have that name forever attached to a village community that will care for thousands of Melburnians is a wonderful way to honour her legacy.”

Ms McClure said Ryman Healthcare has forged an ongoing relationship with the Melba Opera Trust, which is Australia’s premier scholarship program for promising young opera singers.

General Manager of the Melba Opera Trust, Amy Black, said: “Melba had a fierce sense of community and was very generous in supporting worthy causes.

“Through our new partnership, this exciting initiative champions Melba’s values and will support the scholarship that was established by Dame Nellie Melba 87 years ago and continues today through the Melba Opera Trust.

“Residents of the village can look forward to regular performances from our exceptional young opera singers,” Mrs Black said.

The Nellie Melba village will include two and three-bedroom independent townhouses, apartments and an aged care centre. The aged care centre will include rest home, specialist dementia as well as hospital-level care.

The resort-style amenities will include a gym, a bowling green, a hairdressing salon, a chapel, a movie theatre, a bar, a cafe and an indoor swimming pool.

The Nellie Melba village will be home to more than 600 people, with the first residents due to move in in July. It will create more than 200 jobs, pumping millions of dollars into the local community.

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