The original manager of the Capricorn Adventist Retirement Village (CARV) in Yeppoon, Queensland, has been honoured during Australia Day celebrations.
During the Australia Day weekend, John Martin was honoured by the Livingstone Shire Council with a “Living Legend Nomination”, a certificate of recognition for his outstanding community service.
Mr Martin was manager of CARV when it opened on 20 November, 1994.
Mayor Bill Ludwig and Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry, presented Mr Martin with his certificate.
The initial CARV site was a hostel with 36 beds and 6 bed-sitters on four hectares of land. From its opening, all beds were occupied.
Seeing the high demand for independent living facilities, Mr Martin began extending CARV to include duplexes and houses for more capable residents.
Mr Martin’s foresight in developing CARV to provide independent living through to full care for the seniors of the Capricorn Coast has seen the establishment continue to grow.
Today, it covers 17.13 hectares and boasts 250 residences and 66 in-care places. In mid-February 2020, a further 21 units, seven duplexes and seven houses will be added to the complex, which will also include an additional barbeque area and exercise track.