The month of August was filled with various activities for the Gold Coast aged care residents such as a visit from Found By The Hound, musical entertainment and lifestyle activities as well as a visit from the Fuji School students.

Found By The Hound

At the beginning of August, the Found By The Hound visited Merrimac park private care for pet therapy. It was such a fantastic experience to have such beautiful dogs and their wonderful owners visit us and bring so much joy to so many of our residents.

Our Ritz residents gathered for morning tea waiting eagerly to meet their furry visitors and raffles had small groups and some room visits.

Sound Synergy

Gareth Jones revisited Merrimac park private care this month, and the residents couldn’t wait to get started with this fantastic music therapy session. Gareth gets everyone involved from residents to our visitors’and staff. Residents got up and moving to the rhythm they created.

Fuji School Visit

Merrimac park private care had the pleasure of meeting a large number of the students from Japan. Over two afternoons our residents spent one on one time with the students.

We all had a lovely afternoon. The students taught us how to create origami boxes, cranes and flowers plus they even sung their school anthem.

Special Concert

Engelina celebrated her 80th birthday with her family and friends with a wonderful performance from Trevor Rix. Merrimac Park Private Care love making these days such a memorable experience for the residents and their families.


The lifestyle department at Merrimac Park Private Care focuses a lot on maintaining and remembering old skills to make residents transition and life more normal. Some of these skills are folding laundry, cooking, knitting, sports and reminiscing about how they felt when doing these task.


We’re holding a very special raffle this month. We are raffling off a pair of 9ct gold diamond encrusted earrings valued at $700, which is a generous donation from our EN Lance. B and Brendon Mann Chirn Park Jewellers. Ticket are available from lifestyle department $5 a ticket.

Good luck to the winner drawn on 28th September.

Meet our People

Meet Peter, who is 72 years old and was born in Balmain in 1945. Peter completed his final year at Fort Street where he studied accountancy for one year and hated it. He then went and worked on the wharf much to his parents’ horror.

Peter’s father was of Italian and Irish heritage, and his mother was from the English de Chauncey 17 hundred era. Peters father was a staunch Labour supporter even though the Labour Party expelled him for his socialist views. Peter’s father was the Mayor of Leichhardt for many years and was what you call today a ‘Greenie’, in favour of parks and gardens. Therefore, during his time a lot of development was put on hold.

After leaving the Wharf, Peter then joined the trading ships around Australia and was what you call a ‘Peggie’ (kitchen cleaning and washing up). He then was employed on the Tugboats out of Balmain around Sydney Harbour, as a Deckhand. His time on the Sydney Harbour amounted to about 32 years until he retired when he was 65.

Like his father, Peter was also a strong union supporter with the Maritime Union, and as a delegate was involved in the occasional strikes for better pay and conditions.

Peter was also a top-class footballer as was his deceased brother John, and both were West Tigers supporters. After his football career finished, his passion was Touch Football, and he frequently travelled to Port Macquarie for the State Finals every year. After retiring, he liked nothing better than to have a bet on the football.

Peter & Pauline have been together for 25 years.

This Month’s Activities

Melody Major

Choir Performance

Found By The Hound

Pet Therapy

Just Jeff

Happy hour Performance

Irma Courtney


Mark Dean



Decorating Cupcakes


9th Ailsa
9th Valerie
12th Marion
14th Barbara
14th Ron
17th Neil
18th Elizabeth
18th Peter
21st Clarice
30th Carol