Crowley wins prestigious national ward

Ballina’s Crowley, one of the leading providers of retirement living and aged care services on the North Coast, received the prestigious National Award in Retirement Living in Melbourne last week.

Up against strong competition from organisations from all over Australia, Crowley’s new Independent Living Apartments won the category for Best Organisation in Retirement Living, at the Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) 2007 National Excellence Awards.

According to Ita Buttrose, prominent businesswoman and one of the guest judges at the Awards for Excellence, Crowley, was all about ‘innovation, lifestyle, environment, design, care, (with) lots of ideas at Crowley for others in the industry to emulate’.

Michael Penhey, Crowley’s CEO, has attributed the National Award to innovative strategies and his very dedicated staff.

“This award highlights Crowley’s innovative approach to providing independent retirement living. We also have a very dedicated staff who work together as a team to provide outstanding care to our residents and clients. We are delighted that Crowley has received this prestigious Award,” said Mr Penhey.

The Aged and Community Services Australia Awards are the industry recognition of dedication and innovation in providing services to older Australians. The awards are based on nominations from industry and so reflect peer recognition and reward for excellence.

The panel of eminent judges included prominent philanthropist Baillieu Myer AC, Rt Hon. Ian Sinclair, former Governor General Sir Ninian Stephen, prominent businesswoman and journalist Ita Buttrose, Robert Fitzgerald AM, Commissioner, Productivity Commission, Moira Rayner, former Equal Opportunity Commissioner and Philip Hereen, 2007 Senior Australian of the Year.

Set on the waterfront in Ballina, Crowley’s new apartments are designed for the needs of older people who want freedom of space and independence, yet need to have the option of extra care if required. The very nature and design of the Crowley Apartments enable residents to interact as much or as little as they choose.

The National Excellence Award complements Crowley’s recent Business of the Year Award from the Ballina Chamber of Commerce.

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