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New managers take the reins

Wednesday, 1st March, 2017

New managers Derek and Mignonne Symonds have taken over the reins of Shorty O’Neil Village and say the transition process couldn’t have been smoother. New managers Derek and Mignonne Symonds have taken over the reins of Shorty O’Neil Village and say the transition process couldn’t have been smoother.

By Daniel Stringer

Over six months since it was sold and Shorty O’Neil Village is now officially under new management.

After being purchased by Eureka Group Holdings for $1 million back in September, the hunt has been on to find a new full time manager for the independent living facility.

Well the search is over, as a former local has been appointed to the position. 

Mignonne Symonds along with her husband Derek will serve as the new on site managers of Shorty and for Mignonne it will be somewhat of a homecoming. 

“I was born and bred in Broken Hill and I still consider myself a local, but I have lived away for the past 28 years,” Mrs Symonds said. 

“So this really is like a homecoming for me and after living in Edithburgh it is a bit like moving from the sea to the desert,” she said. 

Despite only being in charge for a few months, the couple already have plans for the future in terms of what they want to offer residents, with everything from bingo to Sunday roasts on the cards. 

“We are hoping to get bingo up and running and maybe even start a social club.

“Meals are also something that we are looking into doing once every few months, maybe even having a roast on Sunday.

“Once we get everybody in here and settled we can start looking at putting a few of our ideas into action.” 

For those wanting to take up one of the 42 units it isn’t as simple as handing over a cheque and moving in however, as Mignonne says there is already quite a substantial waiting list. 

“All 42 units have been rented and we expect them all too be filled by the end of March.

“There is already quite a long waiting list which is great and I think it shows just how long Broken Hill has been waiting for something like this.” 

After originally only planning to return to Broken Hill to visit family, a short trip has turned into a permanent homecoming for Mignonne. She says moving home has been like putting on an old pair of gloves.  

“It has been great to be back in Broken Hill and around family again, mum has moved into Shorty so I will be a lot closer to her now. 

“I have slotted back in pretty easily, I mean Broken Hill is Broken Hill and it doesn’t change a lot which is nice.”

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