Oakdale Lodge turns 50

See the video, photo montage and Southern Cross news story.

Posted February 17, 2020

On Saturday, Li-Ve Tasmania hosted a lunch and afternoon tea to mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic Tasmanian Oakdale Lodge residence for people living with disability in Tasmania.

Residents, their friends and families, Li-Ve Tasmania staff, Board members and community supporters (including the wonderful Acorn Branch) gathered at Oakdale Lodge to celebrate the facility’s big day.

Two original Lodge residents, Rodney Howe and Robyn Green, welcomed guests to their home of 50 years. They also gave speeches and cut a cake to mark the important milestone.

Long-time supporter, the Hon. Jacquie Petrusma MP spoke at the event to celebrate five decades of operation.

The event featured a video about The Lodge and a montage of photos telling the story of The Lodge’s history.

Southern Cross TV also attended the event and ran a story on the evening news.

Watch the videos:

(In the Southern Cross clip, the Lodge story appears at 2:25).

Home to 36 people, The Lodge is loved by residents and admired by the wider community as a longstanding home environment.

Located at Warrane, Oakdale Lodge is Li-Ve Tasmania’s large residential facility for people living with disability. The Lodge opened on 15 February 1970 after the RCWA (Retarded Children’s Welfare Association) decided to establish a sheltered workshop so their children with disability could be employed. They bought the 267 acre site at Warrane in 1961, completing the ‘Oakdale Workshop’ in 1964, and then The Lodge in 1970, following extensive fundraising.