February 24, 2014

24th February 2014



I rise to congratulate Lions House on the opening of their new home at the Heidelberg

Repatriation Hospital. I was delighted to be able to attend the official opening by His

Excellency the Governor of Victoria and Mrs Chernov yesterday.


This 12-room, $1.2-million facility is designed to provide accommodation to families of

patients at the Austin Hospital and Mercy Hospital for Women. The total project has been

funded by donations from many Lions clubs, individuals and corporates.


This started as a project of the Lions Club of Heidelberg Warringal back in 2002. They

found an appropriate site and worked hard to see the project become a reality.

The State Labor government donated the land. Sadly, Honorary Life Trustee Mrs

Margaret Heathorn passed away on 23 January. Margaret played an influential role in the

start-up of the project and her drive and determination were vital to the project’s success.

Happily, Margaret was able to visit the completed building earlier in the year. It was

Margaret’s daughter, Cathy Godbold, a nurse at the Mercy, who originally saw the

need for this project.


I would like to acknowledge the tremendous work of all those involved, including Tony

Benbow, the chairman of Lions House; the dedicated staff at Austin and Mercy Health; Sir

James and Lady Gobbo as patrons; and all those in our local community who have worked

hard to see the project become a reality.