Parliament Speech: Don Brandenburg, Hawthorne House
Last Friday I was pleased to enjoy some scones with the Brandenburg Family and Friends of Hawthorne House, an Alzheimer’s respite facility in Albany. The celebration was to honour the generous bequest of 1 million dollars made by the late Don Brandenburg to Hawthorn House. This money will be used to build a second facility on their patch of land cateingr for the unmet need for short-stay respite in the Great Southern. The late Don Brandenburg farmed in Newdegate in my electorate of O’Connor until 2005 when he sold his farm to move to Denmark on the coast. Don, who never married or had any children, realised in his senior years the challenges that face those who wish to live out their lives in the bush. In light of these challenges Don left his entire estate to the Don Brandenburg Foundation, to be used towards improving aged care facilities in the regions.
Currently, Hawthorne House has 2 beds for short-stay respite. The generous donation from the late Don Brandenburg hopes to increase this capacity to 8 beds as well as a family suite – catering for the needs of carers and their families as well as patients. The Government’s aged care reforms have recognised and supported the need for people to be able to stay in the regions and receive adequate care during their senior years.
The new wing of Hawthorne House will be a long lasting legacy for Don’s family and the Great Southern community.