Camp Getaway; A special needs venue
Sitting on the Campaspe River and just south of the Axedale Golf Club is Camp Getaway. Originally established as an interdenominational church camp for congregations in nearby Bendigo, the facilities were created from World War 2 surplus. Only three of the bowed corrugated iron Nissan Hut former dormitories still stand currently used for storage for kitchen renovations.
Across the last decade an asset replacement programme has seen great changes. With the goal of providing a special needs venue for groups who offer families respite care, the accommodation has been rebuilt to provide total wheel chair accessibility. All showers and toilets are roll in roll out and fitted with grab rails. Paths are wide and concrete and an appropriate gradient ramp to the rec hall / dining area is now in place.
Kitchen renovations are the most recently building activity. A dedicated volunteer group of about a dozen mainly septa and octogenarians have spent two to three days a week constructing a first class facility. This improved catering area will, no doubt, attract new guests to the site and be welcomed by returning users.
Camp Getaway is a Rotary District 9800 project. Further the Rotary Club of Camberwell has painted the wired much of the facility.