History of Baw Baw Views2018

Despite only opening in 2018, Baw Baw Views’ already has a proud connection with the Moe community, which it continues to grow today. Originally built by Royal Freemasons to provide a sustainable aged care service to locals in need, the home stands – in the heart of town – as a spacious, warm, and welcoming home for many.

  • Upon opening, the home in Moe provided the community 144 private rooms, catering for both couples and singles in need of care, as well as a dedicated Memory Support service for those living with dementia and other memory-related conditions.
  • In February 2024, Baw Baw Views joined Respect and its growing network of homes across the country. Its merger coincided with another Royal Freemasons home (located in Sale and now called ‘Wattleglen’) also amalgamating with the not-for-profit organisation. Speaking to the decision to transfer ownership of the two homes to Respect, Craig Head, Royal Freemasons Board Chair, said: “While we are sad to be saying goodbye to our Moe and Sale communities, we are confident that under Respect’s ownership and management, residents will continue to receive expert care and our staff will continue to work in a supportive environment”.
  • As part of the merger process, Respect reached out to the home’s staff, residents, as well as the Moe community more broadly, seeking nominations and input around prospectively updating each home’s name.
  • Owing to Royal Freemasons Moe’s proximity to Mount Baw Baw, ‘Baw Baw Views’ was nominated multiple times amidst the hundreds of suggestions received. And, when presented to the public in a survey featuring several other nominations, the moniker proved a supremely popular choice, with two thirds of all respondents giving their nod of approval for Baw Baw Views to be installed as the home’s new name.
  • The name was officially changed as part of Baw Baw Views’ official transfer to Respect, marking a new chapter in the home’s continued service and support for families across Moe and beyond.