Barbara McCarthy, Aylee Treacy, Isabella Miriklis, Meg Doller, Hosephine Brown and Kody Lees. Photo: Andrew Peeryman.

AN accommodation facility for patients, their carers and their families attending Bendigo Health has a brighter feel thanks to regional students 

Community bank branches around the region have each sponsored suites in Bendigo Bank House.

Each suite is known by their sponsor branch, ensuring that all visitors know the accommodation has been fitted out thanks to the donations.

The donations mean patients can stay for minimal cost during their time at Bendigo Health.

Each branch has decorated the walls of their suites with artwork representing their towns, providing guests with a glimpse of the communities that have come to support them.

When Rochester Secondary College visual arts teacher, Meg Doller floated the opportunity past her classes, Year 7 students Aylee Treacy, Isabella Miriklis, Kody Lees and Josephine Brown jumped at the opportunity with enthusiasm.

The two pieces of original mixed media artworks have been inspired by the aerial views of the Elmore, Lockington and Rochester landscapes.

The artworks provide a bird’s eye-view that show a patchwork of paddocks, broken up by the meandering Campaspe River and the straight lines of highways, roads and irrigation channels.

The lines in the artwork connect the Elmore, Lockington and Rochester communities, in the same way that they connect the artwork.

Opening its doors just over six months ago, and already providing support to many families in regional Victoria and afar, the facility consists of 15 suites, a combination of three-bedroom, two-bedroom and one-bedroom.

While the majority of suites are self-contained with kitchen and lounge facilities, there is also a communal kitchen, lounge area, reading room and office space.

In comparison to current accommodation, Bendigo Bank House is the largest facility and the closest in vicinity to the hospital precinct, and the only family accommodation available.