Innovative retirement community boosts seniors living on Fraser Coast
CONSTRUCTION is underway on a new multi-million dollar retirement village project set to transform seniors living on the Fraser Coast.
Village design experts from Ozcare and Woollam Constructions have unveiled the state-of-the art design features as stage one of the six-stage Reflections on the Bay Retirement Village starts to take shape at Kawungan in Hervey Bay.
More than 200 jobs will be delivered during the first stage of the project to build 132 architecturally-designed two and three-bedroom duplexes and townhouses.
The village is part of Ozcare's vision for integrating aged care and retirement living at various destinations across Queensland.
This village will be conveniently situated next to Ozcare's award-winning aged care facility, which opened in 2017.
The resort-style retirement village and co-located aged care facility are set on a 6.91 hectare parcel of land on Richard Charles Drive at Kawungan, providing easy access to the seaside surrounds of Hervey Bay.
Ozcare's Group Manager Construction and Property Russell Young said the village would give retirees access to a new level of care from the not-for-profit aged care provider, while enjoying newfound freedom and safety in their own home.
"Ozcare is focussed on the needs of retirees and we conducted extensive research into exactly what they were looking for in retirement, which is retiring with purpose," Mr Young said.
"Age is no longer a number and while some retirees may be aged in the 80s and 90s, they are telling us they still feel like they are aged in the 70s. These retirees are looking to stay active and stay well-connected to the communities in which they live."
Mr Young said some of the features of the new retirement village included:
• Clubhouse with swimming pool
• Coffee shop
• Wellness centre with massage treatment rooms
• Putting green
• Caravan storage
• Landscaped gardens
• Alfresco areas
• Digital concierge for security and social connectivity
• Priority Access to Ozcare's Aged Care Facility and Home Support Service, including meals and housekeeping
In addition to being next to the three-year-old aged care facility, the new village is close to Stockland shopping centre and medical suites.
Woollam Constructions Director and Chairman George Bogiatzis said the company was thrilled to see the development break ground and the economic flow on it would have for the region.
"This is not only a game changer for seniors' living in the Fraser Coast, but there will be tangible benefits to the community as a whole with more than 200 jobs on site from 50 trades and contract partners," he said.
"One thing Woollam strives for in all of our projects is maximising opportunities for the local community."