This week we celebrate the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and recognise the achievements of our residents who participated.
68 years in the running, this is Australia’s longest running Horticultural Event, held every September.
This year our Toowoomba Village entered the Chronicle Garden Competition along with several of the residents entering their prized gardens as individuals.
What a wonderful surprise! We received at the Judging Announcement’s Not only did the Toowoomba Village come 3rd in the Nursing Home/ Hospital, and Retirement Village section, we received another 8 awards for the individual residents.
- Novice Garden 3rd place – Alan and Auriel Hirning
- Highly Commended in Retirement/Lifestyle Unit Dwelling – Alan and Auriel Hirning
- First Time Entrant along with Highly Commended in the Veterans section – Pauline Palmer
- Retirement/Lifestyle Unit Dwelling – 2nd place – Pauline Palmer
- Highly Commended in Predominantly Australian Natives – Beryl Osburne
- Predominantly Native Garden in the City 2nd place – Village
- The Prestigious Plaque “The Cliff Coddington Award”2017 – Villa 7 in memory of Tony Morely
We are extremely proud of the community which has developed over the past three – four years and welcome your visit to see for yourself the many benefits to living in a Retirement Village Community.
Call or visit Sharon today
Queensland Senior’s Week was held in late August this year and Oak Tree’s Burpengary Village was a hive of activity to mark the occasion.
Within the Village the resident’s enjoyed a display organised by the very talented art group from the “University of the Third Age”.
There was also a mixed sports day and BBQ lunch that saw most residents getting involved. They tried their hand at bocce, croquet ,indoor bowls ,darts and snooker along with other novelty events.
Oak Tree also had a presence outside the village when they got involved in the “Bribie Island Seniors’ Expo” to promote the independent lifestyle on offer amongst other suppliers working locally with seniors. A number of helpful residents joined our Village Manager at the Expo and were happy to give outsiders a glimpse of what is in offer at Oak Tree.
At Oak Tree, we feel that it is important for residents to have the opportunity to enjoy social activity in the company of others. There are active residents’ groups within the villages who assist the Managers to arrange these events and most people are glad to have the chance to get involved.
Over the last 10 years or so, we have had the pleasure of bringing new retirement village projects to regional Australia. This is an important element in the Oak Tree plan….keeping seniors Australians local. All too often in the past, people have had to move away from home in order to access retirement villas once the family home becomes too much to manage. This creates stress, loneliness and in many instances dislocation from family and friends. At Oak Tree, we consider it our role and duty to prevent this from happening.
We will shortly be starting some new projects in Dubbo, Armidale and our second project in Toowoomba. This means even more people will have genuine choice as to where to spend their retirement years. These facilities will feature purpose-built, spacious villas and industry leading facilities.
The growth of the Oak tree business provides us a great opportunity to connect with regional communities. In recent years we have become regular sponsors of meaningful local projects…from sporting endeavours to mental health causes. Being part of a community is what drives us at Oak Tree.
We have a number of other new projects scheduled over the next few years. This will see us at the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, Mudgee, Maitland and several other locations. The focus for Oak Tree has not changed…we are looking to improve the lives of our seniors and keep them local to their home environments. If we can continue to achieve that, we will have succeeded.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our villages and maybe you can join the growing number of people choosing to make Oak Tree their home
Until next time
This week in our Capricorn Coast village we held a Seniors Expo to coincide with Senior’s Week. It was a great day with over 200 guests and 33 stallholders displaying their offerings for the Seniors market.
The best part of today is that there is a lot of seniors better informed about the services and products that are available to them. Stallholders were very happy with the day and are already asking about when we will be hosting our next Expo.
Our residents in both our Yeppoon villages were all in attendance to show off the villages and show some interested parties our villas available for sale.
A huge thank you to Jenny Brown our Village Manager and her support team for hosting the event.
At Oak Tree we understand the true value of investing beyond bricks and mortar. Each year the organisation hosts a mid-year conference with the focus being to upskill Village Managers and staff which involves workshops on village operations, improving customer service, working closely with local trades, connecting with community, training on progressive IT systems and exciting new initiatives to benefit all residents.
Conducted over three days, Village Managers travel far and wide to attend with our furthest being Cairns, however it was the team from Central West New South Wales who benefited the most by escaping the cold of Orange and Bathurst and thawing out in rays of sunshine.
The decision to host in Goonellabah was twofold. Firstly, recently completed recreation facilities and Village Centre made an ideal venue for the event and secondly, an opportunity to support local business after the devastation of the floods in March. With over thirty staff in attendance, local restaurants, cafes, retail and motels have benefited by the decision.
Familiar face, proud Village Manager and long term local Catherine Bashforth has been extremely busy with the completion of stage two and residents moving in, preparing for the conference and settling into the recently completed Village Centre. Later this month stage three will be finalised and another eight groups of residents will join the rapidly expanding community.
The key to our success has been recruiting locally, our staff are part of the broader community with roots beyond their employment. It is the connection to schools, sport and personal interests that provide for well-rounded individuals which is what we are looking for when seeking staff. We are investing in our people, they are our brand.
If you have been driving by on Ballina road and noticed the activity, it might be time to stop by and visit Catherine for a tour of the recreation facilities and learn more about Retirement Village living in Goonellabah.
Display villas are open –
Monday to Thursday 10am – 2 pm
For more information, call 1300 367 155
Amy Goodchild was the first resident to take up the opportunity and use the services of “Beautilicious” who now visit the village. Rita is the beautician who visits regularly and she was overwhelmed with the response from the residents with back to back appointments.
Work has begun on the Toowoomba Community Vegetable Garden. With a nice parcel of land behind a couple of our villas, we have started a residents community garden.
Paul our caretaker started this week levelling out the land, garden beds were put into place and drainage will be put in place.
But as normal, when Toowoomba starts something like this the heavens open up which gives us a red mud pit.
Stones have been put in and the dirt is drying out ready for the soil to fill the garden beds.
Oak Tree Retirement Villages is strongly committed to providing a safe, welcoming and enjoyable retirement experience for all seniors, which is why Oak Tree receives such great feedback from residents.
Results from Oak Tree’s ongoing surveys reveals that most residents consider their transition into an Oak Tree Retirement Village as being an easy, stress free process.
In addition, our residents cited the location, price and security features of each village as the main reasons for choosing an Oak Tree Retirement Village.
Ken and Margaret – Oak Tree Toowoomba
“We find the village both very affordable and low maintenance. Our fees cover almost everything including having a gardener to take care of the lovely community gardens. If we ever need anything done, our village manager always makes sure our needs are met. It is so pleasant living at Oak Tree, really, why would we live anywhere else?”
Dan and Cecily- Oak Tree Toowoomba
“Our village is lovely and comfortable and the people here are friendly. The homes are very good and quality and we have found the open plan living space is a manageable size for us. We have a small garden to relax in while the main gardens throughout the village are maintained for us.”
Driving along Ballina road, it is impossible to miss the onsite activity at our fastest growing community in Goonellabah (high on the hill overlooking Lismore and its glorious green hillsides).
Demand for Retirement Living in the Northern Rivers region continues to be strong with stages one, two and three sold out. It is with confidence we cement our commitment with the release of stages four and five to continue to meet the growing demand.
Whilst Oak Tree has battled unprecedented weather conditions which impacted many of our regions, in particular flooding in the nearby township of Lismore, we have pushed forward and delivered stage two villas and recreation facilities that include the Village Centre and in-ground swimming pool, on time.
It has been an exciting time recently as residents received the keys to their new homes and entered the next chapter of happy retirement. Emotions were high as residents opened the doors to their new abodes and furniture removal trucks lined the drive.
Now, one week on, I am pleased to say everyone is settling in nicely.
If you’re considering the move to a Retirement Village, be sure to add an Oak Tree community to the list. Our friendly staff and residents welcome the opportunity to share their experience.
Join us again next week
Four years ago our newly established Oak Tree Village in Toowoomba hosted its first Biggest Morning Tea raising funds for the Cancer Council. With 30 people in attendance they raised a respectable $600 but never could we predict how popular this event would become in the years ahead.
Growing to accommodate 130 guests, hundreds of home made cakes and sandwiches, and enlisting the help of head office staff – Kate, Jessica and Anna to help serve on the day, it is fair to say that this year Village Manager Sharon McManus has taken the event to brand new heights and has gained volumes of community support.
Through ticket sales and the 120 prizes up for grabs in the monster raffles, the event raised an outstanding $3831.00 for the very worthy cause, and we couldn’t be more proud!
“Cancer touches so many of us, one way or another, and it’s a cause that is very dear to our hearts with some of our very own currently going through their own personal battles . Each of us just want to do whatever it is we can to help,” said Village Manager Sharon.
The sold out event included live entertainment by local singer Cathy Drummond, multiple prizes donated by generous local businesses and Oak Tree residents, and a delicious assortment of treats to sweeten the giving crowd.
The support, commitment and passion demonstrated by all who attended the event is testament to a very strong community which has developed here within, and surrounding, Oak Tree Retirement Village Toowoomba.
Keep striving and achieving!