Central West Open Days Held

Last week the Oak Tree team headed to the Central West of NSW and hosted open days in Bathurst and Orange.

With stage 2 (14 villas) now well under way in Bathurst, we held a morning tea with our residents, deposit holders and new prospects. This provided a casual forum for an Oak Tree update on the village and for all parties to mingle in a relaxed setting. Everyone was impressed with the construction activity, with roofs now going up in a number of the new villas. We also had our new village bus arrive during the event, which will enable us to provide services each week for our residents.

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It was up early to see the beautiful sun rise in Orange as we hosted Open Days over Friday and Saturday. Prospects were able to tour our 2 and 3 bedroom villas, including the recently completed 5th stage. The feedback was exceptional on the quality of the build, the village facilities and presentation of our lawn and gardens.

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All villages are open for inspection Monday to Friday from 10am-2pm. Contact 1300 367 155 to set up a tour.

Until next time,

Cameron Goffage.

Orange on Display

This week the Oak Tree management team are heading south to Central West New South Wales to bask in the glorious autumn colours of Orange, west of Sydney.

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Orange is famous for one of the country’s largest goldmines, a foodie’s haven, cultural diversity and, in recent years, another fine Oak Tree Retirement Village.

One of my personal favourites, our Village is perfectly located high on Ploughmans Lane overlooking the Wentworth Golf Club and its beautiful grounds.

Whilst typically our residents are local, this Village has proven to be a real destination for tree changers with a few of our residents relocating from larger city centres like Sydney and returning to their original roots.

With expansion of the hospital in recent years and a city centre that is only a short drive from the Village, Oak Tree Orange is a very popular choice for seniors.

Join us this week as we open the gates for public viewing on Friday and Saturday 9am -2pm.

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Our open days are a great way to showcase our offering in an informal manner. Bring your children and grandchildren with you as a move to Oak Tree is the right fit for the whole family, not just our residents.

We hope to see you there
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Visit me again next week or email me.
Melissa Luck

Friends fight for a better future

After a 60 year long friendship it is fair to say Oak Tree Warwick residents Gloria and Daphne have stood the tests of time together and are now joining forces to fight for a better future.

For Gloria, friendship never meant more to her than when her husband, George, passed away.

George and Gloria were married for 51 years. For the happy couple, life took an ugly turn when George was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer which took his life just seven weeks later.


In all of Gloria’s turmoil, Daphne was there as a true friend and some 18 month’s later, Gloria made the decision to join her friend Daphne in the Village as a resident of Oak Tree.

Finding companionship and strength in the support of others, and enjoying Oak Tree’s low maintenance lifestyle, Gloria attends all of the Village social events. With her good friend Daphne, she enjoys making the most of every day.

In honour of her late husband, her most important pastime is raising money for the “Cure Brain Cancer Foundation”.


Together Gloria and Daphne hosted a Cent Sale for Brain Cancer in the Community Centre which raised over $1000, with another event planned for November this year.

Now the pair are joining forces yet again, with the support of fellow friends in the Village to host an even bigger fundraiser afternoon tea.

Donated lucky door prizes, raffles and a sweet array of tasty treats, catered by Gloria and her friends, will be on offer inspiring people to dig deep for the worthy cause taking place on Saturday the 13th of May from 1pm to 3.30pm


Proving life goes on and is worth fighting for, we think Gloria is a true inspiration and we are thrilled to provide a comfortable, peaceful, living community at Oak Tree where she, Daphne and many others happily coincide supported by friendships new and old.

To support the cause, join Gloria and RSVP on 0438 416 271.

For more information email Melissa Luck

Show and Tell

This week a selection of Oak Tree Villages will be open to the public as we host OPEN DAYS in Toowoomba and all three New England locations.

This is a great way to take an informal look around our Village, meet the management team, tour display homes and most importantly engage with our residents who make our communities what they are.

The Oak Tree team will be on hand and only too happy to answer any questions you may have.

The doors will open at 9am and we welcome you to bring your friends and family this week and visit us:
Thursday 27th – 4 Favell Street, Gunnedah

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Friday 28th – 17 Warwick Road, Hillvue ( Tamworth)

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Saturday 29th – 89 Martin Street, Armidale

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Friday 28th and Saturday 29th – 134 Baker Street, Darling Heights (Toowoomba)

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We hope to see you there!

Melissa Luck
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The Three C’s in Life

This week at Oak Tree I stumbled across a poster which I thought was relevant, not only to our prospective residents but for all of us.

There are three C’s in life : CHANCES, CHOICES and CHANGES!
If you don’t take the chance and make the choice, you’ll never change your life.

How true this is….

With the expansion of our group across the eastern states, we have endless opportunity to meet people from all walks and stages of life.

For some they are simply starting out their journey and in early stages of research, for others a significant change of circumstance has propelled them into making enquiry.

In the past six years I have had the pleasure to meet many interesting and wonderful people. For those who have become residents we hear common statements “we should have made the move sooner” or “we wasted a lot of time thinking when we could have been living”.

Our residents are proud to live at Oak Tree and we are privileged to have them.

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If you are investigating options in your town, make the choice to visit your local Oak Tree village.

Display homes are open Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm and our village managers will gladly show you around.

You might be pleasantly surprised and make a change to improve your life!
Join me again next week or drop me a line.
Melissa Luck

Going from strength to strength

When The Oak Tree Group was founded just over a decade ago, the motivation behind the brand was never to be the biggest, but the best in the field of independent senior living.

Led by our founding Directors, Mark Bindon and Franco DePasquale the Group was set up with a mandate to provide quality and affordable retirement living options which would offer an easier, maintenance free way of life for seniors but still remain within the financial reach of the average Australian home owner.

IMG_5501Starting out with just the one Village in Brisbane’s western suburbs of Goodna, Oak Tree Retirement Group portfolio has grown to include 28 villages throughout Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales.

Our village communities are intentionally smaller in scale to help encourage a more close-knit, family community where it is easy for residents to get to know one another and feel like they belong.

Depending on the climate, some villages also offer a swimming pool and a lawn bowls green which residents can use at their leisure.

We have built our reputation around being personable, approachable yet professional and focus our energies on the end product – our Villages and our residents’ comfort and happiness.

Over a decade later, we are still as committed and passionate as ever to give seniors the opportunity to enjoy an easier way of life throughout their retirement with the support they deserve.

If you are currently researching Retirement options, we welcome you to drop into any of our villages with display homes open Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm. Our friendly staff will gladly show you around and provide you with the right advice!

For more information contact us today.

Storm Ready

This week the Oak Tree team have been extremely busy dealing with the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.

With villages spanning the eastern seaboard of this great nation, we have seen our fair share of storms and natural disasters in recent years. In 2009 we were hit by the Rockhampton floods, then came the cyclone that hit our Yeppoon Village in 2013, Yeppoon flooded in 2014 and in 2015 we were hit again by Cyclone Marcia.

From these experiences we gained valuable knowledge in dealing with natural disasters and have developed procedures that are practical for our teams on the ground and, of course, are in the best interests of our residents’ safety and protection.


I am pleased to report that our Northern and Central Queensland communities survived Cyclone Debbie coming out relatively unscathed and each of our Brisbane and Northern New South Wales villages handled the inundation of rain extremely well.

With all eyes currently on Rockhampton, our Village Manager and support team spent the weekend preparing for the record breaking flood levels with an evacuation plan in play.

Whilst there is some inconvenience to our residents it is a reminder of the many benefits to moving into a retirement village:

1) Comprehensive Insurance specifically catered to Retirement Villages
2) All clean up and repairs are managed by the Oak Tree team
3) Retirement Villages receive priority emergency services

If you wish to learn more about living with Oak Tree please contact us today.

See you again next week
Melissa Luck

Knowledge is power

Mel X4002This week took Oak Tree north to visit the towns of Emerald and Biloela to host an information seminar.

The timing was perfect with Cyclone Debbie en route and we managed to host successful events followed by open days at both the Yeppoon and Norman Gardens villages before the heavy rain set in.

The Information Preview Event was initiated a few years ago in an effort to raise awareness of Retirement Living to the communities within which we would soon be launching new villages and to help gain exposure.

IMG_4355X400The key objective has been to create a relaxed environment where prospective residents can learn about our offering and gain a broader understanding of a relatively young industry in Australia. Our experienced team are always on hand to answer questions and we receive complimentary feedback from the audience.



Oak Tree gains a wealth of experience from these community consultations with key topics of interest including purchase structure, departure process and managing the transition from family home to living in the village.

When available, our founding directors Mark Bindon and Franco DePasquale attend these events which reinforces their commitment to the future growth of our organisation and underpins their vision to deliver the ultimate retirement lifestyle experience to seniors.


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Age is only a number

Recently on vacation to Canada I had the pleasure of meeting Lois.

Initially I was attracted like a Bowerbird to the badges on her hat and, much to my husband’s annoyance, I pulled up mid run and introduced myself; it was the best 15 minutes of my day.

Lois, as it turns out, is an Aussie too and has had an eventful life on and off the slopes and was more than happy to share her story.

After the passing of her husband some years ago she moved to a Retirement Village north of Sydney primarily for companionship and to relieve the demands of property maintenance. Whilst she is very comfortable in her surrounds and attests it was the right decision, she doesn’t spend much time at the village as she continues her passion of skiing and makes the journey to Canada every year on her own.

She makes friends everywhere she goes which is why I think she ops to wear her Akubra with pins over the safety of a helmet!

I found Lois to be extremely engaging and whilst at the point in time I didn’t share with her my profession and connection to seniors, she was very happy to share her story.

At the maturing age of 84 years she openly explained the struggles to walk these days -the result of surgeries and of course simply ageing. But luckily, Lois can still ski without any issues. Her body might be feeling the impact of a life well lived but her heart keeps calling her back to slopes and this is obviously keeping her young at heart.IMG_2981

Back in the day, Lois was a level 2 instructor (Canadian level which she took great pride in explaining is the toughest to achieve) and travelled the world following the ski seasons. We shared a common opinion of snowboarders versus skiers and she explained that the Silver Star mountain, whilst rather steep and challenging, was dominated by retirees as the town of Vernon at the base of the mountain is one of British Colombia’s retirement hot spots.

As we stood there mid run in the very cold -14 degrees, Lois was most proud to highlight the RIO pin which was in honour of her granddaughter who competed in the 1500m at last years Olympics.

She thanked me for taking the time to stop and talk to her as not many ‘young’ people do that anymore (I credit the goggles and helmet to hiding the wrinkles and exposing my age) and as I skied off I couldn’t help but think ‘I hope to be open to experiencing new people when I am her age’.

Later that night over a glass of wine I reflected on my encounter with Lois and discussed with my husband the overwhelming number of seniors on the mountain. To say the over 65’s dominated 3 to 1 is not an exaggeration and I thought of all our Oak Tree residents who made the move to our villages and maintain an active life, and those who might be losing interest in remaining active.

My goal this year will be to encourage more of our residents to get up, get out and live – just like Lois!

Melissa Luck.

Community Focused

For some developers opening the gates to a new village and handing the keys to a resident is where the relationship ends, well not at Oak Tree!

We believe the spirit and success of our Villages is connected to our ongoing support of the local community. Our Village Managers are encouraged to engage with other retirement operators and develop a mutually respected relationship with local business. It might seem a little ‘old school’ thinking but true relationships cannot be fostered behind closed doors or from the keyboard of a lap top.

Case in hand, this week Oak Tree not only participated in the North Coast Seniors Expo, we were one of the major sponsors and hosted an information session at the official opening. It’s our way of proving to the local community that we are here, we care and we are committed to the community for the long term.

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By all reports the event was a huge success and our Village Manager Catherine Bashforth was on hand to meet the public and explain the benefits of independent living for local seniors.

If you would like to learn more about Oak Tree Goonellabah or how we engage and support our local communities, contact us today.