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Leading provider of affordable retirement living communities, Oak Tree Retirement Villages is well underway in the development of a brand new, state-of-the art retirement village right in the heart of Goondiwindi making new use of the town’s former RSL building.
The retirement village which will consist of 65 villas upon completion will be the first of its kind to the township and is expected to attract high traffic to its Grand Open Day scheduled for April 2016.
The region’s cotton and grain industries coupled with the township’s aging population was the draw card enticing Oak Tree Retirement Villages to the area.
“Goondiwindi only has the one nursing home which is currently at full capacity and has a long waiting list,” said Oak Tree Managing Director Mr Mark Bindon.
“It became clear to us, just as it has in many other cases when we have been evaluating regional towns for development, that Goondiwindi, and its outlying areas, is starved of the infrastructure required to service seniors as they age.”
Oak Tree Retirement Village has a strong regional focus developing and operating villages in many regional towns including Warwick, Toowoomba, Tamworth, Lismore, and Armidale with their most recent starts in Gunnedah and Goondiwindi.
“Far too often we see seniors having to leave the towns they have grown up in, lived and worked in all their lives seeking alternative medical and age friendly living options in bigger cities simply because their regional townships cannot accommodate their needs.
“This sees regional towns stripped of their history, wealth and community spirit which we find sad and unnecessary,” said Mr Bindon.
“We are committed to providing seniors with affordable living opportunities allowing seniors the ability to enjoy the many benefits that come hand in hand with retirement living including low maintenance lifestyles, companionship, security, and homes and facilities which are age friendly and designed to help seniors live independently for longer.
“Importantly we deliver these communities in regional towns close to shops, medical facilities and other amenities for the convenience of our residents.”
The new village will be utilising the former RSL building, which went into receivership several years ago, as their village community centre.
“We have undergone an enormous refurbishment of the old RSL building to make it suitable for our purposes,” said Mr Bindon.
“We have maintained many original features to pay homage to the history of the site and I think locals will be pleased to see the transformation.”
Containing a hair salon, library, lounge, games room, men’s club and an open plan social centre the community centre is the heart of the village where residents can mingle with one another, enjoy social activities or unwind in some peace and quiet.
Residents of the village will also be able to enjoy the community swimming pool which is set to commence construction in February.
A mix of one, two and three bedroom homes will be available for purchase, with the first eight homes complete and open for viewing in April.
Goondiwindi will be the twenty-eighth Oak Tree Retirement Village with villages spanning as far North as Cairns in Queensland to as far south in Kingston Tasmania.
For more information please phone 1300 367 155.