David O'Byrne MP
spoke about the importance of suche facilities in the area
Mayor Dr Graham Bury and Minister David O’Byrne joined Oak Tree Retirement Village Kingston today to officiate the first turning of the soil on the commencement of construction of the Oak Tree village’s community centre and appending facilities set to become the heart of the retirement village community.
Oak Tree Kingston, already home to 14 residents, will consist of 54 homes once complete – the community centre and bowls green the next addition to the $15 million dollar private project offering affordable and carefree lifestyles to the over 55’s.
“Establishing a platform for seniors to build a strong community spirit, to engage and connect with others and to build friendships through activity and social interaction is part of what we do at Oak Tree to add value and fulfilment to the lives of seniors during their retirement years,” said Oak Tree Director Mark Bindon.
Full support was received by Minister O’Byrne and Mayor Bury who both agreed it is private investment such as this that make the local community stronger and more vibrant.
“The Oak Tree Retirement Village is not only building a strong and supportive community for many of Tasmania’s seniors it is a show of confidence in the Tasmanian economy and the Tasmanian lifestyle,” said Minister O’Byrne.
“Private investment such as this is vital because it provides solutions for the needs of a growing demographic and is also creating real and ongoing jobs for Tasmanians and their families.
“Our community should be judged on how we support our most vulnerable. The Oak Tree Retirement Village, with the start of construction on the community centre today, will see the Kingborough community judged very highly.
“Affordable, local, compassionate and connected living solutions, like the Oak Tree Retirement Village, is what supporting Tasmania’s senior community should be all about.”
Expected to be completed early next year the community facility, which will include a hair dressing salon, library and computer station, consultancy room, dining and activities hall and full kitchen for event catering purposes, will be the hub of the village where residents can come to participate in activities and seek the services they require all from within their own back yard.
“We are delighted to see projects such as these come to fruition – they are a positive addition to village life and the community, encouraging social interaction, connectivity and engagement between residents combating society’s prevalent ageing threat of isolation and loneliness,” says Mayor Dr Bury.
The newly built community facilities are expected to help ignite a stronger community spirit within the village, and sense of security and a supportive social network.
An active social community, Oak Tree Kingston will regularly host a variety of social activities and events in their new community centre which residents can take part in at their leisure – from quiet art classes to themed dinner parties and lawn bowls competitions.
“Residents can participate as little or as much as they wish but the important thing is , living in a community such as this, there is assurance that there will always be a friendly face and a support network close by for whomever comes looking for it,” said Mark Bindon.