Korongee is coming

By Lucy O’Flaherty

Chief executive officer

Glenview Community Services

AS you may have heard, Glenview Community Services recently announced plans to build an Australian-first suburban village, designed to recreate real life experiences for people living with dementia in Glenorchy.

This groundbreaking concept has brought national attention to the City of Glenorchy and will present a range of exciting new opportunities for our community.

Before the first spade breaks ground, we will be carefully selecting contractors to undertake this project based on their commitment to employ apprentices, ensuring every stage of our development is actively upskilling the next generation and giving back to the community.

In 2018, the construction phase will begin and the currently disused site will transform into a bustling workplace, bringing activity, life and investment into the area.

Throughout the development process, we will work closely with the broader community by door knocking, hosting community events and taking questions to ensure Korongee is right at home in Glenorchy when our doors officially open.

Following construction, the village will create 100 new positions for personal carers, working in street clothes and providing specific needs-based care.

Small businesses within the village will bring further job opportunities from management and retail assistance to independent business ownership.

Once open, locals will be more than welcome to drop by and enjoy the gardens, use the supermarket, visit the beauty salon, watch a movie at the theatre or have a coffee in the café.

Our aim is to welcome friends, neighbours and families into the village to build an inclusive community environment.

Collaboration with local business will be an integral element of both the development and operation phases of Korongee.

On Thursday 21 September from 4.30pm–6pm, we will be hosting the first of our wine and cheese nights, designed to open a dialogue with local business owners, discussing the opportunities, operations and future of the Korongee development.

Please email korongee@glenview.org.au to register your interest in attending and I look forward to hearing from you all.

Caption: Wicking Dementia and Research Centre co-director Professor James Vickers and Glenview Community Services chief executive officer Lucy O’Flaherty at the Korongee site.