$35 million retirement village at Lindisfarne

CONSTRUCTION on a $35 million lifestyle village has begun following five years of planning.

‘Springhaven’ will be built on an unused part of the Rosny Golf Course on Gordons Hill Road, which has been lying idle for nearly 20 years.

Springhaven Lifestyle Village Lindisfarne manager Carol Joseph said she was “very excited” about the new development.

“The village has enabled us to further improve our design that will meet the needs of our residents,” she said.

“The homes are designed to make the resident’s lifestyle and living independently in their home much easier.

“The concept for the village was developed by an informed tour of mainland properties and benchmarked against the nation’s best retirement villages.”

The new village will comprise 84 contemporary designed villas and townhouses supported by a community center.

Resident facilities will include a library, craft room, meeting rooms, theatrette, large function room, kitchen and refreshment area.

Residents will have access to a community garden and visitors will have access to parking, professionally landscaped gardens and a children’s play area.

Many state-of-the-art features have been incorporated into the design of the villas and townhouses following an extensive study tour of retirement villages operating in Australia.

Southern Cross Care Tasmania Inc. chief executive officer Richard Sadek said he was “delighted and overwhelmed” by the response following the launch of the village late last year.

“Seventy-six out of a total of 84 dwellings have already been sold even though construction only began last month,” he said.

“It is satisfying and reassuring that the public has shown such great confidence in Southern Cross Care to deliver a high-quality product on a relatively complex site.”

The construction phase involves a four-staged building approach.

It is planned that the entire village will be finished, occupied and fully operational by late 2019.

Southern Cross Care (Tas) Inc. is a Tasmanian not-for-profit community organisation and Tasmania’s largest aged care provider.

The organisation operates nine residential aged care facilities, 12 retirement villages, a home-care program and employs 1,200 Tasmanians.

Caption: Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Governor of Tasmania turns the sod at the Springhaven site. Pictured with, from left, Southern Cross Care (Tas) Inc Chairman the Hon Ray Groom AO, Southern Cross Care (Tas) Inc chief executive officer Mr Richard Sadek, Most Reverend Julian Porteous DD and Richard Warner.