Good News Hub

Here’s a sneak peek of village life at our retirement communities across Australia. While every village is unique, they have one thing in common – a good news story to share.

Green Thumbs flourish on the Central Coast

After months of social distancing indoors, a new gardening group has sprouted at Wood Glen. 🌱 The Wood Glen Green Thumbs started in August 2020, in part to encourage residents to be active, enjoy the outdoors, and get back to engaging in community life.

The Green Thumbs have only been in operation for five months but they’re already an established presence in the village. A core group of 10-15 residents gets together each month.

“They’re a swap and chat group,” says Village Manager Vanessa Fordyce...

Knitted nativity tradition continues

This Christmas, the Tea Tree Gardens reception desk is adorned with a gorgeous knitted nativity set, hand-made by a crafty resident in the community.

But the heart of this story goes back 14 years, and is threaded with kindness and history.

It all began at the Tea Tree Gardens’ Christmas Dinner Dance in 2006. A couple in the village won a knitted nativity set in the raffle (top photo), and have wondered for years which talented knitter was responsible...

Wood Glen grows green welcome for new residents

When residents move into a RetireAustralia village, they don’t just join the village community; they become part of the RA Family. As our way of saying ‘welcome’, Village Managers give new residents a beautiful pot plant, often lovingly cultivated by their soon-to-be neighbours.

Residents at Wood Glen Retirement Village on the Central Coast have enthusiastically embraced this initiative. Margaret Spencer and Hildegard Anstice propagate gorgeous succulents and colourful impatiens from cuttings in their own garden. The beautiful plants are gifted to residents of both Wood Glen and The Rise...

Belrose knitters care for Kiriwina

A team of generous residents at Belrose Country Club has put their heads, hearts and knitting needles together, whipping up an incredible number of baby vests and beanies for newborns in Kiriwina, Papua New Guinea. The cause, Caring for Kiriwina, was originally championed by Belrose’s aqua aerobics teacher, Sandy Reid, but the community quickly lined up to help. Residents Jean Johnson and Isabel Geard took the lead in coordinating the ‘Kiriwina Knit-Fest’.

Within the space of a few short weeks...

Residents craft toys for the Bundaberg and Bargara community

The toy group at Carlyle Gardens has been hard at work, lovingly crafting an array of handmade toys for children in the broader community. Residents have been using their woodworking skills to create miniature tractors, cots and lawnmowers, to name a few.

They were thrilled to receive a donation of $500 from Rotary Club of Bundaberg City Daybreak yesterday, to help the group continue its good work. Rotary will distribute the toys to those in need this Christmas...

Around the world in 80 seconds

“I see that it is by no means useless to travel, if a man wants to see something new.” – Jules Verne (Around the World in Eighty Days, 1873).

In this case, Belrose Country Club residents ‘travelled’ from the comfort of their village to see a familiar sight. Their means of travel was a little less familiar (and COVID safe!) as they used new technologies to re-discover their childhood home. Care apartment residents virtually soared across the globe to land in front of the home in which they grew up...

Our villages

With 27 unique locations across three states, RetireAustralia's communities cater to a range of needs and preferences.