Retirement village owner and operator RetireAustralia today received development approval for the construction of a new retirement village at Burleigh Golf Club.
The club and RetireAustralia have worked together for the past two years to design a retirement village community that will provide financial security for the club, and deliver contemporary seniors housing to meet the needs of the ageing Miami and Burleigh populations.
RetireAustralia’s CEO, Alison Quinn, said the development approval marked an important milestone in RetireAustralia’s efforts to bring quality retirement accommodation to undersupplied urban areas.
“We are delighted that Gold Coast City Council have recognised the critical need for quality seniors housing in the Miami and Burleigh area.
“This is RetireAustralia’s second development approval in partnership with a sporting club, and our third for vertical, urban villages.
“Thirteen of 15 councillors voted in support of the project demonstrating that local councillors recognise the need to find innovative solutions to address the changing needs of the ageing population to enable seniors to retire in the community they know and love.”
There are currently more than 9,500 people aged over 65 living within five kilometres of Burleigh Golf Club and fewer than 500 retirement dwellings.
Alison said securing a high level of club member support at the start of the project set a solid foundation for the project to proceed.
“For this project to succeed, we first needed the Burleigh Golf Club members to be on board with the idea.
“Through early engagement with the Club members and Board, we were able to achieve support from more than 90 per cent of club members.
“This support has translated to early enquiry levels from members and close neighbours of the club, demonstrating the support and need for this type of quality, purpose-built seniors living in the Miami area.”
Alison said reducing impacts for immediately adjoining properties had been important from the outset.
“This project will deliver much needed quality retirement accommodation for Miami and Burleigh residents and includes design features that will meet gold accreditation in seniors’ design from the University of Stirling in Scotland – a first for Queensland,” she said.
The project will include 145 contemporary, age-friendly apartments, 32 purpose-built care suites and a wellness centre for residents and club members.
It has been carefully sited on underutilised land at the edge of the golf course and has been designed to minimise impact on surrounding residences.