New retirement village at Kawana Forest
  • Friday 17 May 2013

A retirement village planned for Kawana Forest is now set to include additional aged care facilities thanks to a recent development approval by Sunshine Coast Council.

Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said the retirement village is a welcome development at Kawana Forest and the inclusion of the aged care facility is a fantastic outcome as it’s in keeping with council’s principles for positive ageing on the Coast.

“The developers and planning consultants made the most of council’s free pre-lodgement meetings and met with council planning staff on a number of occasions to make sure the application met with planning scheme requirements,” he said.

“It only took thirteen days for council to make a decision on the application as all the work had already been done before the application was lodged.

“Retirees living at the village will have the option of independent living villas or aged care facilities that will provide additional levels of service and care.”

IRT, Chief Executive Officer, Nieves Murray said plans for the Kawana Forest site include a 60-bed Care Centre and 111 Lifestyle Community villas and plans to introduce In-Home Care operations into the region.

“The new Kawana Forest Community’s design will complement the surrounding environment and is near local services and amenities, including the new health precinct hub where two hospitals are under construction,” she said.

UDIA President, Andrew Stevens said the IRT Groups commitment to launch into the Sunshine Coast is a further example of the green shoots of recovery that the Sunshine Coast region’s economy is experiencing.

“This development will provide further employment opportunities on the Sunshine Coast in both construction and continuing health care services,” Mr Stevens said.

Murray and Associates, Senior Town Planner, Blake Bell said the collaborative approach adopted by council and the IRT Project Team was proactive and resulted in a fast approval turnaround.

“It’s a positive sign for the development industry on the Sunshine Coast and it means IRT can consider an earlier start date for construction,” Mr Bell said.