Lismore ?ideal? aged unit site

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

THE NATION'S largest private retirement village chain plans to build a 94-unit seniors' rental complex in Goonellabah.

Local planning consultants, Newton Denny Chapelle, have lodged a development application with the Lismore City Council for the facility at 345 Ballina Road,near the Goonellabah Tavern.

The consultants are acting on behalf of Cairns-based company Stateland Pty Ltd, which will manage the pro- ject for Village Life Ltd, which has 65 retirement villages around Australia.

The DA is for 83 single, six double and five access units, within 12 primary buildings surrounding a central structure housing a library and other recreational facilities.

The village will accommodate independent seniors who do not require care other than being provided with meals and a linen service.

Stateland project manager Phil Druery said Lismore was chosen as an ideal site for the development because of its aging population.

"It comes down to the demographics," he said.

"You can't put a retirement village in a suburb full of young people only.

"We feel this will fit very snugly into Lismore because it's the right type of community."

The proposal is on display at the council's Goonellabah office until December 3.



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