Palm Lakes a retirees oasis
A NEW era of retirement living has hit Ballina, and it's a real strike.
Palm Lake Resort in North Creek Rd will this Saturday open the village's hub, the Oasis Country Club.
And guess what? It's the first retirement village in Australia to feature its own ten-pin bowling alley, said Sue Baldwin, the national sales and marketing manager - retirement villages.
Although the official opening hasn't taken place, Cheryl Little, who is one of the village's over-55s residents, knocked over a few pins last week.
She said she was enjoying getting back into a sport she hadn't played for more than 20 years.
Ms Little moved into Palm Lake Resort in February, having come from a district near Beenleigh in Queensland.
Ms Baldwin said the country club, which also has a cinema, indoor lap pool, sauna, spa, gymnasium, library, billiards room, outdoor pool and large hall with a bar and dance floor, was the new look in retirement living.
"It's more youthful," she said.
"We want to keep people feeling younger."
The family business which owns Palm Lake Resort has used the catch-cry "Find yourself here".
And that theme also is included in the contemporary design and decor of the Oasis Country Club.
There are 341 homes already sold in Palm Lake Resort and stage three is currently selling.
Ms Baldwin said it costs $1000 for a refundable expression of interest in a house at the gated resort, which also has storage sites for motorhomes and caravans.
The club will be opened by Ballina MP Tamara Smith.
To book a tour, between 10am and 4pm, phone 1800 335 666.