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Joining plans to deliver a $233 million independent living village for seniors in Kingscliff

With the submission of a State Significant Development Application (SSDA), Uniting is one step closer to realizing their vision for an integrated seniors care community in the coastal town of Kingscliff, NSW.

The proposal from Uniting, one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit organizations, aims to transform the existing retirement home at the Kingscliff site into a $233 million contemporary senior living community, comprising 199 retirement and independent living apartments. -Located with 120 residential aged care places, with on-site support services and facilities to meet the changing needs of residents.

The proposed senior village will include community areas surrounded by landscaped gardens to promote spontaneous social interactions among residents and foster meaningful connections, helping them live happier, healthier lives. A wellness centre, complete with an outdoor swimming pool, gym, cinema, hairdresser and communal club room, along with medical and paramedical consultation rooms, will also be part of the new facility.

In addition to providing a wide range of much-needed housing options for seniors, the proposed development will also boost the local economy by generating more than 260 jobs over the construction period.

“While the former Uniting Kingscliff residential care home has served its purpose for more than 30 years, we recognize the need for a more modern village to meet the changing needs of seniors living more independent lives for longer,” Uniting Director of Real Estate and Housing said Simon Furness.

The project also meets the urgent need for additional housing options in the Tweed, with the local area’s population expected to grow by between 13,000 and 30,000 people by 2041. Furthermore, a recent Tweed Shire Council study entitled ‘Draft Options Paper, Growth Management and Housing Strategy’ highlighted the importance of diverse housing options, particularly focusing on downsizing older residents, seniors housing and dedicated aged care combined with healthcare services .

The proposed Kingscliff project will see retirement and independent living apartments co-located with residential aged care centres, strengthening Uniting’s care continuum model and allowing residents to seamlessly transition to higher levels of care if required in the future.

“There is an increased demand for quality homes and services on the Far North Coast and we are committed to creating a community that supports people to age with ease and dignity in the Tweed region they know and love,” Furness added to.

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