Oak Tree Retirement hopes to open new Gladstone village

GLADSTONE could have another retirement home by mid-2016, if Oak Tree Retirement's application to open a 60-room facility at Little Creek is approved.

Responding to the closure of Blue Care Hibiscus Gardens, and the general lack of facilities in the city, the company plans to lodge an application with Gladstone Regional Council within the month.

Managing director Mark Binden said a block of land had already been secured at Little Creek.

Mr Binden hopes the facility will bring more residents to Gladstone, and gives others the peace of mind there would be facilities available as their parents entered retirement.

"Gladstone is very under-supplied for retirement village accommodation options," he said.

"There are a number of assets in Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, but for whatever reason, Gladstone has missed out.

"The community starts to break down if people have to leave, but particularly seniors because they embrace the history of the area."

The village will be purpose built for residents who are still independent, however, it will offer cleaning and physio and counselling services.

Prices are expected to start at $260,000 for a two-bedroom unit.

There will also be a community centre, swimming pool and bowling green, at the least.

Mr Binden said his company had also been in talks with the council about the possibility of being part of the Philip St precinct.



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