TIME FOR CHANGE: Neighbours Jane Royal and Cynthia Howe have been given 60 days to find somewhere else to live as Blue Care plan to close Cooinda Retirement Living.
TIME FOR CHANGE: Neighbours Jane Royal and Cynthia Howe have been given 60 days to find somewhere else to live as Blue Care plan to close Cooinda Retirement Living. Campbell Gellie

Retirees told to move out of village

FOURTEEN retirees have been told they have to move out after Blue Care made the decision to close Gladstone retirement village Cooinda.

The 20-unit village is adjacent to Hibiscus Gardens which Blue Care closed six months ago, with the entire block now decommissioned and left in the hands of the Queensland Government.

Jane Royal and Cynthia Howe have been neighbours at Cooinda for six years and said the units that opened in 1989 were a little "long in the tooth".

Blue Care's executive director said the ongoing maintenance costs at Cooinda made it unsustainable for the not-for-profit group to continue to operate.

Gladstone Central Committee on the Ageing has five vacant town houses out of 98 for retirees and administrator Leanne Kendrick said this created more uncertainty for seniors in the future. "But it's easy at the moment to find affordable housing, but what will happen if we have another boom?" she said.

"That's what most of (the seniors) are saying and thinking at the moment."

Blue Care is helping residents find new homes through Gladstone Affordable Housing and will pay for all relocation costs.

Cynthia has organised a place at Gladstone Heritage Retirement Village and Jane is still working with Blue Care to find her new home.

The units at Cooinda have a living and bedroom in one room and separate kitchen and bathroom.

After living there for seven years both Jane and Cynthia were looking forward to an upgrade.

"I prefer to have a separate room for the bedroom," Jane said.

"(Blue Care) are doing their best to help us out."



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