Have Your Say
Ozcare is planning to establish a new Retirement Living Community in West Mackay that offers a range of housing designs and options for seniors. This development is proposed to be co-located with Ozcare’s existing St Elizabeth Villa Residential Aged Care facility at the end of Anastasia Street in West Mackay on a currently vacant site that enjoys a long frontage to Lansdowne Road.
We want your help to understand the community’s perspectives on early concepts for our Retirement Living Community in West Mackay.
The addition of a retirement community of this nature in West Mackay comes in response to the significant growth and demand being seen within the region, and the identified need for increased housing diversity, availability and affordability for seniors. This location presents a unique offering for the community, affording residents easy access to local community assets such as the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens and health and community services including Mackay Base Hospital.
A key feature of the proposal is the provision of a range of residential lifestyle options for different seniors living needs. It is proposed this will include 71 independent living units (39 single-level duplex and townhouse-style homes and 32 apartments). A further 16 units are proposed to be located on a separate site to the south-east, adjacent to the existing aged care facility.
The proposed retirement community design will feature a range of facilities including an al fresco café; lounge and function space with catering capabilities; a library, and small cinema; fitness facilities, hairdressing salon and medical rooms, along with outdoor passive and active recreation spaces including BBQ areas, gardens, and swimming pool, all available to residents of the retirement community.
Master planning has been carefully considered to ensure a balance between integration of the built form and environment to provide increased age-appropriate residential options for older community members, enabling safe and secure ageing in place within the community.
This type of accommodation (and the proposed ancillary uses) are all generally in-line with, and encouraged within, Council’s zoning framework for the site.
The single level homes and duplexes will include 2 bedroom, 2 bedroom + study and 3 bedroom designs and will have appropriate acoustic protection from the railway corridor to the west and Lansdowne Road to the north, and will be clustered in small ‘precincts’ featuring extensive landscaping and interspersed with ‘pocket parks’ for passive recreation. This has been utilised in and has proven exceptionally popular with residents of similar Ozcare retirement living communities recently developed in Hervey Bay and on the Sunshine Coast.
The project’s apartments (offering an alternative lifestyle for residents) are intended to be provided in two ‘boutique-scale’ buildings of five levels each, on the north-eastern corner of the site. These buildings will feature:
• On-grade, undercover parking
• 4 x 2- and 3-bedroom apartments per floor in each building
• Views across the adjacent cane fields to the north and the Botanic Gardens to the east (with upper levels expected to have pleasing views across the Pioneer River to the coast)
Ozcare’s West Mackay retirement community – is intended to assist in relieving the very high level of housing stress presently being experienced in the Mackay region. We appreciate you taking the time to complete our short survey to ensure the Ozcare Mackay retirement living community can best meet the needs of our West Mackay community, now and into the future.