Lifestyle village almost ready
AFTER deferrals from the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) and some community resistance, the multi-million dollar lifestyle village in O’Leary Street is almost complete.
Oak Tree, the highly anticipated addition to Warwick’s retiree accommodation, is due to be completed by early May.
The lifestyle village is set to provide an affordable option for seniors with two-bedroom homes priced from $195,000 and three-bedroom options available.
The $20 million investment was originally penned for 75 free-standing villas, but has currently been downsized to a 62-villa development with leisure facilities to be built over several stages.
Oak Tree manager Anna Jackson has lived on the Southern Downs for a decade and said the village would be built with the intention of high community involvement for residents.
“This really is the only thing of its kind and scale in Warwick and will fill the gap which has been here for quite some time,” she said.
Oak Tree Group is privately owned with villages across Australia, and director Mark Bindon said Warwick was specifically chosen for its ageing population.
“Far too often we lose our seniors to the bigger cities because they are forced out by the fact there are limited facilities and retirement options to support their lifestyles,” Mr Bindon said.
“Warwick is a beautiful city and it’s a shame when our seniors have to leave – a little bit of the area dies when this happens.”
The site was given the all-clear after the application was originally deferred by the SDRC Planning and Environment Committee due to “issues of salinity”.
Neighbouring residents had previously voiced concerns about an increase in traffic flow due to the influx of people, however development plans released by ARUP late last year said there was no visibility restrictions at the O’Leary and Wood streets intersection.