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Be­ing close to fam­ily, the prospect of new friends, so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and no main­te­nance have all sold Lor­raine and Jack Hard­wick on Aveo’s $1 bil­lion Spring­field de­vel­op­ment.

The Hard­wicks, both aged 72, just set­tled on a two-bed­room apart­ment in Aveo Spring­field – of­fi­cially opened by Queens­land Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk last week – and are get­ting ready for their big move.

Mrs Hard­wick said her para­medic sonin-law sold her on the de­vel­op­ment, hav­ing seen a lot of re­tire­ment com­mu­ni­ties and be­ing very im­pressed with the Aveo model.

Mov­ing from their For­est Lake fam­ily home of 15 years, Mrs Hard­wick said they wanted to stay close to their fam­ily in Au­gus­tine Heights and loved the idea they could head off in their car­a­van with­out hav­ing to worry about main­tain­ing their home.

“We’re also look­ing for­ward to all the ac­tiv­i­ties on-site,” she said. “You don’t have to drive any­where; it makes it a lot eas­ier to be so­cial.”

While the cou­ple doesn’t know any­one at the com­plex just yet, Mrs Hard­wick is sure it won’t be long be­fore they have plenty of new friends.

Aveo Group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ge­off Grady said they were thrilled to of­fi­cially open what was set to be Aus­tralia’s largest in­te­grated re­tire­ment com­mu­nity, with stage one fin­ished and ready for res­i­dents to move in.

“This com­mu­nity’s lo­ca­tion, to­gether with our on-site ameni­ties, truly demon­strates Aveo’s com­mit­ment to grow with older Aus­tralians by en­sur­ing good health, pro­vid­ing greater liv­ing choices and giv­ing peace of mind not only to our res­i­dents but the wider com­mu­nity,” Mr Grady said.

Lo­cated in Spring­field Cen­tral’s Healthy City, and next to the Mater Pri­vate Hospi­tal, the 10ha full-ser­vice re­tire­ment vil­lage will boast more than 2500 res­i­dences on com­ple­tion.

The 15-year project of­fers a va­ri­ety of liv­ing op­tions, in­clud­ing in­de­pen­dent liv­ing units and a world-class aged-care cen­tre.

Spring­field Land Cor­po­ra­tion chair­man Maha Sin­nathamby of­fered con­grat­u­la­tions to Aveo and wel­comed the new res­i­dents.

“Multi-gen­er­a­tional liv­ing is an im­por­tant and in­dis­pens­able part of our master­plan, and to have Aveo Spring­field in our Health City precinct sig­nals that we con­tinue to be strongly ded­i­cated to en­hanc­ing so­cial and hu­man cap­i­tal in this re­gard,” he said.

“Greater Spring­field is grow­ing rapidly and has so much to of­fer peo­ple of all ages, with op­por­tu­ni­ties to live, learn, work and play at the core of what makes this re­gion a true des­ti­na­tion of choice.”

The fully-in­te­grated re­tire­ment vil­lage in­cor­po­rates a child­care cen­tre, well­ness cen­tre, shops and cafes aimed at giv­ing all gen­er­a­tions the abil­ity to spend time to­gether as a fam­ily.

The $1 bil­lion Aveo Spring­field com­mu­nity has of­fi­cially been opened by Queens­land Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and Aveo Group Chair­man Seng Huang Lee (be­low right). Jack and Lor­raine Hard­wick (be­low cen­tre) have bought a two-bed­room apart­ment, al­low­ing them to stay in the area and re­main close to fam­ily.

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