TRUE BREW RE­TIRE­MENT

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - TREVOR PADDENBURG

A MAR­GARET River re­tire­ment vil­lage is be­ing toasted by se­niors af­ter in­clud­ing a mi­cro­brew­ery where res­i­dents can brew their own beer, and a win­ery where they can bot­tle their own vin­tage.

The Mar­garet River Lifestyle Vil­lage, which opened this week for over-55s, will also have fa­cil­i­ties for res­i­dents to crush and cure olives and grow their own fruit and veg­eta­bles. A hen house will pro­vide eggs, and re­tirees want­ing to stay fit can join a yoga class or jump on an elec­tric bike for a ride in the nearby for­est.

Project di­rec­tor Adan Ni­chol­son said his aim was to “do some­thing dif­fer­ent” and re­flect the ex­pe­ri­ences that make Mar­garet River great.

Among the res­i­dents toast­ing the fa­cil­i­ties were Bill Taplin and San­dra Lewis, who were the first to move into the new de­vel­op­ment on the south­ern out­skirts of Mar­garet River.

Mr Taplin, a for­mer ranger, said he was look­ing for­ward to putting a brew on and “tot­ter­ing back home” af­ter sam­pling it.

Mrs Lewis said she’d never made wine, but was “pretty good at tast­ing it”.

“Crush­ing grapes and mak­ing wine will be a com­pletely new ex­pe­ri­ence for me. It sounds like fun,” she said.

The project won a de­sign and de­vel­op­ment gong for ex­cel­lence in se­niors liv­ing at the re­cent Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia Awards.

“We have re­ally tried to cap­ture the Mar­garet River re­gion’s fa­mous and unique lifestyle in our vil­lage,” Mr Ni­chol­son said. “Res­i­dents will be able to en­joy some truly unique ex­pe­ri­ences, such as grow­ing their own grapes on-site, brew­ing their own craft beer in our very own mi­cro­brew­ery, and grow­ing their own veg­gies and fruit.”

Pic­ture: Paul Done­gan, In Sight Pho­tog­ra­phy

Bot­toms up: Mar­garet River Lifestyle Vil­lage res­i­dents Bill Taplin and San­dra Lewis en­joy drinks from the vil­lage brew­ery and win­ery.

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