Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Seniors demand

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Demand is exceeding expectatio­ns for the Deniliquin Seniors Living Precinct.

Potential residents who filled out an expression of interest form were contacted again in August to put down a $500 refundable deposit, which would see them prioritise­d when contracts were offered.

Edward River Council Mayor Norm Brennan said council is ‘‘delighted’’ 14 have already been lodged.

‘‘We had hoped to build 31 homes in at least three stages, however due to demand, we’re now looking at options to construct all 31 as soon as possible,” Cr Brennan said.

Final costings are expected to be finalised next month, including entry pricing, weekly costs, included services and shared facilities.

The Seniors Living Precinct will operate under a loan/licence arrangemen­t, which allows council to lease the homes until residents choose to leave.

Stage one of the plan, consisting of six homes and costed at about $1 million, was expected to start ‘‘late 2021 to early ‘22’’.

Council expected delays when it was removed from Victoria’s border bubble on

September 3, however it was returned from 11.59pm on Sunday.

Mayor Norm Brennan said the Melbourne-based designers contracted to the project are more likely able to travel to the area on the permit system.

Council has been working towards building a seniors living precinct for a number of years, securing land for the developmen­t in 2017.

Up to 31 units are expected to be built on the 2.2 hectares in the heart of Deniliquin, bordered by Poictiers, Harfleur, Hardinge and Napier Sts.

Prospectiv­e residents can choose from 15 pre-approved floorplans for two and three bedroom units, which were released in February this year. The homes range in size from 150m2 to 208m2.

Each of the units will have water, sewerage, phone and internet connection­s, power and gas and ducted evaporativ­e cooling. Centrally located in the estate will be a community centre and workshop, complete with two communal patios.

 ??  ?? A concept drawing of one of the pre-appoved homes you can choose from.
A concept drawing of one of the pre-appoved homes you can choose from.

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