$50m vil­lage to be built at Kingston

South Western Times - - News - Sam Gibbs

A $50 mil­lion re­tire­ment vil­lage with 186 homes has been given the green light for de­vel­op­ment in Kingston Es­tate.

Lester Group di­rec­tor Rus­sell Lester said over the five-year time frame of the de­vel­op­ment, $36 mil­lion in pre­fab­ri­cated homes would be con­structed for the site and brought in by truck.

“We ex­pect to be­gin con­struc­tion in March-April and have the first res­i­dents in by Septem­ber-Oc­to­ber,” Mr Lester said.

“The first stage will in­clude a large club­house with an in­door pool, li­brary, gym and cin­ema.”

Mr Lester said the Eden­life Aus­tralind project would cre­ate jobs and be an as­set to the com­mu­nity.

Eden­life chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Bill Mar­shall said the group had al­ways planned for the type of de­vel­op­ment since es­tab­lish­ing Kingston Es­tate more than 20 years ago.

“Our of­fer­ing plans to in­clude elec­tric­ity from our so­lar in­stal­la­tions and pur­pose-built re­cy­cling cen­tres, re­duc­ing Eden­life’s en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print,” Mr Mar­shall said.

“A de­vel­op­ment such as this will not only ben­e­fit the wider com­mu­nity with op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal busi­ness and trades, but will help at­tract peo­ple to the area and pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive op­tion for se­niors hous­ing in the re­gion.”

Mr Lester said de­spite be­ing clas­si­fied as a car­a­van park when passed through the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil, the de­vel­op­ment would look like any other life­style vil­lage.

“The res­i­dents of the com­mu­nity own their own home but lease the land it sits on,” Mr Lester said.

“It keeps the cost of the homes much more af­ford­able and they pay for the land on a weekly rent ba­sis.

“Once fin­ished it will look like any other home in sub­ur­bia.”

Har­vey shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son said the Eden­life Aus­tralind project fell un­der the parks home ban­ner be­cause the mod­u­lar units were built off site and al­lowed for higher den­sity.

Cr Jack­son said each unit could be re­moved in 24 hours and was built with a chas­sis, mean­ing they met the re­quire­ment for the Car­a­van Parks and Camp­ing Grounds Act.

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