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It was a last minute dash across the state border just before it shut that saw Michael and Karen Stewart return to Brisbane for the first time since the 1970s.

“We were always coming back to Queensland, we started our married life here, but it was just lucky how it all worked out,” Mrs Stewart said of their move in August last year.

On Tuesday this week, the couple picked up the keys to their home in the new over-50s community at Halcyon Rise, Logan Reserve, to begin the next chapter in a life together that has already seen them travel around Australia.

“Michael worked for Australia Post so we were transferre­d everywhere: Winton, Mount Isa, Proserpine, Sydney, Bathurst. When we got to Coffs Harbour we said enough.”

The couple sold their Coffs Harbour property during COVID last year and moved to Queensland, renting close to where their twobedroom house was being built.

“We signed up in January last year and with COVID there have been stops and starts like the rest of the world,” she said.

“This is going to be great, we are buying our lifestyle. We can’t wait. I just want to relax and enjoy the moment and watch our little community grow.”

The Stewarts are among the first residents to move into Halcyon Rise which had a special opening ceremony this week to welcome its foundation residents.

Halcyon’s joint managing director Dr Bevan Geissmann said the day was an important milestone for Halcyon, which he started with local solicitor Paul Melville in 2004.

“Paul and I were both running our respective medical and law practices and met at a local barbecue where we talked about the issues facing senior Australian­s and how they deserved to have an active and socially connected community to live in,” Dr Geissmann said. “That was the start for Halcyon and we created Halcyon Parks in Caloundra so it is very special to be coming back to Logan to open our ninth community in South East Queensland.”

The luxury community, which will have 300 homes, 20 acres of open space, a cinema, clubhouse, bar and resort pool, is the second in Australia to have a Tesla car as its shared vehicle.

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