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Census shows retirement villages improve quality of life

first_imgRetirement lifestyle resorts like Orianna Sandstone Point, offer health benefits.“Orianna Sandstone Point is a master planned, boutique community with 122 two and three bedroom resort-style homes on low-maintenance blocks,” Ms Lombe said.“The resort at Sandstone Point will attract like-minded, active over 50s looking to free up their lifestyle by transitioning into either a semi or full retirement lifestyle.“Residents will have access to a wide range of facilities and activities as part of the planned recreation centre, fondly named ‘the Boathouse’.“The Boathouse will be the hub for the community to catch up, have a drink at the bar, grab a coffee with friends, or strike up a game of lawn bowls.“Those seeking a little more daily adventure can book out the Orianna boat and spend the afternoon on the water, or jump in the resort mini-bus and venture to one of the areas many local attractions.”Ms Lombe said Sandstone Point also provides an exciting new model where those leading into retirement can transition into a brand new home located on a dedicated site at one of South East Queensland’s premier island locations.“The fact there is no entry, stamp duty or exit fees is another appealing feature of these lifestyles,” Ms Lombe said.“Sandstone Point embraces the small-town feel of a peaceful, coastal community with all the retail convenience and health services of Bribie Island just a short trip over Pumicestone Passage.” Property Council of Australia chief executive Ken MorrisonMr Morrison said retirement villages were a positive move for older Australians encouraging them to remain independent and active for as long as they possibly could.“They provide a service that doesn’t just help residents but their families as well,” he said.“Growing old is never easy, often compounded by the loss of mobility and the loss of loved ones and friends.“Retirement villages play a vital role in supporting residents physically and emotionally.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago Orianna Resort Group General Manager, Brett Robinson said Orianna lifestyle resorts provide a new environment where people at common stages in life come together and discover new friendships and opportunities to explore new adventures“While Orianna resorts do not offer units as such, our new two and three bedroom homes provide a comparable value offering for this mature generation seeking to consolidate their assets and free up their lifestyle,” Mr Robinson said.“Living in a lifestyle resort allows you to invest more in your lifestyle at your own pace.”Orianna’s Sandstone Point Sales Manager, Karen Lombe said Orianna Lifestyle Resorts would provide a new standard in resort-style community living for those looking to downsize ‘in style’. “Retirement villages play a vital role in supporting residents physically and emotionally” — Ken Morrison, chief executive, Property Council of Australia.RETIREMENT villages are growing in popularity with Australian villages now showing a 92 per cent occupancy rate according to new data.The 2016 PwC/Property Council Retirement Census of more than 53,000 retirement and independent living units across Australia showed strong rates of occupancy across the country.Property Council of Australia chief executive Ken Morrison said the research showed that retirement villages could extend the independence and quality of life of their residents.“The 2016 PwC/Property Council Retirement Census indicates retirement villages are growing in popularity and are an affordable downsizing proposition that provide real lifestyle and health benefits to residents,” Mr Morrison said.“According to the Retirement Census, the average two-bedroom unit is priced at 67 per cent of the median house price in the same postcode.“This enables older Australians to make the move while ensuring they also have cash on hand for their health and lifestyle needs.”last_img read more

Republic to resume World Cup campaign against Georgia

first_imgAlso tonight in Group D, Austria will play host to Wales while Serbia travel to face Moldova.All three matches will kick-off at 7.45.Among tonight’s other World Cup Qualifiers, Group G heavy-weights Italy and Spain will clash in Turin.And Iceland will look to follow-up on their successful Euro2016 campaign when they host Scandinavian rivals Finland in Group I. The Gortnahoe man hasn’t found the net for club or country in 19 games but is expected to be in the Republic of Ireland starting XI for the Group D clash at the Aviva Stadium.Ireland drew 2-2 in their opening fixture with Serbia.The manager is confident that the Tipp man won’t let his barren spell get to him.last_img read more

Lyons City Administrator says Wellington should start a ‘land bank’ to clean up the town

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (10) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +23 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 229 weeks ago Sounds like a lot of sound advice. Mr. Sweet, thanks for sharing your knowledge. Report Reply 0 replies · active 229 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down WgtnRes · 229 weeks ago I can’t imagine the city ‘giving’ anything away!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 229 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down N Staley · 229 weeks ago Thank you, city council persons, for realizing none of us have all of the answers and that it’s OK to look outside our community to see what is successful, cost-effective and could benefit our community and local tax base. We also don’t have to pay large chunks out of our modest budgets to get the valuable advice from those who have done it and want others to benefit like they did. Many times the “professional” advice benefits those giving the advice, not necessarily the ones receiving it. Those willing to share, like Mr Sweet, gain no benefit in sharing other than they know they have made a difference in a community like ours when the advice is taken, studied and put into ACTION. Now is the time to find someone or more with grant writing skills to offer their help. Let’s use some Pay It Forward. Get help from others now and share freely with others later. We have a wonderful community to appreciate. Report Reply 0 replies · active 229 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 229 weeks ago I’m not opposed to new ideas. But in order for this to work, people first WANT to come to wellington to build a home or business. And how many properties would the city “own” and pay for demo on? Do we have some extra cash laying around to put towards this? How many private businesses have built a building in Wellington in the last 5 years? 10 years? The last I can remember is the chiropractor out by KFC (Gill). I don’t count the new hotel due to the fact that they primarily rely on a contract with the railroad. Susans? Partially publicly financed. Any others? How about new homes in Wellington City limits that didn’t rely on some sore of city funding/financing? Actually, I just verified my Susan’s comment….turns out Gill was also financed by the city. Any idea what the last business was that came in and didn’t rely on any city funding/financing? Report Reply 4 replies · active 228 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down jayhawks5476 · 229 weeks ago This very kind of thinking is what has caused Wellington to be in the shape it is currently in. If the council and citizens don’t start thinking of positive ways to improve the city, it will die. We can see evidence of that happening now everywhere in town. Wellington has had a reputation for years of being difficult to deal with when someone comes in and tries to make improvements. If you talk to people that have done business in the neighboring communities, those communities are much more progressive and willing to take a chance to encourage entrepreneurship and positive ways of doing business, rather than being difficult to work with like Wellington. Please give these new ideas a chance and quit worrying about someone getting something for nothing. Progressive communities find ways to encourage people to come to their towns/cities to live and work. Wellington will never be that type of community if this negative thinking continues. Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 229 weeks ago I have no problem at all trying something new. No problem. But why is it always at the cost of the citizens when there’s no immediate avenue for reimbursement? And the city’s track record is not great at things like this. I have no problem with the city buying these properties, paying someone to demo the unlivable houses, then giving the land away to attract home builders or businesses. BUT, no one is building here for a reason. Figure that out first and get it fixed before spending the cash on something like this. Back when I was a local renter and looking to move to a different house, the first thing I did, was go check on the cost of the utilities. If you’re looking to rent/buy a home, the city will give you that information. That alone is enough to scare a lot of people. Here’s an idea…..talk to the larger employers in the immediate area – the hospital, the casino, GKN, Wal-Mart, etc.. Find out what percentage of their employees live within the city. If that number is smaller than expected, offer those employees an incentive to move to town. Make the same offer to NEW employees. 20% off your electric bill for X number of years. Forgive their property tax for X number of years. Etc. Not only will that give people an incentive to look for employment here, but it will also give people an incentive to move here. I don’t like free stuff. But if the cost of the free stuff is offset by a KNOWN positive in a known amount of time, then go for it. Spending money on a property hoping someone comes here to take it, leaves a lot to be desired for me. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down VietNam Veteran · 228 weeks ago There is one certainty with the progressive mentality of this town, it will always cost money. Many instances in the past have proven this, especially with those who believed in the prophet of “BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME”. Didn’t work whether it was a new swimming pool for over $2 million, new high school for over $25 million, Warden Park for who knows how much, forgiving hospital debt on electricity usage, the list is long yet nobody came. The only thing that did bring more people to town was a new jail facility for over $10 million!!! Grant money does not grow on trees contrary to progressive beliefs, it is usually taxpayer money forcefully redistributed. It should also be noted that paving a parking lot in a park and a new sprinkler system at the golf course is not a priority for spending money. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down lisa · 228 weeks ago it does always cost money. The conservative mindset says let us pay our taxes and let other towns get the benefit .. at least progressives want some progreass. conservatives would let the world crumble around them and be proud that they didnt spend any money .. just get a couple people very rich an to heck with everyone else .. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Phila · 229 weeks ago “He said the city of Lyons recently did a $4 million water line improvement through a grant program, as one example.” Did he happen to say what kind of grant that was? TIA Report Reply 0 replies · active 229 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 229 weeks ago http://www.krdo.com/news/cannabis-club-to-give-aw… Should do something like this article says only like free lunch or something. Are there neighborhood cleanings up Wellington? I know in Wichita once a year people can put their stuff by the road and volunteers will go around down throwing the stuff away into big trucks. I am just throwing ideas out. I feel some people just don’t have the strength or help to clean out their properties so some of these options might actually be viable. Report Reply 0 replies · active 229 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council invited John Sweet, a Lyons city administrator, to a work session Tuesday to discuss ways to improve the state of housing in Wellington.His suggestion? Wellington should create an incentive based “land bank” system, in which the city cleans up old property no longer in use and gets them back on the Wellington tax rolls.John SweetSweet, who is a former U.S. Marine, is considered one of the state’s premiere and progressive city administrators. He took the job at Lyons 12 years ago and has spent countless hours implementing various programs in the central Kansas community of about 3,700 people. Sweet was invited to address the council and other civic leaders as part of Wellington’s process of applying for Community Development Block Grants, and doing a housing assessment to determine the state of housing in the city.Sweet said the land bank works like this:When there are abandoned properties that end up at the sheriff’s sale for back taxes, the properties like these often have abandoned houses on them which are eyesores and create problems.Sweet said in Lyons he works to get those properties into the land bank. They bid out demolition of the houses to contractors all over the state to get good prices. Then the city can do what it wants with the land. In many cases, the city will give it to someone wanting to build a house or a business. There are stipulations such as them having to actually build what they planned in a certain amount of time or they have to give the land back.He said he does not want to get into the business of selling lots. It is better to give them to someone who will do something positive on the lot, and get it back on the tax rolls.Sweet said the council should look for win-win type situations, where the city, the owner of the lot, and the developer all benefit.That is where things like CDBG grants come in. There are many other grants as well, that can be used to improve housing.Sweet said sometimes people are skeptical and don’t trust government. They fear their property taxes will go up as a result of making major improvements. He told the group they do have to sell the idea to the community.“The grants are your tax money coming back to you,” he said he tells people.Sweet said at times property taxes do rise after a house is improved, but he said often it does not, or it is very slight.Sweet encouraged the city to take advantage of what is out there. There are a lot of programs and grants a city can apply for. Of course, Wellington does that with the state highway department and has done several road improvements that way.The meeting came partially as a result of the Wellington City Council members new effort to get people to clean up their yards, and how to deal with the trash problem around town. Some landlords are saying they cannot rent properties because neighboring houses are in such bad shape.Sweet told the council they need to promote the city and apply for all the grants that are out there. He spoke of one grant that was discontinued because no one had applied.“You have to promote your city, sell your community,” he said.He has applied for a lot of grants and won a lot of them. They have done things like give people grants to refurbish houses to improve the overall housing stock.But Sweet said they could do that even more.He said the city of Lyons recently did a $4 million water line improvement through a grant program, as one example.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more