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Work on a pension scheme in the Garden Village in Port Macquarie has started with the demolition on site to make way for new apartments. The residents of the existing units in the northeast of the village have moved to other Garden Village units in the past 18 months. Longtime resident Beryl Ward said the organization attended to residents’ needs and helped them relocate. “My new home is beautiful and I look forward to seeing this take shape,” said Beryl. The new building, known as The Banksia, will be an extension of the existing retirement village and will feature 30 new two-bedroom apartments and five new one-bedroom apartments. Read More: Cowper Financing Investment Helps Transform Elderly Care The complex includes a cyber hub as well as a wellness center that offers support services such as visiting allied health and medical professionals. The wellness center also offers health recovery programs to improve exercise and general wellbeing. Garden Village managed to secure funding for the development from the Australian government through the Building Better Regions Fund. Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan hailed the start of this project, saying the construction should create 250 jobs and give Port Macquarie local contractors and suppliers an economic boost. “This project will benefit retirees who live in the village and provide sourcing opportunities for local contractors and businesses,” said Conaghan. Craig Wearne, CEO of Garden Village, said they are committed to the continued development of their community and providing quality facilities and care to residents. Chairman Andrew Walmsley said he recognized the need for quality, affordable retirement homes in the area. “We are excited to be able to address the needs of the local community with this exciting development,” he said. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2021. Port Macquarie News updates straight to your inbox while you are with us. Sign up here to make sure you are kept up to date with all the news. If you would like to support our journalists, you can register here.

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November 14, 2020 – 3:00 p.m.

Work on a pension scheme in the Garden Village in Port Macquarie has started with the demolition on site to make way for new apartments.

The residents of the existing units in the northeast of the village have moved to other Garden Village units in the past 18 months.

Longtime resident Beryl Ward said the organization attended to residents’ needs and helped them relocate.

“My new home is beautiful and I look forward to seeing this take shape,” said Beryl.

The new building, known as The Banksia, will be an extension of the existing retirement village and will feature 30 new two-bedroom apartments and five new one-bedroom apartments.

The complex also includes a wellness center that offers a cyber hub as well as support services such as visits from allied health and medical professionals.

The wellness center also offers health recovery programs to improve exercise and general wellbeing.

Garden Village managed to secure funding for the development from the Australian government through the Building Better Regions Fund.

Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan hailed the start of this project, saying the construction should create 250 jobs and give Port Macquarie local contractors and suppliers an economic boost.

“This project will benefit retirees who live in the village and provide sourcing opportunities for local contractors and businesses,” said Conaghan.

Craig Wearne, CEO of Garden Village, said they are committed to the continued development of their community and providing quality facilities and care to residents.

Chairman Andrew Walmsley said he recognized the need for quality, affordable retirement homes in the area.

“We are excited to be able to address the needs of the local community with this exciting development,” he said.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2021.

Port Macquarie News updates straight to your inbox while you are with us. Sign up here to make sure you are kept up to date with all the news.If you would like to support our journalists, you can register here.