THINGS are certainly happening at the Linton Court Retirement Village.
Located just 300 metres from the town centre in McDonald Street, Foster, work has just been completed by builder Brett Tay on a new outdoor leisure rotunda, dubbed by residents as ‘The Pentagon’.
The Pentagon is positioned in the open area next to the community hothouse and garden, with a lovely outlook to the adjacent Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning natural bushland.
Over the warmer months, the residents regularly gather for a quiet chat and a drink, and they are looking forward to enjoying the ambience of this new facility.
It will be a great spot to relax in the sunshine while enjoying a barbecue or a drink, or simply just contemplating the surroundings.
Construction of a further three new two-bedroom units with carports is also about to begin.
The builder, Brent Casbolt, expects to complete these three units by January 2022, and the units have already been allocated to the intended residents.
Preliminary works are already underway to install further drainage in the building site area, and to establish the sewerage and water connections for these units.
It is also planned to construct two additional two-bedroom units with carports in the same area in the 12 months following the completion of these three units.
Designer Leonie Clyne is currently finalising the plans for these further two units to enable the various permits and approvals to be obtained.
The retirement village is situated in a lovely setting, surrounded on most sides by natural bushland yet close to the town centre and all town and community facilities.
The village site is about five acres, so units are well spaced and there is heaps of room to build further units.
At present there are 22 units, being 16 two-bedroom units and six one-bedroom units.
The units are designed for independent living, but include many features designed to make life easier for older people.
The retirement village is run by a local community, not-for-profit, approved charity body to provide this accommodation suited for older people on a very affordable basis.
It is administered on a totally honorary basis by a board of local community people – so the interests of the residents are fully aligned with those of the board.
Most maintenance is also done on a voluntary basis by local people.
As all maintenance issues are dealt with by the village, residents are free to enjoy their retirement, and come and go as they please.
The financial arrangements offered to residents are generous, and there is no restriction on the eligibility of persons to apply to be allocated a unit.
The only costs to residents after entry are a very concessional fortnightly rental/maintenance charge, and their phone and electricity or gas.
The village draws its name from its original benefactors – Ted and Lydia Linton – who initiated the project and very generously donated the most suitable and valuable land on which the village has developed. The community is much indebted to the Linton family and those following who have given their resources, time and effort to provide this invaluable option to our older residents.