Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mix of Ages Vital to New Suburbs; Bringing Communities Together Key to Social Fabric

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mix of Ages Vital to New Suburbs; Bringing Communities Together Key to Social Fabric

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SCOTT

SAWYER

scott.sawyer@scnews.com.au

DIVERSITY in demographics will be key to creating strong communities of the future.

That's the view of Avid Property Group's Queensland general manager Bruce Harper.

His company is delivering its Harmony estate at Palmview, a master-planned development set to house more than 12,000 residents.

A crucial part of the creation of that community is the inclusion of the elderly, with Aveo's $60 million development within Harmony, close to the future town centre.

"As a developer I consider it vital that communities we build are diverse," he said.

"It is the social glue that makes communities. There are too many examples in the past of communities designed and planned around a single demographic, often young families."

He said as communities aged, often the parks, services and infrastructure weren't designed for children as they grew older, and social problems developed.

He said their Grand Linear Park in the Palmview development was designed to cater to children of all ages, adults and the elderly.

They were also conducting long-table dinners for new residents, in a bid to help them get to know each other and help different age groups, ethnicities and backgrounds mesh together.

Mr Harper said aged care and retirement living would play an increasingly large role in communities on the Coast over the next 30 years.

"The sector has been integrated in many of the communities already developed," he said.

"And who could blame people wanting to retire here given the beaches, hinterland and climate that the region offers.

"These numbers will increase given both the current skew of older cohorts and those that will continue to be attracted to the lifestyle and natural advantages that the Sunshine Coast offers. …

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