Feedback from our community consultation sessions:
That was a fascinating read. I love looking over layout plans and trying to visualise. I really hope this all happens. What a community you would have there and what an asset to the broader community. I do love the underlying concept. Keep working! It’s got to happen. We need places like this to give us more and better options for retirement and later years.
Some of the aspects make me think of the Scandinavian practices. Mainly that of creating a community and one that interacts with a broader spectrum of our society. Students getting accommodation with older people in return for spending so many hours a week with them. Creating living spaces with shared facilities. Encouraging a community with lots of social interaction and support.
The more remote nature of your project is awesome. That you can still have access to various recreational facilities – including a theatre and ponies! – and not have to live in the middle of a concrete jungle of city.
And planning and incorporating more connection with the real world – sun, views, landscape and terrain to wander through, animals, horticulture, ocean – room for your boat! Reduce that sense of isolation. Opportunities to participate and contribute- to have some purpose and usefulness. And all that without compromising access to health, well-being and safety services.
It could really change how people view retirement and nursing options. They become attractive and adventures instead of some final penance to be endured. I’ve thought often about what my options might be when we are forced or want to ramp down from what we have now. This has me intrigued.
Hopefully the East Coast community see things similarly. People could have fulfilling nursing and aged care careers without having to live in population centres. So many different employment opportunities – horticulture, sports and activities support, food and entertainment. It just goes on. And so many new things that the public would have access to too.
– Kirsten Kuns