Mildura Weekly : Friday January 17 2014 Vol 8 No11
www.milduraweekly.com.au 20 Mildura Weekly – 17/01/14 By GRANT MAYNARD WITH housing affordability report- edly on the decline, it is surprising to learn that here in Mildura we have a surplus of sorts. Six recently refurbished, single bedroom Deakin Court retirement village units in central Mildura are vacant. That, the board of management that oversees the running of the vil- lage describes as “a real shame” and it says it would like to see the units tenanted sooner rather than later. The board comprises church rep- resentatives from St Margaret’s An- glican Church, as well as the wider community, and Deakin Court is registered under the Victorian Retire- ment Village Act. “The units offer affordable, peace of mind for those seeking secure re- tirement living,” committee spokes- man, Ian Masters, said. “Each is fully self-contained, with a living room, one bedroom and a bathroom/laundry. “It is a waste to see them empty.” The six units presently vacant are part of a 12-unit development from the 1970s, forming part of the St Mar- garet’s complex that also comprises the imposing church on the corner of Deakin Avenue and 11th Street, the church offices, parish hall, rectory and St Margaret’s Kindergarten and Pre-school. While the unit exteriors may date back to the 70s – and look none the worse for it – the interiors have, in re- cent months, been given a thorough renovation. The work has included new kitchens, ensuite bathrooms, paint throughout, tiles, floor cover- ings, reverse cycle air conditioning, and fire and personal alarms. The novel aspect of this rejuvena- tion is that it was all achieved with minimum disruption. First, the committee of manage- ment let half a dozen of the units fall vacant – not re-tenanting them after their elderly occupants moved onto higher levels of care. These units were then refurbished. Once that work was completed, the remaining tenants were moved into the ‘new’ units while theirs was given the same treatment. They were then offered the opportunity to re- turn to their original unit, or stay where they were. The transformation took several months, and some clever organisa- tion, but the results have been well worth the effort, Mildura’s Anglican Archdeacon, Michael Hopkins, said. “The work has brought the units up to today’s standards,” he said. “Now all we need are some new ten- ants.” The Archdeacon explained the unit fees are set annually by the board of management, saying there is an ingoing fee of $15,000. That, he ex- plains, secures the licence agreement for a unit for the time the resident is able to live independently. Then there is an ongoing, weekly fee of $130 that covers rent, ground maintenance, monitoring services, Mildura Rural City Council rates, and Lower Murray Water’s charges. This weekly expenditure can of- ten be offset by government rental assistance. “The resident is responsible for power, communications and other personal costs,”Mr Masters said. The residential complex, at 174 Deakin Avenue, near the corner of 11th Street, includes seven under- cover car parks, and has easy access to Mildura’s City centre. “Fisher’s supermarket is just down the road, as is the Working Man’s Club,” Mr Masters said. “The library, the Waves swim- ming and fitness centre, as well as the Anglican and Uniting Churches, are also within easy reach. “The units have a real village at- mosphere, and everyone here knows their neighbours and looks out for them.” The units are surrounded by care- fully maintained gardens and shady, tranquil lawn areas. “We want people to feel comfort- able here,” Mr Masters said. “It is important that our elderly, who are still able to live independent- ly, feel safe, secure and comfortable. “We think that is what Deakin Court offers.” For more information contact Deakin Court retirement Units on 5023 8265, or via the web at: www. malleeanglican.org.au/deakin court. Room to spare at Deakin Court Village • WELCOME: Mildura’s Anglican Archdeacon, Michael Hopkins, left, and Deakin Court committee of management spokesman Ian Masters outside one of the recently-refurbished villas. The pair would like to see this villa, and another five, with new tenants sooner rather than later. • NEW LEASE ON LIFE: The villas have had a major internal facelift, including a new kitchen. Your red carpet experience Who knows everyone It’s your local Barry Plant agent! With one click of a button they can talk to their network of 1000 real estate professionals who can talk to their network of serious buyers. Then you’ll be the someone everyone knows that got the sales result they wanted. You know someone... who knows someone...
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