Uniting opens new retirement village

The site is designed to foster social connections.

Not-for-profit New South Wales provider Uniting has opened a new retirement living village in Sydney’s inner-west.

Officially opening its doors last week, McRae-McMahon Place in Leichhardt features 65 homes, including 12 apartments allocated for social housing. Centred around landscaped gardens, the village also features an inside pool and shared spaces to foster social connections (pictured below).

Uniting director of property and housing Simon Furness said the development reflects a growing need to provide diverse housing options for older Australians.

Simon Furness

“Australians are living longer, healthier lives which means they’re staying active for longer and want to retain their independence for as long as possible in the comfort of their own homes.”

McRae-McMahon Place, he said, “reimagines” the notion of retirement living communities. “We built McRae-McMahon Place with a focus on residents’ wellbeing and providing them with the opportunity to build community connections through the shared amenities and spaces we’ve created.”

Mr Furness said Uniting was passionate about helping seniors spend their retirement in places where they wanted to live. “Social isolation and loneliness have a serious impact on seniors so it’s important to us to create environments that increase interaction and make residents happier.”

The official opening was attended by Uniting executive director Tracey Burton, Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne and NSW Minister for Housing and Homelessness Rose Jackson.

Rose Jackson

Ms Jackson said the new homes – 95 per cent of which have already been sold – would make a real difference to the lives of Leichhardt locals.

“These new homes have been designed to address the needs of our seniors’ community; the units in this village will provide modern, supported independent living for people who need it most.”

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