Aged care and retirement living provider IRT Group has applied to redevelop Towradgi Park retirement village, which is in a beachside of Wollongong in New South Wales.

The provider has also announced it will rename the village Elements at IRT Towradgi Beach.

The development approval proposes the construction of 25 villas, 24 villa-style apartments and 32 two- and three-bedroom apartments.

The village will be built with a dementia-friendly design including a street front café and general store, which will be open to the public, and greenspace throughout the village.

The resident clubhouse will have a multipurpose second story for community, medical and allied health services.

IRT Group CEO Patrick Reid said the plans supported residents to age in place.

Patrick Reid

“We realise what people want as they enter their later years is changing and we are committed to ensuring our retirement villages are designed for older Australians to age in place and maintain their independence for longer,” Mr Reid said.

“Elements at IRT Towradgi Beach will be a tailor-made community that meets the changing needs of older Australians so that their new home with us will be their home for life,” Mr Reid said.

Kitchens and bathrooms will have modern and safe fixtures and fittings with appliances installed at easy-to-reach heights and trip hazards will be minimised throughout, he said.

Mr Reid said the proposed village was co-designed with input from residents and other interested parties.

“The feedback and input we’ve received from our residents and surrounding community on our plans for the village has been invaluable,” Mr Reid said.

IRT Group first announced its intentions to redevelop the village in 2019.

IRT Towradgi was built in the early 1970s and included a residential aged care centre, which was vacated in 2015 when residents moved into IRT Tarrawanna Aged Care Centre.

The application is subject to assessment by the Southern Regional Planning Panel.

Main image: Proposed main entry for Elements at IRT Towradgi Beach

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