The final stage of an upgraded $35 million seniors living complex in Darwin has been formally opened by Masonic Homes.

The completion of the Tiwi Gardens Mews development in the city’s northern suburbs makes Masonic Homes one of the largest non-government housing providers for seniors in the Territory.

The expansion project has seen the construction of 34 new villas and 85 aged care beds over the past three years.

This latest capital works development was made possible by a land grant from the NT Government and a $1.6 million regional development grant from the Commonwealth Government.

Masonic Homes’ CEO, Doug Strain said the group hopes to establish itself as one of the country’s top 20 providers of seniors living options by 2015.

“The Darwin complex is a key stepping stone to achieving that objective as it creates a significant precinct providing a range of seniors living and care options for older Australians wanting to stay in the north,” he said.

“It also serves as a centre for aged care services to the broader NT community.”

The expansion project was commissioned after 23 per cent of respondents in a survey of senior Territorians said they planned to retire outside the Territory due to a lack of suitable accommodation options.

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