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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    More than 5,000 jobs in store for Springfield as Premier opens world-class retirement village

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    More than 5,000 jobs in store for Springfield as Premier opens world-class retirement village

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has officially opened the first stage of a $1 billion retirement village in the heart of Springfield.

    The Premier said Aveo Springfield represented a great example of well-planned community development.

    “Springfield is Queensland’s fastest growing community and in 20 years’ when this development is complete, the area will be home to more than 105,000 Queenslanders,” the Premier said.

    “By then, one in five residents will be over the age of 65, which is why it is so vital to plan ahead with developments like this.

    “Over the staged rollout of this project, it will generate 5,400 jobs, and 580 operational jobs when complete.

    “I look forward to seeing the project continue to take shape in the coming years delivering world-class aged care options for the people of Springfield.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said the development would provide an innovative new model for aged care and give resident’s more options to age-in-place.

    “The fully-integrated facility will provide independent living units, medium care units and will include specialist dementia and respite care,” the Premier said.

    “Once people’s children have left home and they look to downsize, we know that many prefer to stay close to the community in which their family has grown, to maintain links to friends and the broader community.

    “That’s why it’s so important these Greenfields retirement villages, which have a range of escalating care options depending on an individuals’ needs, are put in place well in advance.”

    Located in the 52-hectare Health City, Aveo Springfield will comprise 2500 retirement villas and offers a comprehensive range of onsite health services.

    The Premier said the opening of Aveo Springfield came just in time for the community to take advantage of a new grants program to help create more inclusive, age-friendly communities.

    The Palaszczuk Government has committed $1 million over the next three years through Advancing Queensland: Age-friendly community grants.

    Grants made through the program will range from $25,000 up to $100,000 and will help councils, organisations, not-for-profit groups, innovators and the community turn big ideas into action to help make life better for seniors. 

    “This first round of grants will focus on housing, transport and outdoor spaces,” said the Premier.

    “If we can help seniors in Springfield and across Queensland stay more involved in their communities, it means a great result for all Queenslanders.”

    Applications for the first round of the Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program close at 5pm, Friday 16 June 2017. For further information or to apply, visit www.qld.gov.au/agefriendlygrants 

    Media Contact: Geoff Breusch 0417 272 875