Property Council to host 'Illawarra Retirement Lunch' in Wollongong

Michelle Guido.
Michelle Guido.

ENSURING that high-quality and age appropriate housing options exist and are accessible for people in the Illawarra will be among the topics discussed at an upcoming function.  

The Property Council will host the ‘Illawarra Retirement Lunch’ in Wollongong.

Attendees can learn about current trends, diverse senior housing developments and the future of senior living in the region.

Property Council Illawarra regional director Michelle Guido said with one in four people in the Illawarra aged 65 and over, it’s vital that high-quality, age appropriate housing options exist and are accessible for people in the region.

“This means we need to be more proactive in addressing the needs of senior Australians, improve the systems and standards already in place, and ensure that there are a range of diverse housing options available across the region,” she said. 

“The Property Council Retirement Lunch is about raising awareness and starting a conversation around the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, and showcasing current and future development models for senior living communities in the Illawarra.”

The keynote speaker will be Jeremy McKinnon, senior manager of Advisory at MacroPlan Dimasi.

Other speakers will include Professor Alison Jones, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Health and Communities) & Executive Dean, Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health at the University of Wollongong; Leanne Taylor, executive leader strategic innovation and development at Warrigal; and IRT Communities CEO Stig Andersen.

The event will take place on Thursday, August 23 from 12pm to 2pm at Centro CBD (located at 28 Stewart Street, Wollongong). 

For more information including tickets, visit the website. 

The Property Council recently welcomed the NSW Government’s response to Kathryn Greiner’s inquiry into the NSW retirement village sector.

The report from the 10-month inquiry makes key recommendations on changes to the operation of the industry.

These include a mandatory Code of Conduct to set the standard for retirement village operators and to stamp out unscrupulous behaviour, and improved dispute resolution services for residents.