Australia is set to open its first retirement village for gay and lesbian residents in Ballan, Victoria.
A 120 unit complex is being built around 35 kilometers east of Ballarat.
Who can we thank for the “first-of-its-kind” development? Developer Peter Dickson, who has named the $30 million retirement village Linton Estate as haven for the over 55’s LGBT community. The complex will boast an Indoor Heated Spa, Bar, Cafe, Library, Croquet Lawn, Tennis Courts and much more.
However this isn’t the first time Dickson has attempted to start production on the complex. After being granted a planning permit from Moorabool Shire Council in 2008, the project unfortunately halted after a redesign delayed construction.
With the redesign complete, work is expected to start early next year, allowing interested parties to buy units off the plan in the coming months.
Dickson says expressions of interest have come far and wide from Turkey, England, the US, interstate and of course locally. The retirement village will be completed in five stages on the former farmland which was recently subdivided into 12 hectare allotments.
Ballan locals have welcomed the coming addition to their town which is growing rapidly, as more good news recently from the State Government with confirmation of a $2 million upgrade to Ballan Hospital. A Moorabool Shire Council spokesman stated that he could not recall any objections to the retirement village being built when first proposed back in 2008.
Linton Estate is offering something that Australia has never seen. A retirement haven allowing the over 55’s of the LGBT community with an environment where they can completely be themselves.
Check out the website at www.lintonestate.com.au.