NORTHAM Country Club will become the focal point of $20 million, 53-residence retirement village to be built by the Global Care Group which built Balladong Estate in York.
The announcement was made at the club last Friday afternoon by the club president Stan Malinowski and Global Care chief executive officer Elizabeth Pettit.
Global Care has bought 3 hectares of land from the club as the site of the village which will use the club facilities as the centre for its social and recreational activities.
“We already have a golf course, squash courts and lawn tennis courts,” said Mr Malinowski.
“It is Global Care’s intention to fund pennant standard bowling greens which will be operated by the club.
“The squash courts will become the well-being centre.”
Global Care is in the process of preparing a development application to lodge with the Shire of Northam.
It has already had discussions with shire planning staff
“It is heading in the right direction,” said shire chief executive officer Neville Hale.
The project will benefit the Country Club and reduce the cost to Global Care of building the residences.
“The sale of the land will erase club debt and enhance its future,” Mr Malinowski said.
For Global Care, its access to the club facilities means it will not have to build community infrastructure, as it will already be in place.
This means a cost will not have to be factored into the price of residences.
These will be brick veneer, standalone with no common walls and they will all have two bathrooms.
“We should have a sales representative on the ground in 12 months,” Ms Pettit said.
“A display home will be built, but we can take people interested to York to see our construction style.
“Global Care is not a developer, but a service provider and we are filling the gap in retirement villages in this area.
“The shire is supporting us and all the boxes are ticked.”