480 independent living units to feature in Blacktown Workers Club’s $500M plan

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After seven years, Blacktown Workers Club, which is changing its name to Workers Lifestyle Group, has been given approval to build a $500 million retirement village and co-located aged care home on land it owns at the club in the Western Sydney suburb.

The 480 independent living units, together with a 160-bed aged care facility, is the next step of a major project which began with the completion in March 2019 of the H E Laybutt Sporting Complex, a $30 million sporting precinct.

The SOURCE first reported the club’s retirement and aged care plan in July 2015. Four years later, a senior housing and aged care development was rejected.

A revised application to the Sydney Central City Planning Panel was approved last week, providing a Site Compatibility Certificate that opens a pathway through to a Development Application for the development.

The application also includes communal open spaces with barbeques and rest areas, village green spaces and a wellness courtyard accessible from a pool and gym, all connected by a shared central road that will create a pedestrian village.

“Our vision of what the Workers Sports Club complex could provide for the Blacktown community will come to life once this Senior Living Resort is complete,” said Blacktown Workers Club Director Kay Kelly.

“It will be a true intergenerational community hub. One where children can play junior sport at a purpose-built facility, where families and friends of all ages can dine at our Sports Club and where our senior members can find a place, not just to live, but enjoy life and thrive in their later years.”