Melbourne Not For Profit Mayflower Group under pressure moving village residents

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The Not For Profit group has been forced to search out new housing for the residents of 22 independent living units at its Reservoir site after putting forward plans to close the village and buld a new aged care facility there.

Some residents however don’t want to move. The provider originally bought the Reservoir site for $1 back in 2008, when Rotary could no longer afford to run it, and have kept it going alongside its two other facilities since then.

“To have a viable aged care facility they need 100 beds,” Executive Director Andrew Venosta said.

The 40-year-old units will need to go. Under the Retirement Villages Act, the tenants cannot be evicted and Mayflower has been working with several housing groups to find the residents new accommodation, plus funding their relocation costs.

“We are only required to give them six months’ notice and we’ve actually given them 12 months,” Mr Venosta added.

Image: An artist’s impression of plans for the new facility.