Melbourne’s Kewarra submits plans for Cairns retirement villas

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Kewarra Lifestyles wants to add 64 retirement villas to its 75-bed aged care facility in a beachside suburb in Cairns, Queensland.

Melbourne-based Kewarra Lifestyle told Cairns Regional Council it has 28 retirement villas at Kewarra Beach Resort and wants to build a further 43 units on an adjacent 15.6 hectare block of bushland it already owns.

Kewarra Lifestyles said its aim is to retain a ‘smaller scale resort’ over the balance of the site, with residents able to use resort facilities.

“The proposal is not a new concept and benefits from approvals that date back to 2011,” the report notes.

Approval for 34 units lapsed in September 2019 and Kewarra Lifestyles stated the new application sought a new format ‘more in keeping with the current market expectations for seniors living’.

“Future plans for the Retirement Village will include new two bedroom, and one and two bathroom villas, single and double garages and private courtyards overlooking tropical rainforest and gardens,” Kewarra Serviced Apartments website states.

Kewarra Aged Care opened in August 2017 after gaining council approval in early 2016.

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