Living Choice buys NSW horse stud

Living Choice buys NSW horse stud for new retirement village and nursing home

The private provider has nabbed the historic Bangaloe Stud at Avoca Drive on the Central Coast as the site for its next development.

Living Choice, which owns three retirement villages in the local area, intend to build a village and adjoining aged care home (nursing home) on the 24 hectare site which is only 2 kilometres from the exclusive Avoca Beach.

Despite only signing off on the deal last week, plans are already well underway, with the operator already applying for aged care bed licences with the Department of Health.

“Residents were particularly pleased to hear that Living Choice plans to include an aged care facility in the DA Application to develop a retirement village on the property and we are in the process of applying to the Department of Health for bed licences for the site,” said Tim Bentley, Living Choice General Manager NSW Central Coast & QLD. “Our residents will have priority access to the proposed aged care facility only minutes from Living Choice’s existing villages.”

Bangaloe has been used as a horse stud for over 50 years, first by Bill Ritchie who bought the property in 1960 and bred 77 individual winners and then by the most recent owner Danny Bourke, who has run up to 40 horses on the land for the last 28 years.

Tim also says the development will also reflect the property’s horse racing history by naming either home designs or streets after past owners and trainers.

Purchased by Adelaide-based directors Ian Tregoning and Graham Hobbs in 2003, Living Choice now has nine villages in its portfolio plus another village and nursing home planned for Maroochydore in Queensland.

This site is being developed in partnership with Estia, who are currently waiting on council approval for the aged care facility that will be built before the village.

Estia is also building another nursing home at Living Choice’s Twin Waters village in Queensland which is scheduled to be completed by July 2017. Victoria and Queensland-based operator Arcare is also building their first nursing home in New South Wales at Living Choice’s Glenhaven village in Sydney.

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Caroline Egan

DCM Media, agedcare101

Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

Ian Horswill


Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

Lauren Broomham

Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.