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NIMBYs force Brisbane Council to dump plans for retirement villages and aged care – but what happens when they are old?


Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has scrapped plans to allow villages and aged care facilities to be co-located with sporting clubs after several developments were targeted by community action groups.

Have these NIMBYs considered where they will live when they are older though?

Cr Quirk first announced the Brisbane incentives in mid-2016 after the Council found just 1,000 new aged care rooms and retirement units were being approved every year – well below the 3,600 needed annually to meet the demands of its ageing population.

Studies show most retirement village residents move from within 20km of their family home. Without options nearby, residents may have to leave their communities and family and social networks to find suitable accommodation.

Most of us would like to stay at home as we age, but all it takes is a change in circumstance for us to need extra support.

If we don’t have villages and aged care in our own backyard, where will we go?

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.

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