Indooroopilly Golf Club plans for retirement village

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A popular golf club in Brisbane’s west plans to lease part of its site for a retirement village.

The Indooroopilly Golf Club submitted a development application for the project last Friday, which was flagged in the Westside News in October last year.

Under the proposal, the club would lease 1.9 per cent of its 128ha riverfront site to retirement centre operator Aura for 60 years, with a 60-year option.

There would be 215 independent living units in buildings up to five levels, facing Meiers Rd.

Previous proposals to develop part of the golf course have met with fierce opposition, but this time residents and community groups have been cautiously optimistic.

The IGC is confident the project on its land will not significantly worsen traffic.

“Because of the nature of the people who will use this, they have fewer cars and tend to travel at off-peak times so traffic impacts won’t be significant,’’ IGC chief executive Steve Lammerton said.

“The project recognises the lack of these facilities in this area and the need for ageing in place in the community.’’

It mailed out 28,000 flyers to residents last year and held a series of community meetings on its plans, and would hold more information sessions now firm plans had been released.

“After the board put it to membership, they endorsed it by 96 per cent, which is overwhelming support,’’ Mr Lammerton said.

“This will not affect the playing area and in fact the revenue will go back into upgrading facilities.’’

The golf club has not fully recovered from the 2011 floods, pictured above. The club is situated near a bend in the river, with the river snaking around it. It can be see to the mid-right of this photo. Picture: Russell Shakespeare


Planners Urbis said in their development application documentation: “While the proposed development is for a retirement facility, the proposal is located on surplus land on the IGC and the proposed design ensures there will be no net loss of golf holes or functionality of the course as a result of the proposed development.

“Therefore, the intent of the Sport and Recreation Zone for providing for sporting needs will not be compromised by the proposed development.

“Further, the proposal will not compromise existing clubhouse or supporting facilities associated with the IGC.’’

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