Sundale Tewantin-Noosa project
The Sunshine Coast’s leading developer of vibrant retirement communities and specialised aged care services, Sundale, is kicking some seriously green goals with its next development – well before the doors are opened.
The not for profit community organisation’s yet-to-be named $120m retirement community development is due for Stage 1 completion in mid 2019 but is already the region’s first health and aged care facility to be certified under the national EnviroDevelopment sustainability certification, and the first to receive ‘six leaf’ accreditation in all six defined sustainability program categories.EnviroDevelopment is a scientifically-based assessment scheme that independently reviews development projects and awards certification to those that achieve outstanding performance across Water, Energy, EcoSystems, Community, Materials and Waste. Sundale’s six leaf achievement makes its project a shining exemplar of sustainable development.
Sundale’s Development Manager, Tom Sheridan explained that the company’s latest project is being developed in Tewantin, a suburb of sophisticated lifestyle and tourism mecca Noosa, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The development will herald a new, contemporary design direction for Sundale which first started in 1963. It currently operates 10 aged care facilities in Queensland, along with several complementary commercial activities.
“Our new community at Tewantin will feature 180 environmentally sustainable retirement living homes, 60 aged care studios, a bowling green, restaurant-café and gymnasium, and state of the art club facilities and services, all set amongst 20 acres of land, Tom said.
“As well as the connection to community and outstanding care that Sundale is respected and valued for, our new project will offer residents all the amenities of a luxury resort, just minutes away from the natural, cultural and epicurean delights of Noosa and Tewantin Village.”
According to the Noosa Shire Museum, Tewantin was the original settlement in the Noosa region and is one of its three major centres today. It was initially a river port with industries including gold, fishing and timber.
It’s ironic that what was once a timber town will soon be home to one of the most environmentally friendly and architecturally stunning retirement communities in Australia.
The development also suits the local government’s aspirations for a more sustainable future.
Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington said, “Both Noosa Council and the Noosa community have set themselves ambitious targets to be carbon neutral by 2026. It is therefore very pleasing to see that Sundale’s development in Tewantin is the first of its kind to be awarded six-leaf EnviroDevelopment certification. Sundale’s approach to sustainability fits snugly with the broader aims of the Noosa Shire.”