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Where to next for over 50’s living?

That is something we have been reflecting on during the final months of 2017. The rubber band of life has stretched, giving a lot of us fortunate ones so much more out of life. Combined with the great lifestyle of South East Queensland, the opportunities to maximise retirement living are endless. 

The reflection in part is due to the amazing things our Halcyon home owners achieved throughout this year and partly due to the significant growth we have seen in the over 50’s lifestyle community market. This edition of Halcyon Days is a testament to their achievements.

Every day in our communities we get to see some amazing new things our home owners are taking up like painting or pottery for the first time, cycling from Pottsville to Deception Bay or being the largest team to participate in the Sunshine Coast Marathon. 

More than 14 years ago, when we started on this journey, I don’t think Paul and I could have appreciated what a difference lifestyle communities would make to so many people. Way back then, very few people had heard of a lifestyle community and the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act had a stigma that we worked tirelessly to reframe. We knew there was a better alternative to the retirement village model and we are grateful the Queensland Government has provided us with the legislation to deliver a superior lifestyle option. 

Today, there are more than 10,000 homes in lifestyle communities across South East Queensland and that number is set to increase considerably. This year the Queensland Government passed legislation to help improve and reaffirm their commitment to this operating model and to ensure home owners’ rights and long-term protection under the Act. This will ensure that every operator is brought up to standard and a home owners financial security is protected. 

Halcyon looks forward to the implementation of these long-awaited reforms, more than four years after the review of the Act was announced in September 2013.

This year we have also been focussed on ramping up our commitment to sustainable homes that are designed for living and built for life. Delivering low-maintenance homes and lower running costs, whilst maintaining space, design and quality fittings are at the heart of everything we do in a Halcyon home.

To achieve lower running costs and help our home owners leave a lighter footprint we have now installed more than 3,800 solar panels saving more than 3,504 tonnes annually of carbon being pumped into the environment. 

In 2018, what do we hope for our home owners and those joining the Halcyon Family? We wish them more Halcyon Days.

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Building a better Christmas for children in need

Christmas is just around the corner and Caboolture’s very own version of Santa’s workshop is preparing to deliver.

The community’s fully equipped workshed has been a hive of activity, manned by six intrepid ‘elves’ who have toiled all year to create more than 250 toys for local boys and girls.

Their treasure trove of toys was handed over on 29 November to the Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre, Knitting for Brisbane’s needy, Centre Against Domestic Violence and Caboolture Police Station for distribution to local kids in need.

The handcrafted toys include trucks, trailers, rocking chairs, pull carts with blocks and doll cradles. Head elf and Halcyon Glades home owner John Hillway said the workshed crew have loved every moment of creating the toys, which has involved a commitment of three four-hour sessions each week.

“We wanted to do something to make sure the area’s most disadvantaged kids have at least one present to open on Christmas Day.”

“As long as the kids are happy, that’s the main thing. It’s a great atmosphere in the workshed, everyone just gets in and does their work and we all get a lot of pleasure out of being involved,” said John.
Community Manager Tracey Yeo had arranged extra tools and machinery for the workshed while several local businesses donated materials such as timber and paint.

John said he got the idea from sister community Halcyon Parks where he lived for eight years. “Their workshed makes between 600 and 800 toys for the community each Christmas, so when I moved here I thought we could do the same thing for Caboolture,” said John.

“Our target this year was 200 toys and next year we’ll be aiming for 300. As soon as we drop off these toys, we’ll be going back into the workshed to start on the toys for next Christmas.”

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Schools in for Halcyon Parks

School is well and truly back in session for a group of 30 Halcyon Parks home owners who volunteer their time and experience to read, draw and jam with students at Meridan State College in Caloundra.

Committee Chairman and Halcyon Parks home owner Rob Davis said the primary goal of this initiative is to improve and strengthen community involvement and interaction as well as to create and foster new relationships.

“So far we’ve held five workshops with the school, from art and music classes with Grade 8 students to making paper puppets and reading with prep students and the response from both sides has been great,” said Rob.

The Halcyon Parks’ ukulele interest group also made an appearance at the school and enjoyed a jam session with Grade 8 students. “It was a memorable experience, not only for the Halcyon ‘uke’ players but also for the students who are now requesting an encore jam session which we are excited to organise.”

Fellow home owner Barb Clyde has been involved in the school based activities and is finding the time spent with the students very enjoyable. “It’s a wonderful initiative and so refreshing to work and interact with these young children,” said Barb.

“I’ve been mostly involved in reading with the younger children. I firmly believe that if you can read confidently and find enjoyment in reading it will open up many opportunities.”

“It’s quite rewarding to see the improvement in both the children’s reading ability and their enjoyment over the year.” Barb said her involvement in the school based volunteer program was beneficial in the way that she was able to interact and spend time with the students as her grandchildren live far away.

“I don’t get to see my grandchildren very often so it’s nice to have that interaction with the children at the school from time to time,” said Barb.

“The students have even come up with a name for all of us, we’re now known as the ‘grand preppies’ of Meridan Plains.”

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The King and Queen of cruise

Ian and Shirley Schultz were among the first to move into Halcyon Lakeside last year and say they have discovered the perfect balance between relaxation and social gatherings.

Their new home at Bli Bli is the second sea change move for the adventurous couple and they love the lifestyle it offers them.

“We originally owned and lived on a farm in Victoria before moving to a penthouse in Mooloolaba but we didn’t enjoy the hustle and bustle that surrounds the area, particularly the traffic. So when we found Halcyon Lakeside, it was the ultimate balance between the two lifestyles,” said Shirley.

“Our new home has a large patio with a big beautiful garden overlooking the lake. It’s so peaceful during the night and in the daytime quite often honeyeaters visit our garden and are only a few feet away.”
Ian and Shirley also enjoy spending time at the new Recreation Club within the community.

“The new Rec Club is similar to a 5-Star resort, from the furnishings through to the Gold-Class style cinema and numerous sporting facilities.”

“About 20 of us banded together and watched the AFL grand final while we snacked on party pies in the private cinema. It was great fun,” said Shirley.

“We love playing tennis, pickleball or doing yoga. There’s always so much to do that we have to draft a schedule to keep track of all the activities and classes. If you’re not feeling up to it, the great thing is you can just relax at home in a quiet environment.”

Ian and Shirley, AKA the ‘cruise king and queen’ have more than 40 cruises under their belt and are home for only half the year. The rest of their time is spent cruising around the world. “Halcyon is ideal for us because we’re able to lock and leave our home for weeks or months at a time and know it’s going be secure and looked after,” said Ian.

“We’re lucky to have such great neighbours who look after our garden while we’re away.”

The couple is jetting off soon for a cruise around the Caribbean, then later next year the plan is for another two cruises with friends and neighbours from the gated lakeside community.

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Where to next for over 50’s living?

Where to next for over 50’s living?

That is something we have been reflecting on during the final months of 2017.

read more
Building a better Christmas for children in need

Building a better Christmas for children in need

Christmas is just around the corner and Caboolture’s very own version of Santa’s workshop is preparing to deliver.

read more
Schools in for Halcyon Parks

Schools in for Halcyon Parks

School is well and truly back in session for a group of 30 Halcyon Parks home owners who volunteer their time and experience to read...

read more
The King and Queen of cruise

The King and Queen of cruise

Ian and Shirley Schultz were among the first to move into Halcyon Lakeside last year and say they have discovered the perfect balance...

read more

Pimpama

Pimpama
Halcyon Greens

Bli Bli

Bli Bli
Halcyon Lakeside

Caboolture

Caboolture
Halcyon glades

Hope Island

Hope Island
Vision By Halcyon

Bli Bli

Bli Bli
Halcyon Landing

Hope Island

Hope Island
Halcyon Waters

Caloundra

Caloundra
Halcyon Parks