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Launch of Halcyon Greens

It was the official launch of Halcyon Greens at Sanctuary Cove on Wednesday 17 May, watch the footage from Channel Nine, Gold Coast news.

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Launch of Halcyon Greens

It was the official launch of Halcyon Greens at Sanctuary Cove on Wednesday 17 May, watch the footage from Channel Seven, Gold Coast news.

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Halcyon Greens Launch on Channel Nine

It was the official launch of Halcyon Greens at Sanctuary Cove on Wednesday 17 May, watch the footage from Channel Nine, Gold Coast news.

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Halcyon Greens Launch on Channel Seven

It was the official launch of Halcyon Greens at Sanctuary Cove on Wednesday 17 May, watch the footage from Channel Seven, Gold Coast news.

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Declutter your lIfe

Article appeared in the Brisbane Courier Mail, 13 May 2017.
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Coast retirement project looms large

Article appeared in the Australian, 18 May 2017.
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Developer Halcyon launches Gold Coast retirement project

Article appeared in The Australian, 18 May 2017.
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Watch Halcyon's superstar home owners on TV!

Fifty years ago a fresh-faced 18-year old released the single, ’Sadie the Cleaning Lady’ which became the highest selling single in Australia at that time. Hugely popular with teenage girls (who are now 65, or thereabouts), the talented Johnny Farnham followed up with the massive hits, ‘One’ and ‘Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head’.

Farnham’s 1990 album ‘Chain Reaction’ featured another big hit in the form of the anthem-like ’THAT’S FREEDOM’.

Inspired by the classic song, our new TV ad features music from this iconic Australian tune.

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Barbecue for a good cause

Article appeared in the Sunshine Coast Daily, 11 October 2016.
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Developing our students

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Laurie Whelan TV interview

Inspirational home owner and Vietnam Veteran Laurie Whelan is taking on the 580km ‘Big Battlefield’ charity ride across Europe.

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Working keeps the mind active

Article appeared in the Courier Mail, 20 May 2016.
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Stronger bones, stronger you

Date: May 2016
More than 140 home owners have been informed on the importance of bone health after a visit by the University of the Sunshine Coast’s mobile health clinic as part of Healthy Bones Action Week. 

Guest speaker Rob Major presented to an attentive audience of Halcyon home owners about the importance of developing and maintaining strong bones.

Halcyon Joint Managing Director
Dr Bevan Geissmann, who worked for more than 20 years as a medical practitioner, said the program gave home owners an important insight into maintaining bone health in their later years.

“Our bones are responsible for many crucial functions of the body, including movement, organ protection, storage of minerals and support for the rest of our body,” said Dr Geissmann.

“Osteoporosis often goes unrecognised and not looking after one’s bones can really impact quality of life, so we believe it’s really important to encourage health awareness through programs such as these.

It’s part of a holistic approach to health and wellness that we like to support at Halcyon. As well as learning about nutrition and physical activity, USC Occupational Therapy students gave home owners insights on how to build bone mass.

Building bone strength can be as simple as regularly performing weight-bearing exercises and home owners were able to pick up some of these handy tips,”
Dr Geissmann said.

Recognised as a national health week, Healthy Bones Action Week is celebrated across the country encouraging people of all ages to protect their bones.

Osteoporosis is one of the least discussed, under diagnosed and under treated diseases in Australia; yet poor bone health affects two in three Australians over 50 years old, including a growing number of men.

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Halcyon home owners cover premature babies’ needs

Date: May 2016
The Halcyon craft and chat group have pulled together to provide relief for premature babies at the Gold Coast University Hospital. The women have made hundreds of beanies, blankets and incubator covers for the vulnerable babies in the hospital’s special-care unit.

Spokeswoman Brenda Whalon said they took on the project after hearing about the challenges faced by premature babies. “The Gold Coast University Hospital is equipped to care for many sick or premature babies who would previously have been sent to Brisbane”, said Brenda.

“This project is a great opportunity for us to get together for a worthy cause and many of the ladies get a lot of satisfaction from contributing to it. The double-sided quilts we sew help keep the babies warm in a quiet, dark space”.

The talented ladies are also knitting and sewing rugs for The Lodge Aged Care facility at Upper Coomera.

Each year, the group takes on a new project and community manager Sue Carroll said it was great to see home owners using their skills to constantly help others in need.
“Year after year, our home owners are very kindly donating their time, effort and materials to these causes,” said Sue.

“This is very much a community effort with group members helping each other with ideas and new projects”.

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Biggest barbie does wonders

Article appeared in the Caloundra Weekly, 12 May 2016.
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On yer bike

Date: May 2016
The intrepid cyclists including Halcyon staff member Tracy Royal, descended on Queenstown before setting out on their 150km journey from Clyde to Middlemarch. The route followed the old Maniototo rail line and culminated with one of the world’s great train trips on the spectacular Taieri Gorge railway into Dunedin.

Along the trail the group took a step back in time to New Zealand’s rural past, cycling through spectacular scenery, sampling first-class produce from road stalls and wineries while creating lasting friendships and memories for life.

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The Big Battlefield Charity Bike Ride

Date: May 2016
Inspirational home owner Laurie Whelan, is one of just nine people nationally shortlisted and subsequently selected to participate in a 580 kilometre charity bike ride traversing the battlefields and cemeteries of the first World War.

The Big Battlefield Bike Ride, taking place in Belgium and France in June, is organised by Mates4Mates, who support current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members who have physical or psychological injuries as a result of their service.

The journey spans from Ypres to Verdun with an expected duration of five days.

Participants were selected from all over Australia and Laurie was the only person selected from the Gold Coast.

“At 68, I am the oldest ever to be invited and also the only Vietnam Veteran they’ve taken from the start, with other participants having served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia,” he said. An active rider, Laurie plans on doing about three 65 kilometre bike rides every week to prepare.

“It’s going to be a big ride but we’ll be stopping every now and then so the guides can tell us stories and provide information about the places we visit”.

Halcyon Joint Managing Director Dr Bevan Geissmann said the company supported its home owners in their many ways of giving back to the community.

“We are proud to sponsor Laurie on his ride. He is a shining example of the attitude we love to see in our home owners, not afraid of a challenge and happy to rise to the occasion for a worthy cause”.

“Halcyon home owners have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past decade through charitable initiatives, from Shave for a Cure to Movember and many things in between.

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The future’s green with Halcyon

Date: May 2016
Bob and Pam Jones will become among the first in Queensland to power their home by battery as the revolutionary Tesla power-saving system sweeps the world. The semi-retired couple are installing the Tesla system in their new home at Vision by Halcyon that ultimately could enable them to live ‘off the grid’.

The innovative battery system stores electricity generated from rooftop Solar Panels during the day so that power can be used during the night. Bob said the Tesla system would more than pay for itself over the next decade.

“As well as the financial spin-off, we’ll be able to significantly reduce our carbon footprint,” he said.

“Being less reliant on the electricity grid means we are insulated from energy price rises and the inconvenience of black-outs”.

The Jones’ two-storey waterfront home features a lift, several entertainment zones and includes two marina berths.

The couple also plan to incorporate a state-of-the-art C-Bus Home Management System that controls everything electronic, from the lights to the air-conditioning, all from their iPad.

Halcyon Joint Managing Director Dr Bevan Geissmann said the Jones’ were representative of a growing number of modern seniors who sought energy efficiency and technological innovations in their homes.
“This is the way of the future and we are currently looking at how we can incorporate Tesla into the final release of homes at Vision by Halcyon and future Halcyon communities”.

Halcyon has championed environmentally sustainable developments in Queensland over 50’s communities, receiving numerous state and national awards for environmental sensitivity by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA). Recently Halcyon Glades followed in the footsteps of sister community Halcyon Landing by becoming just the second seniors community in Australia to receive full six-leaf EnviroDevelopment certification from the UDIA. Certification accredits the project in the areas of ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community.

Chair of the National EnviroDevelopment Board of Management, Matthew Gross said Halcyon had demonstrated ongoing commitment to delivering sustainable features for the benefit of its home owners and the wider community. “Importantly, Halcyon has created a liveable community that delivers a positive contribution to the environment”.

“It is a truly ‘green’ development which acknowledges the importance of achieving sustainability targets that ultimately lead to a reduction in living costs for home owners”.

“The Recreation Club features a unique rammed earth wall for thermal mass, a green wall, smart solar orientation to maximise solar penetration and shade along with electronically operated louvers for passive cooling. The community also has a garden for the use of home owners featuring an orchard, native bees and a communal compost facility, as well as a bio-retention basin filled with native species to efficiently treat stormwater”.

“The homes themselves achieve a BERS rating of eight stars for energy efficient design, exceeding the EnviroDevelopment requirement of seven stars. Most homes also achieve a silver rating in Livable Housing Design Guidelines which promotes ageing in place,” he said.

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Game, set and Pickleball

Date: May 2016
It all began with an overseas phone call from avid Pickleball devotees, Arizona couple Ron and Gayle Groff who were planning a holiday down under and keen to take on some locals in their game of choice. One thing led to another and the couple were put in contact with the Halcyon Glades community and its growing band of fledgling players and Queensland’s (possibly Australia’s) first official Pickleball Tournament was on.

Cheered on from the sidelines by enthusiastic supporters, 20 players competed in the fun tournament that was dubbed ‘America versus the rest of the world’ due to the mix of nationalities playing the mixed doubles event.

Halcyon is at the forefront of the sport in Australia, which is enormously popular with retirees overseas and is the first developer to introduce Pickleball courts in its communities. Judging by the enthusiastic response, the game looks set to grow in popularity amongst Halcyon home owners who love the mix of fun and fitness the small court game provides.

For the record, Ron and Gayle who hail from a community with 18 courts and 1,200 players won the event in a game against Halcyon home owners

Tony Kellerman and Trish Anderson. At the end of the day everyone went home with a prize and a huge smile and already there is talk of the next tournament and perhaps a trip one day to play in the U.S.

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Mayor Tom Tate opens the Lifestyle and Aquatic Precinct

Date: May 2016
It was the moment everyone had been waiting for… With local television news crews and press photographers in attendance, Gold Coast’s recently re-elected Mayor, Tom Tate declared the architecturally inspiring multi-million dollar Lifestyle and Aquatic Precinct at Vision by Halcyon officially open.

The Mayor was joined at the Official Opening ceremony and the unveiling of the plaque by Councillor Cameron Caldwell, home owners and special guests. After mingling with home owners and guests, Mayor Tate said the Leisure Club epitomised the Gold Coast way of life.

“This project is representative of the future of over 50’s living on the Gold Coast. Communities and facilities like these will draw people from all over the country to live here,” Mayor Tate said.

“The Gold Coast is a city famed for its waterways, so it’s great to see that Halcyon has capitalised on this outstanding location to deliver its home owners something very special”.

Halcyon Joint Managing Director Dr Bevan Geissmann said the Leisure Club was key to the Vision by Halcyon Master Plan. “This is a truly world-class facility and is certainly representative of our market’s lifestyle ambitions,” Dr Geissmann said. “Living at Halcyon is about being amongst friends and likeminded people and what better way to encourage those relationships than at a facility such as this”.

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Shave for a cure

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Australia's most awarded over 50's lifestyle communities

Date: Dec 2015
2006 UDIA Qld Winner - Halcyon Parks - Affordable Housing
2007 UDIA National Finalist - Halcyon Parks - Affordable Housing
2007 MBA National Finalist - Halcyon Parks - Lifestyle Housing for Seniors
2008 UDIA Qld Winner - Halcyon Waters - Seniors’ Living
2009 UDIA National Winner - Halcyon Waters - Seniors’ Living
2009 UDIA Qld Winner - Halcyon Waters - Affordable Housing
2009 UDIA Qld Winner - Halcyon Waters - Seniors’ Living
2009 QMBA Gold Coast Winner - Halcyon Waters - Outdoor Living & Landscaping
2009 QMBA Gold Coast Winner - Halcyon Waters - Lifestyle Housing for Seniors
2009 MBA National Winner - Halcyon Waters - Lifestyle Housing for Seniors
2010 UDIA National Finalist - Halcyon Waters - Affordable Development & Seniors’ Living
2013 Living Smart Glossies Award Winner - Halcyon Landing - Affordable Living
2013 Six-leaf EnviroDevelopment certification (UDIA)
2013 UDIA Qld Winner - Halcyon Landing - President’s Award
2013 UDIA Qld Winner - Halcyon Landing - Seniors’ Living
2013 UDIA Qld Winner - Halcyon Landing - Excellence in Environmentally Sustainable Development
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2013 UDIA Qld Winner - Halcyon Landing - Excellence in Environmentally Sustainable Development
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2014 UDIA National Winner - Halcyon Landing - Seniors’ Living

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Building ‘green’ a top priority

Date: Dec 2015
Halcyon was the first developer in Australia to achieve UDIA EnviroDevelopment six-leaf certification for Seniors’ Living.

The same environmentally sensitive approach to building green is on going at Halcyon Glades with a number of eco-friendly and sustainability initiatives.

Halcyon Glades’ Recreation Club; the iconic ‘Long House’, is currently under construction and will feature a monolithic rammed earth wall made from sand, clay, stone and cement.

The environmentally sensitive wall is fireproof, pest-proof, and incredibly solid while providing excellent thermal mass to maintain an even temperature throughout the seasons, helping to save on running costs.

Halcyon Glades further benefits from sustainable design and features as part of the project’s master plan, right down to the alignment of roads and aspect of homes. Built to superior energy rating specifications, the high performance homes incorporate Hebel panels, water efficient fixtures, thermal insulation and light coloured roofing, in an effort to ‘tread lightly’ and save home owners on running costs.

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Fitness, fun and friends

Date: Dec 2015
What started out in 2008 with a humble team of 40 entering the Gold Coast Marathon has snowballed into an annual event attracting more than 200 Halcyon home owners to take part in the Gold and Sunshine Coast Marathons. To keep fit in between races the home owners take on weekly Zumba classes, gym classes lead by a Personal Trainer, aqua aerobics and more.

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What baby boomers really want

Date: Sept 2015
Today’s seniors are abandoning the traditional retirement village and looking for housing options that allow them to downsize their maintenance obligations and upsize their lifestyle, according to a leading property researcher.

A recent study conducted by analyst Paul Broad, ‘Dwelling Preferences for the Over 50’s’, found that modern seniors are increasingly looking for housing options that fit somewhere in between the family home and a retirement village or apartment.

Mr Broad indicated that there was a clear demographic shift to delivering high quality, low-maintenance homes in secure and engaging lifestyle communities.

“Today’s over 50’s are looking for something very different from previous generations,” he said.
“While many in this age group are looking to downsize and de-clutter, they do not want to completely change their way of life”.

Mr Broad believes many in this age group want to free themselves of the duties involved in maintaining a house and yard, but many regard downsizing to an apartment too drastic.

“In many cases there is a strong reluctance to severely reduce internal living areas and to live high off the ground,” he said.

“For many, the shock of a move to an apartment is too daunting, and some median step is highly sought after”.

Mr Broad said it had led to an influx of value-conscious boomers looking for moderately-priced homes in safe, well-run communities in warmer climates.

“They like having walking and bicycle trails and recreation centres, but they also want to be centrally located,” he said.

Focus groups and questionnaires carried out for the report discovered the features most essential to over 50’s included location, a feeling of security, amenities/communal facilities, proximity to public transport and low maintenance.

Leading turnoffs for this demographic were noise, lack of visitor parking, lack of storage space, low quality fixtures and fittings, poor security, and lack of internet connections.

Mr Broad said large internal living spaces were important for baby boomers to accommodate furniture from their family homes.  

“They look for multiple open-plan living spaces and a guest or multi-purpose room for having family and friends stay over,” he said.

“Increasingly baby boomers enter a phase of semi-retirement before full retirement, so a home office or nook is often sought after.

Mr Broad said the retirement village exit fee ‘trap’ had turned over 50’s off the traditional retirement village model.

“Some villages charge deferred management fees or take a cut of capital gains when the owner decides to sell,” he said.

“That is now seen as an old hat and over 50’s are showing preference for a transparent financial arrangement where costs are paid upfront and their capital gain is theirs to keep”.

Halcyon, which does not charge exit fees or take a cut of capital gains, is delivering on the wants and needs of over 50’s at its south east Queensland communities, says Joint Managing Director Bevan Geissmann.

“Moving to a Halcyon community gives over 50’s freedom and independence in an inclusive, gated, low maintenance community,” he said.

“Significant consideration goes into finding the right location to build our communities – we’re working with buyers who have bought and sold property enough times to know exactly what they want”.

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Healthy bones make for a healthy body

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Home owners hit the road!

Date: July 2015
Resplendent in their distinctive blue singlets, the 85-strong Halcyon team joined 27,000 other fitness-focussed folk for the 37th annual Gold Coast Marathon. Halcyon team members competed in various events ranging from the 5.7km walk to the Half Marathon, some having a go for the very first time.

Weeks of preparation and training sessions paid off with many achieving personal best times under clear blue July skies. Home owners have embraced Halcyon’s mantra of promoting health, wellbeing and fun with many having now competed in Gold Coast Marathon events for five consecutive years.

Keeping with tradition, the Halcyon corporate marquee was set up near the finish line so team members could rest weary limbs while rehydrating and refuelling with hamburgers prepared by Caretaker Mark Young and his team of volunteers.

Most team members are already gearing up for their next conquest at the Sunshine Coast Marathon in a few weeks time. These intrepid home owners will join their northern counterparts from Halcyon Parks, Halcyon Landing and Halcyon Glades for the event.

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Town on the rise

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Finding new freedom

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Tour de Halcyon

Date: May 2015
A group of 80 Halcyon home owners converged on Evans Head in a convoy of caravans and recreational vehicles.

As if living next door to each other wasn’t enough, a group of more than 80 Halcyon home owners have just returned from a three week caravanning holiday together. Home owners from Halcyon Waters, who are part of the growing Halcyon Getaway Tours group, converged on the Evans Head camping ground just after the end of peak season.

For the trip, a range of activities were planned including music, storytelling, happy hours, lawn bowls, a golf day at Ballina and a motorcade trip into the nearby Hinterland.
Social club chairman Ian Pedersen said the trip allowed the chance for the group to bond, relax and get to know each other a little better. “These kinds of getaways reinforce the Halcyon mantra, It’s all about fun, socialising and being active,” he said.

“Our previous trips have been a lot of fun and this year was even better. The group is continuing to grow with more joining in each journey – It’s so positive to see such a majority of the community getting involved”.

The holiday makers set up a large communal tent where everyone gathered to play live music. “We hosted daily ‘happy hours’ where we all kicked back and had a drink and a few laughs,” he said.

Halcyon Waters community manager Sue Carroll said travelling home owners enjoyed the ‘lock and leave’ style of security that gated Halcyon communities provide.

“They love to travel so the fact they can do so without worrying about security back at home gives them great peace of mind,” she said. “Often fellow home owners will keep an eye on the house and check the mail while the neighbours are away.

“Home owners also have use of our storage spaces for their camper vans, trailers and boats for when they’re not in use”.

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New beginnings, familiar territory

Date: May 2015
Halcyon is set to continue its presence on the Sunshine Coast with the announcement of a new community at Bli Bli.

To be known as Halcyon Lakeside, the project will take the baton from the highly successful Halcyon Landing community, which sold out in two years to become Halcyon’s fastest selling community. 

Halcyon acquired the 11ha parcel within the masterplanned Parklakes 2 community and plans to start work onsite in July this year.

Set against a bushland backdrop, the site features undulating hills and 450 meters of lake frontage. Like all Halcyon communities, homes will feature superior energy ratings and the community will include an extensive recreational precinct.

Joint Managing Director Dr Bevan Geissmann said the success of Halcyon Landing had given the company confidence to move ahead with its next community in the growing Bli Bli precinct.

“There were people who missed out at Halcyon Landing, particularly in the early stages,” Dr Geissmann said.

“Halcyon Lakeside gives them another opportunity to be part of a Halcyon community in one of Australia’s most desirable locations for retirement.

“This community will offer homes at varying price points – some with lake frontage, some elevated with views, and some of the most affordable homes we have had on the Sunshine Coast in years”.

Dr Geissmann said the Sunshine Coast continued to be one of the country’s most popular destinations for retirees, thanks to its climate, laid-back lifestyle and growing infrastructure.

“The Sunshine Coast rivals the Gold Coast as Australia’s retirement capital which is testament to the lifestyle attributes of both locations,” he said.

“In our experience, Bli Bli is a sweet spot for over 50s – it’s a well-established area just minutes to the beach and Maroochydore CBD, but far enough away for the peace and quiet you want in retirement. 

Bli Bli is experiencing a heightened profile as the geographic centre of the Sunshine Coast.

That appealing quality has been reflected in the success of Halcyon Landing, which we hope to replicate at Lakeside”.

Halcyon Lakeside will take shape in sync with the Parklakes 2 community being developed by Sunshine Coast property identities Robert Flipp and Peter Shadforth, and will feature homes set amongst plentiful green space, parks and a cafe.

Nearby, plans are afoot for an expansion of the local shopping centre, while the new golf course is now operational.

Dr Geissmann said Halcyon Lakeside would offer exciting new house designs and facilities with homes in early stages priced from less than $400,000.

Halcyon Lakeside will be Halcyon’s third community on the Sunshine Coast and its sixth in South East Queensland.

To learn more about this exciting community, please phone 1800 050 050.

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Sunshine Coast couple win ‘Australia’s Best’ cruise!

Date: May 2015
Halcyon Landing home owners Ken and Jill Reade are sporting ear to ear grins after having their name drawn out of the barrel to win Halcyon’s $30,000 ‘Australia Best’ cruise promotion. The Reade’s were entered into the draw after referring friends who went on to purchase a home at Halcyon Landing. Congratulations to the lucky couple who plan to head off on their luxurious trip of a lifetime later this year.

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Breaking the senior stereotype

Date: May 2015
A whopping 40% of home owners living at Vision by Halcyon are breaking senior stereotypes by working beyond the traditional retirement age.

The figure aligns with demographer Bernard Salt’s findings that the number of 63-year-olds in the Queensland workforce jumped from 32% to 48% in the decade to 2011.

His 2014 report, ‘Reimagining the Great Australian Retirement Lifestyle,’ also found growing workforce retention for the broader 58 to 68 year old demographic.

Home owner Elaine Hulme, 68, is a director of an industrial earthmoving equipment company. Mrs Hulme, who has held the position for more than 34 years, believes having strong career goals is the key to a long and happy life.

“My father raised me to understand that work is such an essential part of life,” she said. “I was taught that one should enjoy their work – the social element of it is especially rewarding”.

“I have always loved my job because it interests me, it’s engaging and hands-on”.

Her husband Peter worked in a variety of jobs until he retired at 72, well past the average age of retirement. Mr Hulme said he did not like to sit around, preferring to be a socially active member of society.

“I’ve been a volunteer at Coomera Police Station for a while now – it keeps me engaged in the community,” he said. “Both Elaine and I are very volunteer-minded and we enjoy giving back”.

The Hulmes previously lived at Halcyon Waters for six and a half years and said they would never move away from Halcyon. “The Halcyon concept has appealed to our lifestyle needs since day one,” Mrs Hulme said. “We couldn’t imagine life outside of Halcyon. It’s perfectly aligned with the way we want to live our senior years”.

In his report, Mr Salt said the way Australians viewed life beyond 55 was changing including the type of accommodation seniors wanted.

“We know that the first decade or so beyond 55 involves some sort of work,” he said. “This might be a response to the global financial crisis or it may be a reflection of changes to the nature of work; less physical labour, more intellectual effort”.

Mr Salt’s research indicates a trend towards lifestyle communities like Vision by Halcyon. Nowadays it’s all about having somewhere secure to lock and leave, travel, health, volunteer work and in many cases staying active in the workforce.

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Oarsome Support

Date: May 2015
As part of the company’s commitment to supporting the local community, Halcyon are involved in the emerging Bli Bli Rowing Club.

To commemorate the donation, Halcyon Project Director Chris Carley was invited to Christen a new rowing scull for the club. The scull, aptly named ‘Life begins at Halcyon’, will be used by local children and is set to be a regular sight on the Maroochy River. “We have one community at Bli Bli and another on the horizon, so our aim is to play an active role in the community for a long time,” said Chris. “Who knows we may even see a future Olympian come out of the Bli Bli club one day”.

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Semi-rural Bli Bli is taking off

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Backyard blitz in Bli Bli

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10 years of Halcyon

Date: May 2015
Halcyon is celebrating a decade of operation as Australia’s leading creator and manager of over 50’s communities in 2014, with the milestone marking the most active period in the company’s history.

Created by lawyer Paul Melville and medical practitioner Bevan Geissmann, Halcyon has grown to fill a gap in the market for resort-style communities for today’s over 50’s. What has remained constant is the personalised approach to development and service that comes with being a privately operated company.

Halcyon’s first project, Halcyon Parks, laid the foundation of the company’s model – financial transparency and a focus on quality lifestyle. From there, the development of Halcyon Waters and more recently Halcyon Landing, Halcyon Glades and Vision by Halcyon has seen evolution of both the company’s model and its built product.

Today, three of Halcyon’s five projects are under development and an unwavering commitment to innovation has been the driver of the company’s growth and success, according to joint managing director Bevan Geissmann.

Dr Geissmann said a decade of development had taught Halcyon’s management team about the importance of reading the market and identifying retirement living trends.

“We strive to be a benchmark developer of over 50’s communities and our ability to do that relies on us adapting to what today’s baby boomers want,”

“Throughout our history, our desire to operate outside the box has remained constant.”

With its workbook expanding, Halcyon now employs 45 staff – all of whom share a passionate vision for the company’s current and future projects.

“The greatest lesson we have learnt in ten years of operation is that as a developer, our job goes far beyond building houses – we strive to deliver great service as well,” Dr Geissmann said.

“We’re about more than bricks and mortar, we’re about creating communities and that is a vision that runs through our team and is evident in each of our projects.”

Halcyon’s current projects all include energy efficient home designs, with eight star energy ratings standard across the board. Architectural design, favouring expansive entertaining spaces and low-maintenance living, is a hallmark of modern Halcyon homes.

Extensive recreational facilities across all projects promote quality lifestyles for home owners, allowing them to be as active or as laid back as they wish.

This year, Halcyon will wrap up development of the 170-home Halcyon Landing project while progressing with its two new communities at Caboolture North and Hope Island.

With more than 100 new homes under construction in 2014, the company is in its most active period and geared up for another ten years of growth.

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Feeling positive

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Sellers enjoy big windfalls

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Halcyon Days for this school

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Superior energy ratings slash costs

Date: Nov 2014
Halcyon home owners are reaping the rewards of a superior energy ratings scheme which is shaving hundreds of dollars off their power bills and allowing them to tread a little lighter on the earth.

All new homes at Halcyon come standard with superior energy ratings which incorporate advanced design elements such as thermal insulation, light coloured roofing and steel frame construction.

Some homes also come with 1.5KW PV solar panels, meaning home owners are generating more power than they can use and are drawing a credit for energy they supply back to the grid.

Retired engineer Them Themsen and wife Martina have increased the energy rating of their new home at Halcyon Landing.

“A higher energy rating is designed to make a home more thermally comfortable and ultimately to save on heating and cooling costs,” Mr Themsen said.

“The design of the house will capitalise on the natural heating and cooling methods that result from a careful choice of building materials, improved insulation, window glazing and the natural control of sunlight and airflow.”

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Striving to create Australia’s healthiest communities

Date: Nov 2014
For many people, moving to a Halcyon community means starting a new fitness regime, hobby or joining one of the many special interest groups on offer. Halcyon actively promotes the philosophy of trying new things for the first time, along with improved fitness and new friendships.

From aqua aerobics to Zumba and special health and wellness programmes aimed at weight loss and good living, home owners are eager to take on the challenge.

Fully equipped gymnasiums, personal trainers, swimming pools, tennis courts and shared community spaces are just some of the facilities supplied for physical activity, mental stimulation and interaction.
Joint Managing Director Dr Bevan Geissmann said that there was a direct correlation between health, happiness and longevity. “It’s about getting on with life, having a great time doing it and getting fitter.

As a medical practitioner I know the number one thing to do to keep healthy is to be active which in turn boosts you both mentally and physically.”

“As we all know, the fitter we are, the healthier we are.”

“Most of our home owners now participate in one form of sport or another, and many say that they are more physically active than they have been in years.”

One activity that has proved particularly motivating is the opportunity to compete in the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Marathon events. From humble beginnings and an inspiring idea back in 2008, Halcyon now fields a team of more than 140 in each marathon, making it one of the largest corporate teams to enter. The spirit of camaraderie and sense of accomplishment is clearly evident at the finish line for first timers and those adding another tick off the bucket list.

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Good, better... our very best!

Date: Nov 2014
Have a look at the amazing artists impression of the ‘Paragon’, our record breaking final home ever to be built at Halcyon Waters. We absolutely love it. Without doubt this remarkable one of a kind home is the best ever created at Halcyon and definitely the finest residence ever to be built in an over 50’s lifestyle community anywhere in Australia!

To save you from researching the definition of Paragon, here it is below. We think it not only embodies this stunning new home but our award winning community as well.

Paragon: a model of excellence or perfection of a kind; a peerless example.

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1,000 home owners and counting

Date: July 2014
They gave away the mower, the whipper-snipper, and the hedge trimmer for a new home, new friends, a clubhouse with a gym, pool and a tennis court.

The milestones keep coming in Halcyon’s decade of operations with the 1,000th home owner settling into their new lifestyle and home at Halcyon Landing on the Sunshine Coast. Ross and Leonie Grant, formerly from Buderim are a perfect example of the new wave of baby boomers that have chosen to downsize on maintenance in favour of up-scaling their lifestyle opportunities. Like many others, the Grants didn’t want to compromise on space and the chance to personalise their new home was also essential.

After hearing an advertisement on the radio, Leonie took a tour through Halcyon Landing. Not knowing what to expect, Leonie was instantly impressed. “I couldn’t believe the size of the home, I also liked the feel of the community overall; it was modern, it was new, it was clean,” she said.

Once Ross, a former Australian Army engineer and retired Brigadier visited the community, he agreed and their minds were made up. Ross particularly liked the quality, space, functionality and most importantly, value for money.

Halcyon always strives to fulfil the wants and needs of its home owners and the Grants were more than happy with the entire process from their first meeting, to personalising their home and finally the assimilation process when they moved in. Already making new friends, Ross and Leonie are relishing the quiet and loving what they call ‘the serenity.’ “When we lived in Buderim the neighbourhood demographic was changing and although we had good neighbours, there were more and more rentals and lots of noisy cars,” said Ross.

Ross still works three days a week for a large consultancy firm on defence related projects from his office at home. Before retirement, Leonie worked in Human Resources for a large international stevedoring company and for the Department of Defence and now does volunteer work. Both are keen to downscale their commitments even more so they can enjoy the facilities around them.

Keen on cycling and walking, Leonie and Ross have cancelled their previous gym memberships in favour of using the community gym. As they settle in, Leonie is eager to try new things and join some of the interest groups whilst Ross has his eye on the ‘Men’s shed’, bowls and possibly golf when the new course is completed.

Like other baby boomers, the Grants love travelling and they are soon to embark on a seven day walk through Portugal which is a training walk for a more ambitious 800km ‘Camino Way’ in the future. “We travel often and previously we had to pay to have someone look after the yard and find someone willing to housesit for us. We couldn’t just lock up and go. That’s another thing that attracted us to Halcyon, we can go on holiday and know everything is safe and secure and will be there when we get back,” said Leonie.

The Grants see themselves as trailblazers amongst their friends who are now stopping and thinking about their futures. It seems Halcyon’s reputation precedes the couple when they go out to social functions. When they tell people they have moved into a Halcyon community it’s quite the topic of discussion. “Every body wants to know about it, we get quizzed everywhere we go… What’s it like living there? What’s the house like? And then someone will say, I know another person who lives there and they are also very happy,” said Leonie.

Understanding the requirements and the trends of modern seniors like Ross and Leonie Grant through listening and responding has placed Halcyon at the forefront of the industry. It’s not about building developments; it’s about creating a secure home base in vibrant communities that cultivates fun, freedom,  friendship and financial security.

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Golden Years

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Baby boomers return the good fortune

Date: Nov 2014
The baby boomer generation is often characterised by ambition, hard work and affluence — a product of post-war optimism and opportunity. But in 2014 looms a cultural shift that, according to leading demographer Bernard Salt, will see baby boomers increasingly seeking to return the good fortune that was bestowed upon them through a variety of community and volunteer-based initiatives.

In a recent presentation to Halcyon and some of its corporate partners, Mr Salt offered his take on a re-imagined future for retirees. In his report, ‘Re-imagining the Great Australian Retirement Lifestyle’, Mr Salt suggested the baby boomer phase of the lifecycle was being reshaped to include greater social, family and work engagement.

“It fits with the modern philosophy of having a diversity of activities and interests,” the report states. A standout finding of the report was the suggestion that over the next 10 years, volunteering will become an increasingly prevalent social movement amongst retirees. Halcyon Waters home owner Gina Salier likes to pay it forward to today’s generation. With her Jack Russell Becci, Gina helps children at a local primary school learn to read.

The program, called ‘Story Dogs’, involves primary school children reading to dogs in order to develop their literacy skills and confidence. For the past 12 months Becci has been helping seven to eight year old’s with one-on-one Story Dogs sessions at Labrador State School. The Story Dogs team consists of generous volunteers and their accredited pooches who provide a comfortable and non-intimidating environment to help children develop their reading abilities.

Mrs Salier says there are numerous benefits of the Story Dogs program which extend beyond improving a child’s reading skills. “The best part about the program is that reading becomes fun instead of being a chore, especially for those who may lack confidence,” she said. An important aspect of the volunteer-based reading program is contributions from sponsors who help with the ongoing costs associated with being an accredited Story Dog.

Becci is sponsored by Halcyon and, according to Mrs Salier, the company’s support is vital in covering costs associated with the program, including training, assessment, vet checks, a dog vest, insurance, books and a shirt for the handler. Halcyon aims to foster community integration for its home owners and supports their recreational and charitable pursuits, says Joint Managing Director Dr Bevan Geissmann. “Home owners participate in a range of lifestyle pursuits which dominate their later years in place of full-time work commitments,” he said.

“But contrary to popular belief, it’s not all about cruises and caravans. As well as travel and recreation, there is a real desire amongst home owners to be active within their communities. “Their pursuits involve various charitable and community-based initiatives which we are happy to cultivate and support.”

The ‘Craft and Chat’ group at Halcyon Waters is also pulling together for a great cause — protecting Australian penguins affected by oil spills. Six knitters from the group created 80 penguin-sized jackets and made them available to one of Australia’s most significant fairy penguin populations, Phillip Island in Victoria.

The jackets were sent to the ‘Knits for Nature’ program on the island when the women heard about the potentially fatal impact of oil spillages on small penguins and the protection the jackets offer from ingestion.

The volunteering movement isn’t only confined to the ladies. At Halcyon Parks in Caloundra, the ‘Toy Boys’ is a group of men who get together weekly and make toys for disadvantaged children at Christmas time. Last year they made around 200 toys which they gave to local churches in December. Dr Geissmann said it was great to see home owners using their skills for various charitable and community-based pursuits. “They are very generous in donating their time and effort to numerous worthy causes,” he said.

“Time after time home owners come together to help out where they can — they are not confined to what’s happening within the four walls of their community and are genuine in their desire to give back.” As well as a shift to volunteer-based activities, Mr Salt’s report identified other social trends that would continue to emerge amongst the baby boomer generation in years to come. The report notes modern seniors will embrace spirituality, both traditional religion and new-age thinking. It also highlights a desire to be part of the community, not remote or removed from society, but in the heart of the action.

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Halcyon Landing certified green

Date: Nov 2014
In an age where environmental consciousness reigns supreme, Halcyon has been recognised as the first over 50’s lifestyle community developer in Australia to achieve the coveted EnviroDevelopment certification from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).

Halcyon Landing was awarded with the institute’s highest rating of ‘six-leaf’ certification for all six of the EnviroDevelopment’s required elements - ecosystems, materials, water, waste, energy and community.
UDIA National EnviroDevelopment Chairman Brent Thomas made a special visit to Halcyon Landing to personally present the certification and commented, “Halcyon should be commended for the company’s desire to meet the needs of both the over 50’s market and the natural environment.”

The UDIA has also noted Halcyon’s commitment to ongoing sustainability through the introduction of eight-star energy efficiency ratings on all new homes constructed at Halcyon communities. The modern 8-Star rated homes feature advanced design elements such as solar panels, thermal insulation, light-coloured roofing, gas hot water systems and reticulated rainwater systems. These ‘green’ energy-saving initiatives lead to a cleaner environment and keep money in the back pockets of Halcyon home owners.

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The first 10-Star home

Date: Nov 2014
Fresh from winning awards and accolades for environmental initiatives, Halcyon has introduced a new option for buyers who want to reduce their energy costs even further.

The goal is to make it more affordable for home owners to live. However, the objective was not just to reduce rising utility costs, but also to further the desire of our marketplace to touch the earth more lightly and reduce carbon emissions.

Despite being on track to reduce carbon emissions at Halcyon Landing by up to 350,000 tonnes per annum, producing over 350 megawatts of power*, Halcyon is now set to be the first Retirement Living developer to introduce a 10-Star energy rated efficient home.

Each additional star means home owners will save even more money in the long term and use less energy whilst improving the quality of living throughout the home. An ideal scenario when research indicates that the modern retiree prefers to spend less on the household and more on things like travel.

To achieve the 10 stars, Halcyon will be increasing the level of insulation in the walls, ceilings and the roof, as well as adding more ‘green’ inclusions to reach the pinnacle. Halcyon have embraced the notion that building homes that have minimal impact on the environment not only reduces the cost of living for home owners but leaves a better footprint on which future generations can build.

For more information contact the Sales Centre on 1800 050 050.

* Estimate based on Halcyon Landing’s standard home 8-Star rating. 8-Star energy rated homes will save Halcyon Landing home owners a collective $3 million on their electricity bills over the next 20 years based on estimated annual savings of between $800 and $900 per household.

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Halcyon lifestyle promotes happiness and health

Date: Nov 2014
The happiness arising from the active and engaged lifestyle promoted in over 50’s communities could improve health and add years to a person’s life, according to new research.

A University of Queensland research report has revealed how a positive attitude in later life improves the immune system and helps a person live longer.

The research, published in Psychology and Aging, has found that older people who focus on positive information are more likely to have stronger immune systems.

Lead researcher Dr Elise Kalokerinos, from UQ’s School of Psychology, said a positive attitude played an important role in healthy ageing.

“Despite the fact that people often think of late life as a period of doom and gloom, older people are often more positive than younger people,” she said.

“Our research suggests that this focus on the positive may help older people protect their declining health.

“They may be better able to cope with stressful situations, may take a more positive long-term outlook on life, and may maintain positive social interactions, thus reaping the immune benefits.”

The two-year study followed 50 adults, aged 65-90 years.

For South East Queensland-based over 50’s communities developer Halcyon, the later years of life are about comradeship and community engagement achieved through a wide array of social and leisure activities.

Each Halcyon community has as its centerpiece an expansive leisure club offering a wide array of sporting, social and cultural activities and facilities.

Halcyon joint managing director Dr Bevan Geissmann said Halcyon communities promoted a physically and socially active lifestyle for their home owners.

“Halcyon fosters a strong sense of community, encourages its home owners to be active and puts on social events to promote integration with neighbours,” he said.

“People who live in suburbia miss out on those things which, as well as providing obvious lifestyle benefits, can actually be beneficial to one’s health according to this research.

“At Halcyon our home owners are surrounded by likeminded people and there are plenty of leisure activities to engage and challenge them.”

Halcyon Waters home owner David Lyttle, a former mortgage broker from Sydney, has seen a dramatic improvement in his health and wellbeing since moving to Halcyon three years ago.

Mr Lyttle said he had reduced his medication by two thirds following a significant change in his lifestyle prompted by his move to the community.

“Since moving to Halcyon my health has dramatically improved, simply through becoming more active,” he said.

“When I first moved to Halcyon I started a 12 week fitness program with the in-house personal trainer – I instantly started to notice an improvement in the way I felt.

“Coming from a desk job, my lifestyle was fairly inactive, so the lifestyle changes I have made in semi- retirement have made a real difference to my health and my quality of life.”

Mr Lyttle participates in aqua aerobics, gym, tennis, group exercise classes and the Halcyon walking group when time and work commitments permit.

Dr Geissmann, a medical practitioner, and lawyer Paul Melville developed the Halcyon brand in 2003 when they saw a huge gap in the retirement living market for a product that met the needs and expectations of over 50s.

Halcyon has projects underway at Hope Island on the Gold Coast, Bli Bli on the Sunshine Coast and at Caboolture North.

It has completed communities at Hope Island and Caloundra.

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Halcyon team shows marathon spirit

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Australia’s healthiest communities

Date: Oct 2014
Many home owners have commented that moving into a Halcyon community has resulted in a complete change of lifestyle. For some it has meant a new fitness regime, the pursuit of an old interest or trying something new for the first time. Health, wellbeing, fitness and fun are all part of the Halcyon way and with the tools available in the community, home owners have embraced the notion.

Halcyon is home to many inspirational characters like retired firemen Graham Flack, who has ridden over 45,000km (and that doesn’t include training) raising money for burns victims. It’s this attitude amongst home owners that has seen the Halcyon Marathon team (which started with just 30 members six years ago) become one of the largest to enter the Gold Coast Marathon, fielding a team of more than 140, with a team of 90 entering the Sunshine Coast Marathon a few months later. Initiatives like the ‘Halcyon 12 week challenge’ have also proved life-changing events for home owners like David Little.

Working as a mortgage broker he had been sitting at a desk for 20 years and in his own words, “Hadn’t exercised and my general health had suffered.” On medication to control diabetes and cholesterol, David took part in the challenge that included exercise sessions, cooking classes and goals for increased fitness, health and vitality.

A visit to his GP before and after the challenge saw David lose 3kg and 22cm around the waist and he no longer needs to be on medication to control his diabetes or cholesterol.

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The final curtain call...

Date: Oct 2014
Eagerly awaited and highly anticipated, the final release represents the very last opportunity to purchase a new home at Australia’s best over 50’s lifestyle community. The ‘Grand Finale Release’ is made up of only 18 homes and showcases some of Halcyon’s best, most popular designs. From the functional Ninderry to the spectacular new Grand Peregrine and a unique one-of-a-kind ‘special’ design home, the Release has something for everyone.

All homes in the Release come with an 8-Star energy rating, keeping the home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, whilst using less energy. Unique to the Grand Finale Release, each home has been upgraded from 1.5kW to 2.25kW, an increase of 50% for each home.

Nestled in the South East corner of the gated community, the Release makes the most of views with a pocket park to the west and a leafy forest outlook to the east. Home owners in the Grand Finale Release will also benefit from close proximity to the upgraded River Markets Shopping Centre. Popping out to the shops is just a short, convenient walk from the front door.

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Halcyon Landing, the evolution of a community...

Date: Oct 2014
From the early days Halcyon Landing was always set to be something special. First home owners John and Janet Quaill have seen the dream turn into reality as Halcyon Landing has become a community in the true sense of the word.

Along the way there have been several milestones including a local Sunshine Coast ‘Glossies’ award and being recognised as the first retirement community in Australia to receive the coveted six–leaf EnviroDevelopment certification. In two short years the home owners have supported over 25 charities including the amazing achievement of a top 30 ranking for their efforts in ‘The World’s Greatest Shave’ for the Leukemia Foundation.

Halcyon Landing also scooped the pool at the Queensland UDIA awards for excellence, winning four titles including the President’s award before going on to win Australia’s Best Seniors’ Living 2014.
In the words of Project Director Chris Carley, “It’s not about building a development, it’s about building a community.”

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More than just a chat

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Maggie takes on the world

Date: Nov 2014
After a long 70 year wait, current world number two over 65 waterski champion, Maggie Storey was selected to represent Australia at the over 35’s World Waterski Championships held in Florida recently.

Maggie achieved her lifelong dream after taking out gold at the Australian National titles in Easter despite niggling hip and ankle injuries after a heavy spill on the water!

A home owner at Halcyon Waters for seven years, Maggie truly is a role model for older Australians who choose to remain active and focus on a hobby to stay healthy, fit and enjoy life to the fullest. The funny thing is, Maggie’s also an inspiration to many up and coming waterskiers, often competing against and beating athletes more than half her age!

The 2014 Over 35’s World Championship titles were blessed with perfect conditions for the five days of competition and Maggie performed at the highest level, placing second overall in the slalom event. Ultimately the Australian team finished a credible sixth out of the 29 countries that competed.

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Halcyon crowned Australia's Best

Date: July 2014
Halcyon has been recognised for its achievements after Halcyon Landing won the title of Australia’s Best Seniors’ Living at the 2014 UDIA National Awards for Excellence.

The highly contested award recognises the efforts of retirement community developers in enhancing the lifestyles of their home owners through innovation in design and management.

The National UDIA Award follows last year’s multiple state wins for Seniors’ Living and environmental initiatives along with the coveted President’s Award. 

Halcyon Joint Managing Director, Bevan Geissmann said he and the entire team were thrilled to secure the accolade and be recognised among a stable of high calibre projects from across the country.

“From the outset our aim has been to build communities rather than just houses and receiving this award at a national level is evidence of the fact we have reached our goal in that regard,” Dr Geissmann said.

“We are dedicated to providing home owners with well-rounded lifestyles and are genuine in looking out for their best interests when it comes to cost of living, health and minimising their carbon footprint."
“It shows we have found the right formula and are ticking all the right boxes for the modern senior.”
UDIA Judges were highly impressed with Halcyon Landing citing the exceptional quality of the housing and the inclusion of two-storey houses (with lifts) to address a significant site-level change. Judges also noted the strong environmental performance of the housing, which has delivered significant ongoing cost savings to home owners.

Dr Geissmann said Halcyon Landing’s facilities, paired with its affordability were the major factors that helped secure the Seniors’ Living award.

“Each Halcyon Landing home has an 8-star energy rating which has proven to be a money saver for many of our home owners – in a number of cases they have even managed to generate an income in unused energy credits.”

“We’ve also provided a transparent financial model which allows home owners to have a clear understanding of where their money is going and save on unnecessary exit fees, stamp duty or body corporate."

“This has enabled us to stand apart from our competitors and helped us to take home the Seniors’ Living award.”

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A perfect day on the green...

Date: Aug 2014
Perfect weather conditions and blue skies greeted 80 home owners who turned up ready for a fun roll on the grass at the community green! The group included a mix of experienced bowlers and total beginners under the watchful eye of local bowls shop owner and coach, Paul Henricks. After some helpful tips, the 25 beginners teamed up with the experienced bowlers and the fun began. The coach was more than impressed with how quickly most beginners took to the game with some showing a natural talent for bowls. Of the 25 who tried the game for the first time, 17 are now being mentored and coached by experienced bowls coaches within the community. The day ended with a BBQ and a special prize draw of bowls associated gift packs.

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Health and wellbeing the Halcyon way

Date: July 2014
Helping make up the 140-strong team, home owners from both Halcyon Landing and Halcyon Parks joined their southern compatriots from Halcyon Waters to be part of the recent Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Mixing health and wellbeing with fun times is all the rage at Halcyon communities, so it’s not surprising that the team of eager baby boomers is now one of the largest corporate teams to compete in the event.

After weeks of training with early morning walks and visits to the community’s gym, team members were all prepared and raring to go. Resplendent in their distinctive royal blue ‘Life begins at Halcyon’ running shirts, they joined 27,638 other participants in the world-renowned event.

The Halcyon team included 37 debutants competing in their first event. At the finish line weary limbs were soon forgotten in the corporate marquee with fresh fruit, cold water and hamburgers. Whether it was a personal challenge, having fun with friends or trying something new for the very first time, everyone agreed that competing in the event was a thoroughly rewarding experience.

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1,000 home owners and counting

They gave away the mower, the whipper-snipper, and the hedge trimmer for a new home, new friends, a clubhouse with a gym, pool and a tennis court.

The milestones keep coming in Halcyon’s decade of operations with the 1,000th home owner settling into their new lifestyle and home at Halcyon Landing on the Sunshine Coast. Ross and Leonie Grant, formerly from Buderim are a perfect example of the new wave of baby boomers that have chosen to downsize on maintenance in favour of up-scaling their lifestyle opportunities. Like many others, the Grants didn’t want to compromise on space and the chance to personalise their new home was also essential.

After hearing an advertisement on the radio, Leonie took a tour through Halcyon Landing. Not knowing what to expect, Leonie was instantly impressed. “I couldn’t believe the size of the home, I also liked the feel of the community overall; it was modern, it was new, it was clean,” she said.

Once Ross, a former Australian Army engineer and retired Brigadier visited the community, he agreed and their minds were made up. Ross particularly liked the quality, space, functionality and most importantly, value for money.

Halcyon always strives to fulfil the wants and needs of its home owners and the Grants were more than happy with the entire process from their first meeting, to personalising their home and finally the assimilation process when they moved in. Already making new friends, Ross and Leonie are relishing the quiet and loving what they call ‘the serenity.’ “When we lived in Buderim the neighbourhood demographic was changing and although we had good neighbours, there were more and more rentals and lots of noisy cars,” said Ross.

Ross still works three days a week for a large consultancy firm on defence related projects from his office at home. Before retirement, Leonie worked in Human Resources for a large international stevedoring company and for the Department of Defence and now does volunteer work. Both are keen to downscale their commitments even more so they can enjoy the facilities around them.

Keen on cycling and walking, Leonie and Ross have cancelled their previous gym memberships in favour of using the community gym. As they settle in, Leonie is eager to try new things and join some of the interest groups whilst Ross has his eye on the ‘Men’s shed’, bowls and possibly golf when the new course is completed.

Like other baby boomers, the Grants love travelling and they are soon to embark on a seven day walk through Portugal which is a training walk for a more ambitious 800km ‘Camino Way’ in the future. “We travel often and previously we had to pay to have someone look after the yard and find someone willing to housesit for us. We couldn’t just lock up and go. That’s another thing that attracted us to Halcyon, we can go on holiday and know everything is safe and secure and will be there when we get back,” said Leonie.

The Grants see themselves as trailblazers amongst their friends who are now stopping and thinking about their futures. It seems Halcyon’s reputation precedes the couple when they go out to social functions. When they tell people they have moved into a Halcyon community it’s quite the topic of discussion. “Every body wants to know about it, we get quizzed everywhere we go… What’s it like living there? What’s the house like? And then someone will say, I know another person who lives there and they are also very happy,” said Leonie.

Understanding the requirements and the trends of modern seniors like Ross and Leonie Grant through listening and responding has placed Halcyon at the forefront of the industry. It’s not about building developments; it’s about creating a secure home base in vibrant communities that cultivates fun, freedom,  friendship and financial security.

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Halcyon shavers raise $25,195

Date: May 2014
They sheared, shaved, coloured and cropped their hair and in doing so more than 80 intrepid Halcyon Landing home owners helped raise in excess of $25,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Halcyon Landing Community Manager Donna Osborne, who also braved the clippers, said she was proud of the home owners and their exceptional fundraising efforts. “I was astounded by the generosity of the community and to see everyone come together for such a wonderful cause. It was a real team effort and the home owners deserve all the accolades.”

“We were amongst the top ten fundraising groups in Queensland and had one of the largest teams registered for The World’s Greatest Shave which speaks volumes about the powerful community spirit that exists here at Halcyon Landing,”

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Time to ‘re-imagine’ your future

Date: Aug 2014
Retirement communities in South East Queensland will increasingly be designed to allow a new generation of retirees to free up their life savings for their golden years, according to one of Australia’s leading demographers, Bernard Salt.

In his report “Re-imagining the Great Australian Retirement Lifestyle”, Mr Salt states that the baby boomer generation of active and engaged retirees will choose to downsize their properties to achieve their lifestyle ambitions.

“The problem for boomers is that much of their wealth is tied up in the family home,” he said.

“And their super pool is insufficient to provide for retirement pursuits such as travel and assisting their 30-something kids into the housing market.”

“One possible solution is to downshift: sell a suburban house, in say Mt Gravatt, and buy a cheaper property in a treechange or seachange location, and use the difference in value to top-up super or assist children.

“The property solution is to find a cheaper accommodation model within 50km of the traditional family home that offers access to a resort-type lifestyle at a price point that frees up equity.”

“In Queensland the manufactured home model typically addresses precisely this segment of the market.

“It pitches to the broad base of middle Australia where the suburban property might be valued at $800,000 and the manufactured home positioned in a resort environment might be valued at say $500,000, thereby freeing up $300,000 for other purposes.”

Mr Salt said the resort-style over 50’s community model met the lifestyle and financial needs of active and aspirational retirees.

“It frees up capital, offers lock and leave security for travelling retirees, a social environment which is especially important to older women, and access to a range of sporting and leisure interest-based activities.”

Over 50’s lifestyle community developer Halcyon was one of the first to act on this shift in retirement living in South East Queensland, where it recently launched its fifth project, Halcyon Glades at Caboolture North.

Halcyon Joint Managing Director Bevan Geissmann said Halcyon communities responded to baby boomers’ desires to downsize their financial commitments whilst upsizing their lifestyles.

“Our communities are tailored to maximise lifestyle while offering no exit fees and the opportunity to secure solid capital gains,” he said.

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Home owners celebrate in style

Date: Apr 2014
More than 180 home owners dressed to the nines recently and graced the red carpet at a black tie event to celebrate Halcyon Landing winning the 2014 National UDIA award for Seniors’ Living. The Recreation Club was specially decorated and transformed for the gala evening that included live music and a delicious three course sit down meal.

Nine special awards were presented to home owners to commemorate the night including Environmental, Fitness and Green Thumb awards. Much to the delight of the ladies, a ‘hunk’ was on hand to escort them down the red carpet.

The Queensland representative from The Leukaemia Foundation was also invited along to accept the cheque from the recent ‘Greatest Shave’ event. A total of $25,195 was raised by home owners and Halcyon, placing Halcyon Landing in the top 10 fundraiser in Queensland and the most funds raised for an over 50’s retirement community in the country.

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What if... you could retire like this

Halcyon’s new high flying corporate television commercial has set tongues wagging after making its debut recently on Brisbane and Sunshine Coast television. So far the feedback has been extremely positive with one existing Halcyon home owner even commenting, “Every time I see the ad I want to buy here all over again!”

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Halcyon’s awesome foursome!

Date: Nov 2013
At the recent prestigious UDIA (Qld) Awards for Excellence ceremony Halcyon was fortunate enough to scoop the pool as the night’s most awarded developer.

Halcyon won awards in categories for Seniors’ Living, Excellence in Environmentally Sustainable Development - Built Form, Excellence in Environmentally Sustainable Development - Land Based, and to top off a great night was also awarded the President’s Award, ‘The most deserving winner from all award categories, that best exemplifies innovation and excellence within the property development industry’.

Halcyon’s pursuit of environmental sustainability in the delivery of lifestyle communities for over 50s has seen Halcyon Landing become “Queensland’s standout development of the year” according to UDIA (Qld) president Neil O’Connor.

Mr O’Connor said Halcyon Landing was an excellent example of creative, innovative and flexible development that provided real, long-term housing solutions for Australia’s ageing population.
“Halcyon’s high quality, low maintenance homes are an excellent response to the market’s needs.
“Halcyon’s ability to translate the needs of baby boomers into a lifestyle-orientated community that is underpinned by proven green practices impressed the judges this year and makes Halcyon Landing a very worthy winner.”

Halcyon joint managing director Bevan Geissmann said the awards were both gratifying and humbling, and were a great endorsement of the company’s commitment to innovation.

“It’s about adding value for home owners and meeting their high expectations of a retirement lifestyle.
In recognition of its commitment to innovation, Halcyon Landing became the first retirement community in Australia to receive six-leaf EnviroDevelopment certification from the UDIA this year.

The project was also recognised for affordability earlier in the year after taking home the Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s Living Smart ‘Glossies’ award for affordable living.

The recent wins have reaffirmed Halcyon’s reputation as Australia’s most awarded over 50’s lifestyle developer having four times won UDIA Queensland and National awards along with State and National MBA (Master Builders Association) awards for Halcyon Waters and Halcyon Parks.

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The Rec Club is…. OPEN

Date: Nov 2013
We’ve reached another milestone in our evolution with our brand new multi-million dollar Recreation Club now fully completed and open for the business of fun, fitness and friendly get-togethers. The modern Rec Club is literally full of resort facilities including a games room, cinema, lovely green outlook and much more. Complimenting the Rec Club is our heated 25m lap pool, tennis court and bowling and putting greens. Our home owners are delighted and are already making good use of their exclusive club house.

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Halcyon Waters on A Current Affair

Halcyon Joint Managing Director talks capital gains with ACA Reporter Howard Gibbs.

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The Green Team

Date: Oct 2013
Halcyon Landing’s very own eco warriors consist of around 25 home owners with a penchant for organic growth and preserving the environment. Known around these parts as the ‘Green Team’, the experienced gardeners are hoping to go predominantly organic and want to achieve this by growing from seeds. The new edible garden that will include all manner of herbs, vegetables, citrus trees and even an olive tree is being prepared in the grounds of the Recreation Precinct near the pool.

The Green Team will be planting by the moon phases for optimal growth and three different shifts will tend to the garden in groups. Home owners are also always welcome to weed and tend at any other time. To fertilise the garden, the team are managing three compost bins that the community contributes all their kitchen waste to. Future plans for the team who meet up weekly include the addition of worm farms. Originally the desire for an organic inspired garden and citrus trees was identified in focus groups undertaken by Halcyon in 2011.

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Spring Family Fun!

Date: Oct 2013
Home owners, friends, family and a host of excited grandchildren were all part of the 350 strong crowd that turned out for our first Picnic on the Lawn Spring Festival. Colourful umbrellas dotted the lawn and guests enjoyed the beautiful spring weather at the fun, family focussed event that was held in the surrounds of the new Recreation Club and Leisure Precinct.

Live music set the mood while partygoers made the most of the sausage sizzle, lolly buffet, coffee and ice cream! Grandchildren were kept entertained on the day with face painting, a jumping castle, a special visit by Ned Knucklehead the clown and the irresistible lure of the pool.

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Daryl and Jenny uncover a gem

Date: Oct 2013
A modern new home in Bli Bli seems a long way from where they met as high school sweethearts in Emerald some 44 years ago, but Daryl and Jenny Brett are certain they have uncovered a real gem, purchasing one of the few remaining Boat Houses at Halcyon Landing.

The well-travelled couple had been living on acreage in the home they built near Mt Ninderry at Maroochydore for the past decade. Both were quite content with their lot and had never really considered the option of living in a retirement lifestyle community as part of their future plans. That was until Jenny popped in to visit friends who had just moved into the new Bli Bli community.

“I thought it was fantastic so I went back to take a proper look around at the Open Day,” said Jenny. So impressed was Jenny with the whole set up that Daryl thought he too should go and have a look. This time it was his turn to attend the next Open Day.

“You got the feel of the place right from the start, it looked amazing from out on the verandah. Normally it takes me quite some time to warm to things, but I was wrapped from day one,” he said. “The atmosphere, the friendly vibe from the home owners and the Halcyon staff, it’s just got a good feel... It wasn’t a hard sell, it sold itself to us.”

With Daryl retired from his career in mining and Jenny just one year shy of retiring from her career in the same industry, it wasn’t just all about a good vibe. Halcyon Landing scored highly in a few other categories that Daryl explained for us.

1. Security: With Jenny’s retirement looming, travel is high on the list and they like the fact that you can ‘lock and go’ knowing that someone is keeping an eye on things at home.
2. Location: Both Jenny and Daryl love the Sunshine Coast and had holidayed between Caloundra and Noosa for 20 years before they moved here in 2001. Bli Bli’s central location was a major drawcard along with the fact that Jenny can be closer to her father who lives at Twin Waters.
3. Golf: Members of the Horton Park Golf Club, Jenny (an A-grade tournament player) and Daryl eagerly await their first game at the new Maroochy River Golf Club and love that they will be living just minutes away.
4. Quality: Not just the standard of the 8-Star energy efficient homes but the management of the community, the Recreation Club and facilities like the pool, tennis court and bowls. To the Bretts this represented a good deal and great value for money.

Jenny and Daryl are excited about the future and looking forward to the day they move into their high set ‘Yaroomba’ Boat House.

“We both liked the open plan design, and the extra storage space. Downstairs there is heaps of room, I was even thinking of having a den with a TV and some bar stools,” laughed Daryl. The future proofed home also comes with a lift, something that appealed to Jenny. “It will be handy for when we have Dad over plus we won’t have to carry the groceries upstairs,” she said.

When they aren’t travelling they plan to use the facilities at their fingertips. Tennis, the gym and maybe some lawn bowls are on the agenda along with lots of games of golf thrown in for good measure across the river. For the Bretts it will be a big change of lifestyle, but it is a decision that they know is right for them. After all they have experienced with mining living and rural living, the Bretts want to live close to the seaside, closer to family and travel without a care.

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Team building… The secret sauce

Date: Aug 2013
If you have ever wanted to know how the Halcyon team has fun then here’s a clue. It involves sharp knives and the serious beating... of eggs! When it comes to team building days you could say we were ‘cooking with gas’ at our latest communication day that was based around a Masterchef theme. The fun day involved three teams of ten each with designated roles, a BBQ and a brief from the head chef to create finger food, tapas style. As you can imagine the day had some genuinely hilarious moments in amongst the tasty delights that were dished out during the bonding session.

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Our new Rec Club is officially open!

Date: Aug 2013
Halcyon Landing’s lavish multi-million dollar Recreation Club and Leisure Precinct has been officially opened by the Minister for Housing and Public Works, Tim Mander.

The Minister was joined by Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, Halcyon Joint Managing Directors, Paul Melville and Bevan Geissmann and Project Director Chris Carley at the ribbon cutting ceremony in front of 150 home owners.

Mr Mander commended Halcyon for its delivery of the state-of-the-art facility, noting the developer’s efforts in meeting the housing needs of modern seniors.

He said he was “blown away” by the project when he first visited the site six months ago.

“What makes a place like this successful is the sense of community,” Mr Mander said.

With the formalities over it was time for the home owners to celebrate at the ‘Sunset after party’, enjoying cocktails with new friends as the sun went down.

The party kicked on well into the evening underneath a beautiful full moon and it wasn’t long before the dance floor was packed with revellers.

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New Supa IGA, Supa convenient

Date: Aug 2013
Home owners love the convenience of the new Supa IGA! Open seven days a week from 6:00am – 9:00pm, it offers a full line supermarket, fresh food departments, onsite butcher, bakery and even a Leonard’s Express. Plus the huge deli is fast becoming a favourite with shoppers. The $6 million River Markets Shopping Centre redevelopment includes new, larger shops, the award winning Bli Bli Butchery, Sushi Train, Subway and restaurants along with more medical and retail outlets and parking for 154 vehicles.

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$7.58 million in capital gains... and counting

Date: July 2013
Over the past six years, the sale of established Halcyon homes has given home owners nearly seven million reasons to celebrate! Home owners who have moved on from Halcyon Parks or Halcyon Waters since 2006 have amassed a total of $7.58 million in capital gains for themselves… tax free and exit fee free!

Joint Managing Director Bevan Geissmann said, “The purchase price is often seen as the benchmark of affordability, but we strongly believe affordability is not only about the purchase price. In many ways and perhaps most importantly, it’s about the sale price if and when you choose to move on. Home owners that have sold received an average weekly capital gain of $549 per week during a financial downturn, I think the numbers speak for themselves”.

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First award for Halcyon Landing

Mimicking the efforts of established communities at Hope Island and Caloundra, Halcyon Landing has now officially joined its award winning sister communities by winning a 2013 Living Smart Glossies Award for Affordable Living. The award is in recognition of the low energy use of Halcyon’s 8-Star energy efficient homes at Bli Bli and their significant reduction in the cost of living for home owners. Named after a treasured Sunshine Coast local – the Glossy Black Cockatoo, the Awards are an initiative of the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Shire Councils. The aim is to recognise ideas and developments that lead to sustainable development and affordable living. Next up it’s the prestigious national UDIA (Urban Development Institute of Australia) Awards for excellence where Halcyon Landing is already a finalist, joining Halcyon Waters and Halcyon Parks, both previous winners!

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‘Shavers’ raise $14,000 for charity

Date: July 2013
Inspired by popular Community Manager Donna Osborne, 22 brave home recently owners took part in The World’s Greatest Shave, helping to raise $14,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation. As you can see in the photo most of the hair has grown back and all were in attendance for the cheque handover.

All up, the home owners shaved to raise $8,000 for the charity, with Halcyon’s contribution of $6,000 taking the total to $14,000. As a reward, each of the participants were presented with a special ‘Life begins at Halcyon’ cruiser bike for their gallant fund raising efforts. A big thanks to all who participated in the fund raiser.

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Christmas in July

Date: July 2013
You can tell by the broad smiles all around that the 100 plus home owners were delighted to attend their first official themed event celebrating Christmas in July in the luxurious surrounds of the new Recreation Club. Party goers enjoyed a sumptuous buffet Christmas dinner and drinks then hit the dance floor with a vengeance! Fond memories will always be held for the original get-together venue (the garage under the Sales Centre), but it was time to move on to bigger and better things!

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“As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the home for us”

Date: June 2013
With two properties on the go, one on acreage at Beerwah and another a highrise apartment at Golden Beach earmarked for their retirement, local couple Tom and Margaret Turner suddenly had a change of heart.

“We soon realised that although the apartment was amazing with loads of space, east and west facing balconies and fantastic views, it wasn’t really where we wanted to live,” said Tom.
The Turners were looking for something more… a community to engage with, not one where you entered a lift then disappeared into your apartment and left the same way. Tom’s love of practicality and the simple fact that Margaret would have felt like a “caged creature” in the confines of apartment living had forced their hand.

Where to now? As business owners and partners in their own export business, the Turners were quite familiar with conducting extensive online research and so began a long process researching over 50’s lifestyle developments from the Gold Coast to Noosa.

Their first visit to a Halcyon community was to Halcyon Parks at Caloundra after an online discovery. As fate would have it, the Turners turned up on the same day that new sister community Halcyon Landing was first being launched in a focus group. Asked if they wanted to attend, the couple were curious however they opted to receive an information pack instead.

“We then went to all the focus groups, Open Days at Halcyon Waters on the Gold Coast and various other events before we got serious. They probably thought we were never going to buy,” laughed Margaret.
The launch of Stage 2 coincided with the release of larger homes, something that appealed to Tom and Margaret who wanted something bigger. One home style in particular, the Yaroomba Boat House had caught their eye.

“As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the home for us. All the extra space underneath, the breezeway, the ‘Juliette’ balcony, lift and high ceilings were all part of the attraction, so we signed up immediately,” said Tom.

The lift that was such a big negative in the apartment is now a major positive and they like the fact that their home is future proofed. With record sales in subsequent releases the Turners admit they are glad that they finally grabbed a slice of Halcyon Landing while they did and are eagerly looking forward to their new lifestyle when they move in.

When they do move in they have plans (lots of plans) to take advantage of the new lifestyle opportunities just waiting for them. Living in a Halcyon community means freedom, so travel is high up on that list as is the possibility of a new motorhome.

Tom’s eyes literally light up at the mention of The Shed and he can’t wait to get his hands dirty. He is also an avid cyclist on his trusty electric and is keen to join other enthusiasts from within the community on rides. Although she curiously admits that she will miss maintaining the Beerwah property on the tractor, Margaret is also excited about the opportunities that await her.

“I enjoy walking so I’ll join up with the walking group and I’m looking forward to some of the silly little things, like recycling the vegie scraps in the compost bins and the planned worm farm,” said Margaret.
Some of the toys that the Turners plan to take with them when they move include their small motorboat and a tandem kayak, perfect for a couple who will be living so close to the Maroochy River. Tom also has a vintage plywood rowing boat from the 1950’s that needs a bit of work which may finally see some restoration. And so… life begins at Halcyon.

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Halcyon Landing scores its first century!

Date: June 2013
There was great cause for celebration last week when we reached our first ‘century’ here at Halcyon Landing welcoming our 100th home owners, Peter and Jill Corish into our thriving new Halcyon community at Bli Bli.

Originally hailing from Mornington in Victoria, the keen caravaners are looking forward to their new lifestyle, particularly the switch from the cold to the warmth of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

When the Corishs arrived they weren’t quite expecting the welcome we had in store for them, with almost the entire community turning out to toast their arrival. Happy Hour turned into a Happy Day when Peter and Jill were whisked away on a Harley trike for an unforgettable ride through the Hinterland to see the sights!

To also thank the 99 home owners who came before the Corishs, we made sure that anyone who wanted to go for a spin on the trike could do so. Here’s a couple of comments received after they got back from the exciting ride.

“I’ve never been on a Harley chopper before… but now I can tick the box.”

“My kids won’t believe I did this. I had such a great time… I can’t wait to send them the pictures.”

It’s amazing that just a short time ago, what was a masterplan is now a thriving community of 100 home owners and counting.

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Broadwater views for kangaroos

Date: June 2013
Ed and Irene Lohrer have traded 24th storey Broadwater views for kangaroos and local wildlife and say that they have never been happier. The charming couple who spent eight years living the high-rise life in Southport, are excited about their new lifestyle choice and have embraced life at Halcyon Waters on the Gold Coast’s North Shore.

“We absolutely love living here. What we had before was wonderful but we haven’t missed it at all and we’ve never looked back,” said Irene.

“The people are just so genuinely friendly that it’s infectious, it’s like everyone here is on happy pills… it’s a place you want to be part of,” she laughed.

“Even if you haven’t met someone yet, everyone waves to you as they go about their day, on their way to the Leisure Club or wherever. It’s just a really nice feeling.”

The Lohrers probably should not have been surprised then, when more than 60 new Halcyon neighbours and friends turned up to a street party to welcome them into the fold, something that had a powerful impact on the couple.

“The people here are phenomenal and all have similar values. We’ve never met as many new friends as we have since we moved here,” said Ed.

Curiously or perhaps it was just fate, the Lohrers had actually been to Halcyon Waters many times before whilst they lived in Southport. They had visited friends who already lived there and even attended a few Open Days and social events.

Although they liked what they saw, the thought of moving to Halcyon Waters or any other lifestyle community never even crossed their minds at the time.

It wasn’t until they returned from a relaxing extended holiday to see Ed’s family while touring America in a fifth wheeler that everything changed.

“We had just arrived back from a holiday and couldn’t settle in to life in the high-rise after enjoying the wide-open spaces and peace of Wyoming,” said Irene. “We hated the road works, the hustle and bustle and the body corporate hassles so we thought it was time for a change,” she said.

Suddenly Halcyon Waters was in the crosshairs and a visit to another lifestyle community soon confirmed everything. “Halcyon Waters was just better. Better homes and more space, you immediately got the feeling that you could live there,” said Ed.

“It’s self evident as you drive in, everything is neat and tidy and there’s pride in the maintenance of the homes and communal areas,” he added.

Now retired, Ed is a former Drilling Fluid Engineer who helped set up drilling programmes in the Bass Strait amongst other things. A lover of the outdoors, Ed is passionate about gold mining and the science of refining the process of recovery of the precious metal.

Now that they have settled in it’s not just the new friendships but also the little things they notice that make all the difference.

“I missed having a garden and Ed is so happy that he has his Man Cave… he’s always tinkering away with something now, working on various projects. All he had before was this little cage down in the basement, so the double car garage is a definite upgrade,” said Irene.

A former Melbourne girl, Irene splits her time working as a volunteer at St Vincent DePaul (where she has worked for eight years) and enjoys visits to the exclusive Leisure Club to catch up with friends and Halcyon’s Personal Trainer Kyleigh Hurle for regular workouts.

So it really seems that the Lohrers have struck gold by securing one of the last new homes at Australia’s most awarded lifestyle community, carving out a new exciting lifestyle that suits the both of them down to the ground!

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Modern retirement living, the choice is yours

Date: June 2013
Another prime example of how Halcyon over 50’s lifestyle communities differ from the traditional retirement village model is the choice of freestanding architect designed homes available for sale.

Located in South-East Queensland on the Gold Coast, at Caboolture and on the Sunshine Coast, Halcyon communities feature more than 85 individual home styles with new designs constantly being developed.

Awarded for Affordability, Seniors’ Living and Environmental Sustainability, Halcyon’s contemporary homes have evolved to be at the pinnacle of innovation, design, and quality features.

Through the highest standard of design principles and innovation, along with market awareness and responsiveness, Halcyon is pioneering the new world of seniors/retirement community living.

Australia’s baby boomers are the most educated, wealthiest and healthiest group of retirees the country has ever had and their expectations have created a new standard in living.

Halcyon has responded by evolving retirement living home design to a point where it’s at the very cutting edge of over 50’s community living choices, providing the best range of exclusive designer homes in this burgeoning niche market.

Recognised as the first retirement community developer to introduce 8-Star energy efficiency rated homes, Halcyon has won awards and accolades for its environmental initiatives. Halcyon homes that carry the 8-Star rating feature advanced design elements including solar panels, thermal insulation, light-coloured roofing, gas hot water systems and reticulated rainwater systems. These ‘green’ energy-saving initiatives lead to a cleaner environment and keep money in the back pockets of home owners.

In 2014 Halcyon is once again the first over 50’s community living developer to introduce 10-Star energy efficiency rated homes. Available as an option to new Halcyon home buyers, the new 10-star rated homes include specialised window treatments, additional solar panels, thicker insulation bats to walls and ceiling and additional ceiling fans as part of the upgraded inclusions.

Each star means home owners will save even more money in the long term and use less energy while improving the quality of living throughout the home. An ideal scenario when research indicates that the modern retiree prefers to spend less on the household and more on things like travel.

To find out more, drop in to a Halcyon over 50’s lifestyle community located close to Brisbane in south-east Queensland on the Gold Coast, at Caboolture and on the Sunshine Coast.

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New lifestyle surpasses expectations

Date: Feb 2013
Lifestyle, security, quality and expectations! These are the four words that retired Quality Assurance Consultant Graham Bezant and wife Di considered when weighing up the decision to purchase their new Lifestyle Series home at Halcyon Waters.

Life in their large four level, five bedroom home at Carrara was becoming a maintenance nightmare and there was just too many stairs. A solution had to be found but there was one problem, what to do next. Before, they had always had a plan about their next move, but this time they were unsure of what to do.

Originally from Perth, the globetrotting couple had enjoyed living back and forth between Canada and Perth for more than two decades. Back then, Graham worked as a Graphics Editor for newspapers like the Toronto Star, The Western Mail and The Independent. Di meanwhile had a rewarding career in nursing and even worked at the acclaimed Toronto Children’s Hospital.

The Bezants finally settled on the Gold Coast in 1991 having fallen in love with the region on a previous visit. By now Graham had changed careers, earned his degree in Quality Assurance and started his own company, while Di worked as a Hostel Supervisor at the Earle Haven aged care facility.

Fast forward a decade and the question was what do they do next? Accustomed to writing highly detailed procedure manuals and books on strategic quality management, Graham, assisted by Di, had to draw on all his expert knowledge to find the ideal solution for this most important of all their moves.

“We researched every retirement community from the Sunshine Coast to the Tweed and in between,” said Graham.

“We also checked out what Perth had to offer. From the most basic of options to upmarket million dollar apartments in gated lifestyle communities… at one stage we even considered a condo in Florida because we used to holiday there!”

As part of the downsize, they also looked at townhouses and gated communities on the Gold Coast that had a community feel and facilities that appealed to them. The thought of rentals however coming and going wasn’t so appealing.

A visit to Halcyon Waters then changed it all, everything else that they had seen seemed to be lacking in one or more areas, but Halcyon was ticking all the boxes. Suddenly the process was becoming simplified for the Bezants.

“First impressions are important and we loved what we saw, this was premium quality and the best we had seen,” said Graham.

Multiple visits back and forth followed before the lengthy process of elimination was complete, culminating with the purchase of their new home at Halcyon Waters.

“Both Di and myself were initially expecting a little cultural shock having moved into a lifestyle community, but we haven’t had it, the transition has been seamless… it was like it was meant to be,” said Graham.

“We expected to maybe take a year to assimilate into our new lifestyle but within months we feel we’re part of the community and we have half a dozen new close friends already.”

“There is lots of affection in this community, people truly care for one another here, it’s not as though you’re shut in a room all day.”

“We feel we made the right decision at the right time for the right place, we use the facilities, there’s loads of space to walk the dogs and we also enjoy aqua aerobics and sessions with Halcyon’s personal trainer Kyleigh,” he added.

As Graham knows full well, quality assurance is all about meeting customer expectations and after living at Halcyon Waters for three months he can’t fault Halcyon’s formula for the want of trying.

“I am still trying to find something bad about the place but I can honestly say that I can’t,” he laughed.

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Inspirational home owners charity ride

Date: Aug 2012
Inspirational Halcyon Waters home owner and retired fireman Graham Flack has only recently arrived home from a ride on his bike. Pretty standard stuff for a fit 60 something, the only catch is that when Graham goes for a ride it can mean an arduous 900km week long ride across Queensland with 50 fire fighters raising funds for charity.

Over the past five years, Graham has trained five days a week riding up to 250km each week to prepare himself for the gruelling Bikes 4 Burns charity ride which raises funds for the Burns Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital. This year’s event saw the cyclists riding from Brisbane and through Caloundra, Gayndah and Kingaroy before finishing back in Brisbane at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

“The course signifies that many children treated for burns at the hospital have to endure long journeys in order to receive treatment,” said Mr Flack. “It’s a long and challenging ride, but not an impossible one,” he added.

Mr Flack said that he was thankful for the support from Halcyon and the home owners at Halcyon Waters for their continued support. “This year we raised $5,550 from a fund raising concert and barbecue which will go along way to support burns research,” he said.

“Halcyon supplied the refreshments for the evening and they also helped by suppling riding gear for the event,” said Graham.

Halcyon joint Managing Director Dr Bevan Geissmann said Mr Flack was an inspiration to everyone he met and that the company was happy to support his worthy endeavour.

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Hopping about with ‘Halcyon’

Date: May 2012
Readers of Halcyon Days would be familiar with the story of ‘Halcyon’ the little joey who was rescued by a home owner after being abandoned by his mother. As promised we are following the story of his 12 month long rehabilitation and are pleased to report he’s doing just fine. Now aged seven months, he is in the full time care of the Advancetown Wildlife Rescue and has been adopted by Robyn, who works at the clinic and has become his fulltime ‘Mum’.

He now jumps in and out of his ‘pouch’ regularly and is spending time outside with Robyn. As well as six bottles of milk each day, he is eating grass and pellets. Robyn cuddles him like a baby and it is very clear that he enjoys the social contact. As he gets bigger and stronger, Robyn has said that she will need to distance herself to allow an easy transition back into his environment before being released into a mob at Murgon.

Halcyon Waters has sponsored his rehabilitation and donated numerous items needed by the Clinic, as they operate only on donations. They do a wonderful job working with injured animals and helping these beautiful creatures get back to their natural habitat.

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Here comes the sun

Date: April 2011
Halcyon home owners are dedicated to fuelling the deployment of renewable energy systems in an effort to help reduce global warming. Ultimately this will save substantial amounts of cash on their household electricity bills. Already there are more than 120 rooftop solar systems being utilised by home owners at both Halcyon Waters and Halcyon Parks. The rooftop systems average eight solar panels per household which translates to 1.5 kilowatts of energy.

For a household that currently receives an average quarterly bill of $300 ($1,200 per year), this will see the bill reduced down to just $12.50 per quarter or $50 per year once the 1.5 kilowatt solar roof system is installed. That means on average a saving of $1,150 per year on the electricity bill.

In terms of saving on dangerous carbon emissions, the average Halcyon household will save 3,960kg per year (which is equivalent to about 36 strapping front row forwards!). Collectively Halcyon home owners are already saving a whopping 500 tonnes of carbon emissions per year and doing their bit to help save our planet.

One Halcyon Waters home owner, Doug Naumann, has just received his last quarterly bill and his electricity was absolutely free. Not only was his electricity free, but he also received a $300 rebate on his quarterly bill. This means he’s on track to receive a rebate of $1,200 per year... Imagine multiplying this by 120 home owners and the rebates are in excess of $140,000!

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