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State Housing Minister Mick de Brenni says Queenslanders can trust Halcyon

Design
September 29, 2020

In his role as Queensland’s Minister for Housing ad Urban Works, Mick de Brenni visits a lot of over 50s lifestyle resorts constructed and managed by many different operators.

“If you’re over 50 and you’re looking for somewhere to live, you want to look for a trusted brand and as the Minister for Housing I get to see a lot of facilities like this one, and I can absolutely say that Queenslanders can trust the Halcyon brand,” he said in a video recorded during his recent tour of Halcyon Greens in Pimpama.

“If they’re looking for a quality, affordable home and a community that that they can be a part of, then Halcyon Greens is the Top of the Pops.”

The video, hosted by Channel 9’s Garry Youngberry, details Halcyon’s commitment to designing all homes at the community to a Silver Livable Housing Design (LHD).

“While it’s great to be active and mobile, as we age our needs can change,” Garry said.

“While you may not need some of these features now, it’s peace of mind to know it is there and won’t cost you any money down the track.

“It means you can stay in your own home for much longer, knowing you’re comfortable, safe and secure.”

Channel 9&#039;s Garry Youngberry

According to LHD statistics, the family home accounts for 62 per cent of all slip and fall injuries and costs $1.8b in public health costs.

And it is considerably cheaper to build a home with these features, rather than retrofitting down the track as the cost of including Silver LHD features is 22 times more efficient.

Halcyon’s Joint Managing Director Paul Melville said: “We’ve always been passionate about accessibility and adaptable homes well before the Livable Housing Design guidelines were even thought about.”

“It makes it easier for people to live in their own homes, and live in their own homes forever.”

The seven core Silver design features include:

  • A safe continuous and step free path of travel from the street entrance and / or parking area to a dwelling entrance that is level.
  • At least one, level (step-free) entrance into the dwelling.
  • Internal doors and corridors that facilitate comfortable and unimpeded movement between spaces.
  • A toilet on the ground (or entry) level that provides easy access.
  • A bathroom that contains a hobless shower recess.
  • Reinforced walls around the toilet, shower and bath to support the safe installation of grabrails at a later date.
  • Stairways are designed to reduce the likelihood of injury and also enable future adaptation.
  • Internal doors and corridors that facilitate comfortable and unimpeded movement between spaces.
  • Stairways are designed to reduce the likelihood of injury and also enable future adaptation.