Ashgrove Golf Club has partnered with a retirement provider to build more than 150 units on its home turf at The Gap. Club president John Shaw (pictured) says its future would be in jeopardy without the deal. Ashgrove Golf Club has been thrown a financial lifeline, with plans to develop retirement living accommodation on the site at The Gap.
The joint venture between the club and Brisbane-based retirement village operator RetireAustralia was supported by 97.5 per cent of members at a meeting two weeks ago. The partnership to develop retirement living accommodation on underutilised club land aims to provide long-term financial certainty for the club, which has suffered a declining membership base.
The project is proposing 154 units for retirement living across three buildings overlooking the golf course from Waterworks Rd.
Ashgrove Golf Club president John Shaw said the project was crucial to the club’s long-term strategy. “Sporting clubs across Australia are doing it tough financially and the Ashgrove Golf Club is no exception,” Mr Shaw said. “As a board we’ve been exploring options for a number of years now to deliver longterm financial certainty to the club and we believe this partnership with RetireAustralia is the best way to achieve that.” Mr Shaw said the club had been part of the Ashgrove community for more than 75 years and wanted to make sure it was still there in 75 years’ time.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that without this project the future of our club is in real jeopardy.” He said engaging with the community would be a critical component of the project.
Article: Westside News, 31st August 2016
Picture: Elise Searson
Supplied: Artist’s impression of the proposed retirement accommodation
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