Jean Theaker will be moving from her Ipswich Gardens home to Toowoomba because the retirement home needs some damaged buildings to be demolished. Photo: Sarah Harvey
Jean Theaker will be moving from her Ipswich Gardens home to Toowoomba because the retirement home needs some damaged buildings to be demolished. Photo: Sarah Harvey

Unsafe buildings force relocation

AN IPSWICH retirement home's tenants will have to find temporary accommodation elsewhere as its new owners knock down unsafe buildings on the site.

Seasons Supported Living purchased the Ipswich Gardens site on Grange Rd late last month and said subsidence has damaged some units so much that they have to be demolished.

Managing director Paul Browne said while residents have to move out so the work can take place, construction won't start until everyone has found alternative accommodation.

Residents can move to other Seasons sites if need be, Mr Browne said, with residents able to return to the Grange Rd premises once work is finished.

Some readers contacted The Queensland Times concerned about the future of the site, and what will happen to its current residents, but Mr Browne said no residents will be kicked out.

A Seasons takeover of a Redbank Plains retirement village caused a stir among residents last year, but Mr Browne said the Grange Road residents have been kept up to date.

“There will be no pressure on the residents – we will only start works once everyone has found accommodation,” Mr Browne said.

He said his business understood it was not an easy move for residents and their family members, but said those affected will be given money to help relocate.

Jean Theaker, 76, is one resident of Ipswich Gardens who has already found another place to live. The long-time Ipswich resident is heading for Toowoomba with one of her neighbours.

She said residents knew the site had continuing problems with subsidence damaging buildings.

“I knew it was going to change hands, but I didn't think it would happen so quickly,” she said.

“People are taking the news in their stride.”

She said the saddest part of the news was the splitting up of the retirement home's residents, who have become close friends over the years.

Mr Browne said Seasons was about three months into work at the former Lifestyle Estates site they purchased late last year.



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