Seniors’ living expansion gets go-ahead; construction to begin in 2025

An artist’s impression of the second stage of Edinglassie Village in Emu Plains.
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Uniting’s $99 million seniors’ independent living village in Emu Plains has received Development Approval for the second stage of its site redevelopment.

This builds upon the success of the residential aged care home completed in 2021, which won the 2022 UDIA NSW Award for Excellence in the Residential Aged Care category.

The redevelopment of Uniting’s Edinglassie Village, first opened in the early ‘70s, will deliver 147 independent living apartments across five buildings, with 43 of these available as affordable housing for seniors.

These will comprise a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments.

Residents of Edinglassie Village will also have access to an array of amenities, including a new clubroom for resident events and activities to be built as part of stage two, as well as those that formed part of stage one, being a multi-purpose space, café, hairdressing salon, chapel and consulting rooms for visiting medical and allied health professionals.

According to Uniting Director of Property and Housing, Simon Furness, this redevelopment is essential given the ageing population and demographic in the area. In Penrith, 13 per cent of the population is aged over 65 years, and of those residents, their incomes are 11 per cent lower than the Greater Sydney average.

“Uniting has been providing aged care services in the Penrith area for 50 years and we’re proud to be investing in its future through the redevelopment of Uniting Edinglassie Village,” Furness said.

“Our focus is on providing homes and facilities that enhance the quality of life for older Australians so they can age in place and stay connected with their local communities. We’re committed to ensuring seniors continue to have access to quality, affordable living and services within the region and we look forward to seeing them enjoy their new homes upon completion.”

Uniting has partnered with highly experienced landscape architecture firm Taylor Brammer to ensure that the development flows seamlessly with its surrounding environment in Emu Plains.

Construction is due to commence in early 2025, with Uniting expecting the transformation to create 150 to 200 jobs throughout the construction period.

Cassidy Pearce

Cassidy Pearce is a news and entertainment journalist with The Western Weekender. A graduate of the University of Technology Sydney, she has previously worked with Good Morning Macarthur and joined the Weekender in 2022.

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