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Christmas spirit alive and well at Opal by Living Gems

From Christmas light competitions to festive lunches, there is something on every week in December for residents to enjoy at Opal by Living Gems – proving that the Christmas spirit is alive and well!

Sales  Manager, Dennis Ring said that the Resort is well known for its festive atmosphere at this time of year.

“Our Resort really does come alive during December and our home owners love getting involved to share in the Christmas spirit,” said Dennis.

Each year Opal by Living Gems sends out a challenge to its residents to decorate their homes for Christmas with lights and Christmas cheer.

This year, the homes were officially judged by Logan City Councillor, Laurie Koranski and State Member for Logan, Linus Power MP on Saturday 15 December, followed by Christmas Carols with Mt Warren Park Community Church choir and a delicious BBQ dinner.

Another favourite on the Resort’s festive calendar is the annual Men’s Club Christmas luncheon held in early December where the men surprise their wives and partners with an amazing lunch held at the outdoor entertainment pavilion that overlooks the beautiful Opal Parklands and lakes.

Mr Ring says the active Home Owners Committee hold a Christmas dinner each year which, is always a popular event.

“Over 175 residents attended this year and enjoyed a lovely spit roast dinner and sang and danced the night away to the musical delights of local entertainers Toucan Twango”.

Dedicating to finishing the year off with a bang, the Resort will host a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party at the Opal Clubhouse. Residents will hide behind their masks, bringing in 2019 with plenty of bubbly and entertainment from Absolute Suave Dance Band.

Opal by Living Gems is open 7 days a week (except for Christmas and New Year Day) at 42 Quinzeh Creek Road Logan Village from 10am to 4pm. If you would like more information or to book a tour call 1800 370 702 or email dennis@livinggems.com.au

Living Gems celebrates Seniors Week

Throughout the state our community will come together to celebrate Seniors Week. This event is held from 18-26 August to recognise the value of the contribution older people have made in the workforce and community throughout their lives.

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland coordinates Seniors Week on behalf of the Queensland Government. The event aims to improve community attitudes towards older people and to enhance community connections and relationships.

Living Gems is joining the celebrations this year, offering free morning tea and information sessions at four locations.

General Manager Vlad Pullich said that Seniors Week is a great opportunity for over 50s, seniors and retirees to see the vast lifestyle opportunities that are available.

“Visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in all that this resort has to offer whilst enjoying a delicious morning tea in the country club.”

As well as the morning tea, the public can join in a variety of activities at each resort.

Enjoy a game of indoor carpet bowls, learn how to play croquet and enjoy line dancing at Opal by Living Gems. Living Gems Toowoomba is hosting a great information session, Living Gems Caboolture will have display homes open and you can learn how to play Mahjong at Living Gems Pacific Paradise.

For more information about Living Gems Seniors Week activities please call 1800 785 594 or visit www.livinggems.com.au/contact. Event information is also available on the COTA website and the Living Gems Facebook page. 

Southport Croquet Club visits Living Gems

Members of the Southport Croquet Club made their way to Opal by Living Gems Lifestyle resort in Logan Village on 17 July 2018.

Beryl Turner, Southport club captain, along with a group of eight members enjoyed a great day at the resort, having a go for the first time at the resort’s croquet court.

Living Gems has been sponsoring the club, located at 1 Queen Street, Southport for the last 12 months.

Mary Kerr and Diane Miller, home owners at Opal by Living Gems, are both club members at Southport. Mary said she didn’t start playing croquet until she moved into the resort but has always thought it was a game she would play in her retirement.

“Whilst Opal by Living Gems’ croquet field was under construction last year, home owners were invited to use the club’s facilities at Southport.”

“I’ve been playing croquet for two years, it is a fun sport. I am the president of the club and help organise two set games a week, on Sunday and Tuesday afternoon, as well as a number of other competitions throughout the year.”

“We have had a few tournaments including one with the neighbouring resort, Ruby by Living Gems. It was a great event, we will probably organise another soon.”

“A lot of the home owners here enjoy the game. We usually play a variation of croquet called “golf croquet” – it is the most popular and easiest of the four types of the game.”

Southport Croquet Club President, John Turner said the visit to Opal by Living Gems was a fun day.

“The group enjoyed a BBQ lunch, cakes of all kinds and more importantly got to play a game or two on the court within the resort.”

“I’d like to thank Opal by Living Gems for allowing us to make the visit and enjoy some time on their court and meet with the home owners.”

Opal by Living Gems is open seven days from 10am to 4pm. To book a personal resort and display home tour call Dennis on (07) 5547 2333 or pop in any day to 42 Quinzeh Creek Road, Logan Village.

Opal by Living Gems relay team close in on fundraising goal

Relay for Life team, Opal by Living Gems, have been powering on to meet their fundraising goal of $10,000 by 7 October 2018. The current total is now over $7,000 thanks to the efforts of the home owners at Opal by Living Gems as well as their family and friends.

The team have raised funds from various events as well as raffling items donated by local businesses in Logan Village.

Team captain, Nola Green said they are well on their way to meet their goal after the recent success of their Biggest Morning Tea event and Pie Drive.

“The Biggest Morning Tea was a really wonderful event, I think everyone had a great time and we raised just over $1,900 on the day.”

“Special guests at the recent Biggest Morning Tea included: Logan City Councillor Laurie Koranski and Cancer Council Queensland personnel – Megan Connors, Senior Co-ordinator, Regional Fundraising; Jane Haylock, Chair Jimboomba Branch; and Amanda Power, Senior Coordinator, Special Projects Relay for Life. All were impressed with the “terrific event” and with the current amount raised.”

“The pie drive finished last week, and it was a great way to raise funds. We sold 448 pies to the home owners here at Opal by Living Gems and we were very happy with the resulting $511.”

Nola said the Opal by Living Gems Relay team still have a number of events planned as they get closer to the event day.

“We will be hosting a breakfast for Father’s Day and we also have a sausage sizzle at Logan Village Woolworths on 5 August and 9 September.”

The team will complete a walking relay around a set course in Jimboomba for 18 hours, from Saturday 6 October to Sunday 7 October, 2018 from 3pm – 9am at Hills College.

Relay for Life is a fun and moving overnight event hosted by Cancer Council that aims to raise vital funds for Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services.

You can donate to the Opal by Living Gems team via the Relay for Life website and selecting their team page. You will receive a receipt for your donation.

For more information about Relay for Life visit www.relayforlife.org.au or for more information about Living Gems resorts call 1800 785 594.

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Meet your Neighbours: Keith and Gwen

Originally from the United Kingdom, Keith Revell made the move over 40 years ago to Brisbane where he met his wife Gwen.

Not long after our two wonderful children were born we moved to New Guinea for three years, from there we chose to settle in Redcliffe until our children went on to university. After a stint in Melbourne and over 30 years in a stressful Corporate role we eventually moved to Heritage Park seeking a quieter, less stressful life and bought a newsagency.

The business thrived, and we quickly learnt that this was not going to be a quiet life! We sold the newsagency after six years and took a gap year, which has 10 years and counting, we are still contemplating when we will retire!

Having made the decision to downsize we continued our search for a quiet life and stumbled upon Opal by Living Gems whilst researching over 50s lifestyle resorts. We actually placed a deposit on a site at Ruby by Living Gems first, but we both agreed that Opal by Living Gems was where our hearts were most happy.

We have been living here for three years now and it suits us perfectly. Our house is located on the boundary of the resort which is lovely for our little Maltese who loves to rub noses with the horses through the fences of the bordering property.

Gwen and I love the lifestyle here, we regularly take our dog for an early morning walk through the lovely parkland that adjoins the resort. You get to see the mist over the lake if you’re awake early enough. There is so much wildlife around and you get to listen to the birds sing – it’s bliss, and not a car can be heard!

We like to pop down to the local Woolworths shopping centre which is only a five-minute walk. The centre has almost everything, it’s just missing a coffee shop!

Gwen and I love to join in the Thursday tennis night at the resort, Gwen plays, and I cheer her on from the sidelines with our dog. Later in the evening we all put together a BBQ and sit around the fire pit and soak up the ambiance.

A great bonus about living here is that you’ll find almost everything you need in one place! I run a monthly computer class, and am on the Residents’ committee, while Gwen will enjoy a game of mah-jong or indoor bowls. You can do things together or separately. There are so many activities going on – it is like being on a cruise, from Hawaiian Night to live concerts!

Now that we have found our slice of serenity we are beginning to get back into volunteering. I am involved with a number of not-for-profits in the legal industry and Gwen and I have just recently volunteered at the Commonwealth Games which was a wonderful experience.

For more information about Opal by Living Gems please call 1800 785 594 or email dennis@livinggems.com.au

Living Gems residents’ top effort for cancer research

Last year, Relay for Life team Opal by Living Gems, raised $7500 for cancer research. This year the team have started their fundraising efforts early in hopes to surpass last year’s donation.

Living Gems residents and team captain Nola Green said last year they hadn’t heard of the Relay for Life until attending an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event.

“After speaking to some representatives from Cancer Council, we came home and put together a team of fifty. We didn’t start fundraising until May 2017 but still managed to collect $7500, which we were very happy with.”

“This year we have renewed vigour, we achieved second place in the fundraising last year, so this year we aim to be first.”

At the closing ceremony of last year’s event, the Opal by Living Gems team were also presented the ‘Spirit of Relay’ trophy, which is awarded to an individual or team that displayed exemplary effort.

“Last year was a fantastic weekend and everyone who came enjoyed themselves, we are all looking forward to this year’s event.”

“I find Relay for Life the perfect fundraising initiative as it is for all cancers and the 18 hour relay event is a good way to show that cancer never sleeps.”

“There are so many people in our society that have been touched by cancer, it is a terrible disease, it makes me happy to know I can help.”

The team have been hosting events since the beginning of the year to kick start their fundraising initiatives.

“We have been hosting monthly BBQs in the Opal by Living Gems resort and we recently held our ‘Swimming for Life’ event which was great fun, residents competed in individual and team events.”

“You can come and support our team at the upcoming Opal by Living Gems Open Day, on 29 April, where we will be selling raffle tickets and sharing information about Cancer Council.”

“I would like to thank all the residents and Living Gems management for their continued support this year, so far we have raised $2000,” says Nola.

The team will complete a walking relay around a set course in Jimboomba for 18 hours, from 3pm Saturday, 6 October to 9am Sunday, 7 October.

Relay for Life is a fun and moving overnight event hosted by Cancer Council that aims to raise vital funds for Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services.

You can donate to the Opal by Living Gems team via the Relay for Life website and selecting their team page, you will receive a receipt for your donation.

For more information about Relay for Life visit www.relayforlife.org.au or for more information about Living Gems resorts call 1800 785 594.

Retirement living: where to start?

For those planning their retirement, the question of how to finance this next stage of life can be daunting for some.

While the government offers the Age Pension, $826.20 for singles and $1245.60 for couples paid fortnightly, this is not always necessarily enough to live on.

There are a number of options to get extra cash in your pocket, such as a reverse mortgage, but is this the best solution?

It is an often-stated view that Baby Boomers are typically cash poor and asset rich, making right-sizing an attractive way to free up the equity in your home.

Right-sizing is the process of finding a home that better suits your wants and needs. This process offers the opportunity to free up your time and to focus on the things that are most important to you.

Over 50s resort-style communities are among some of the most popular retirement living accommodation options in Australia. There are an overwhelming number to choose from with close to 200 communities in Australia.

Lifestyle resorts across Australia offer different styles of living from multi-story apartments to duplexes and full-sized homes at prices for every budget.

Living Gems lifestyle resorts offer a popular formula to home ownership; they are beneficial financially and offer homeowners peace of mind.

“We make dreams possible because we make them affordable.”

Living Gems is a Queensland based, family owned and operated lifestyle resort company, with eight resort locations across south-east Queensland.

Living Gems general manager, Vlad Pullich says free standing homes in the Toowoomba and Logan Village resorts start as low as $350,000 and offer an impressive set of standard inclusions.

“Our aim is to provide a resort lifestyle for active over 50s, seniors and retirees which is why we offer such an extensive range of premium facilities in our new resorts.”

“The recent opening of the multi-million-dollar country club in our Toowoomba resort is an exciting milestone. It is the newest addition to the resort”

“The country club is fitted with a lounge, bar, ballroom and a cinema.”

“Other facilities include a heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, BBQ pavilion, gym, bowling green, tennis court, games room, hair salon, library, music room, workshop plus an art and craft studio.”

“With everything you need in one place you don’t have any hefty membership fees or travel fees that other gyms and sporting clubs would normally charge,” says Mr Pullich.

For more information

1800 785 594

www.livinggems.com.au

Opal by Living Gems Croquet Field Launch

This week was the launch of our brand new croquet field at Opal by Living Gems!

Residents enjoyed a relaxed afternoon testing the green and were treated to a sausage sizzle lunch

The field was officially opened by Councillor Laurie Koranski.

Thank you to everyone who attended!

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