Living Gems resident’s 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 or for more information about Living Gems resorts call 1800 785 594.

Living Gems sparkles with resort style

Queensland based company Living Gems is shaking up the way Australians over 50 experience their golden years.

Living Gems General Manager Vlad Pullich said that baby boomers are demanding higher standards in over 50s living options with buyers focused on an active and social lifestyle.

The magnificent indoor heated pool at the Living Gems Toowoomba resort.


“Lifestyle resorts offer a new style of living that exceeds the current demand from the over 50s market.”

“The premium, high set country club is the centrepiece of the community and has been designed on a grand scale. The country club is a hub of activity, catering to a myriad of recreational activities.

“Our newer resorts are designed with over 20 different facilities to accommodate a healthy, social and active lifestyle.”

“The facilities include the following: a bar, lounge area, ballroom with dance floor, theatre stage, change rooms, commercial kitchen, meeting room, arts and crafts room, workshop, cinema, music room, hair salon, library, games room, consultation room, BBQ pavilion, lawn bowls, heated swimming pool, spa, tennis court.”

The Living Gems Pacific Paradise country club.


“The country club is finished with a high level of luxury inclusions and no expense has been spared,” says Mr Pullich.

Living Gems Sales Manager Victoria Dent said that each resort has a dedicated social committee that organise regular activities for homeowners to enjoy.

“The heated pool is one of the most popular facilities that homeowners can take advantage of all year round. Activities like aqua aerobics is a great activity to keep your muscles and bones strong.”

“Living Gems resorts offer something for everyone, we understand that everyone has their own hobbies and interests, so we do our best to accommodate this.”

Two residents are working on a project in the workshop at the Ruby by Living Gems resort.


“At any one of our resorts you will find social groups for knitting, quilting and other arts and crafts, as well as for mah-jong, cards and scrabble. Walking, tennis and lawn bowls are also among the most popular.”

“This style of living appeals to baby boomers as they are a very social demographic. Homeowners will often say to me that a short stroll to the letterbox with their furry companion can soon turn into a much longer affair as everyone will stop to say hello.”

For more information, call 1800 785 594 or visit

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

Live every day like you’re on holiday

Living Gems Sales Manager Victoria Dent said that residents at the Pacific Paradise resort certainly make the most of every day.

“It is wonderful to see everyone enjoying all the resort has to offer; be that lawn bowls competitions, tennis matches, aqua aerobics, leisurely strolls around the resort or happy hour drinks with friends.”

“You occasionally go quite some time without seeing certain residents as they’re always off travelling the world,” says Ms Dent.

Living Gems residents David and Beth Nielsen said moving into Pacific Paradise allowed them to downsize from their former canal-front property on the Sunshine Coast, and it has freed them up to do more travelling.

“We felt that it was time to downsize, and by living here, at a turnkey resort, we knew we could go off travelling even more than we had in the past.”

“We have been on 70 cruises spanning every continent apart from Antarctica. We travel to see this fascinating world in which we live, and we are somewhat addicted to it,” says David.

Ms Dent said that residents at Living Gems Pacific Paradise all agree that they have found their place in the sun.

“As well as enjoying meals in the country club and BBQs by the pool on a Sunday afternoon, residents enjoy getting out and exploring the local area for the perfect place to eat.”

“We are surrounded by an abundance of restaurants serving up delightful food that would make even the most accomplished foodie sing.”

“The North Shore Tavern is only a 10-minute walk from the resort if you’re after pub food, or you can travel ten minutes by car to reach The Loose Goose, Nouveau Bar or Lily’s on the Lagoon in Twin Waters.”

“The Piano Bar in Maroochydore offers a lovely atmosphere and most nights you can enjoy live jazz music. Make sure to try one of The Piano Bar’s signature cocktails,” says Ms Dent.

With all this at your fingertips you can be sure you’ll live everyday like you’re on holiday at Living Gems Pacific Paradise.

For more information call 1800 785 694, visit our website or send an email to

Multi-million dollar country club opens at lifestyle resort

Living Gems Toowoomba’s multi-million dollar country club is the newest addition to the resort-style retirement village.

It was recently unveiled to the residents of Living Gems and members of the public will be able to view it at a celebratory open day this month.

The completed country club has residents excited.


The country club if 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.


Living Gems residents testing out the new tennis court.


Living Gems General Manager Vlad Pullich said Living Gems have brought a high quality housing and lifestyle product to Toowoomba.

“Living Gems suits the requirements of the locals and allows them to stay close to their social networks.”

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

“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.”

A game of pool with friends.


The region’s residents will be able to view the country club and resort’s facilities on Saturday, April 21 from 10am to 3pm at 500 South St, Glenvale.

For more information please contact 1800 785 594, visit our website or email us at


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The Commonwealth Games Volunteers of Living Gems

Living Gems residents around south-east Queensland are getting set for the Commonwealth Games. Over 22 home owners will be participating in the Commonwealth Games 2018 in a multitude of ways.

In the middle of it all are our Living Gems Gold Coast volunteers Mervyn and Betty Handley, Helen Dwyer and Bill Elliot, as well as Baton Bearer Leonie Thompson.

Volunteers are from left to right: Mervyn and Betty Handley, Leonie Thompson, Helen Dwyer and Bill Elliott.
Leonie Thompson carrying the baton through the Labrador segment.

For 70-year-old Leonie Thompson, age is just a number, and won’t hold her back from her yearly marathons and boxing hobby.

“I love to exercise – running being my favourite. I have attended 173 Park Run’s with a PB of 33.27 minutes, but I tend to average 34-35 minutes,” says Ms Thompson.

“Volunteering has always been a big part of my life, I have spent the last 20 years attending fund raising marathons for various charities.”

“It was so exciting, and I felt so proud to participate in the Queen’s Baton Relay event. My whole family, my gems and my jewels, were there to watch as I carried the baton through the Labrador segment on Easter Monday.”

Leonie Thompson sharing the excitement of the day with family.

“I am also really looking forward to participating in the five kilometre Gold Run! I get a lovely golden shirt to wear and at the end of the course we can cheer on the GC2018 Marathon runners at the closing stage of their run.”

Julie Harrison ready for action as a fleet driver volunteer.

Sapphire by Living Gems resident Julie Harrison has been working two days with one day off as a fleet driver. She has been driving GC2018 officials around since 20 March and will finish on 18 April.

“I decided to volunteer for this once in a life time opportunity to tackle something exciting and different. It is quite an honour to have been selected as one of the 15,000 volunteers from the 40,000 that applied.”

“I have to give full marks to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC), everything has been really well organised, and I am really enjoying the experience. I have had the opportunity to meet so many different people from all around the world,” says Ms Harrison.

Keith Revell

Keith Revell, baton bearer in the Queen’s Baton Relay, tells of the exciting and exhilarating experience carrying the baton through the Beenleigh segment on Easter Sunday.

“It was such an honour to be nominated, and then to be chosen, from so many other very worthy nominees. It was a privilege that was very humbling.”

“To be in the bus talking with the other runners was inspiring and to hear so many uplifting stories of their contributions to improve their communities.”

Keith Revell surrounded by family and friends.

Keith says as well as participating in the Queen’s Baton Relay he will also be volunteering at the games along with four other home owners from Opal by Living Gems.

“At Opal there are four residents volunteering in various capacities at the Commonwealth games, myself as a fleet driver based at Fleet Depot Central for all our visiting officials and dignitaries; my wife, Gwen as a commonwealth games association assistant based at the Athletes Games Village; Lyn Yensch also as a fleet driver, based at the Athletes Village and Wendy Broxham who is based in the Hockey venue.”

Wendy Broxham shares in the excitement of the games saying just a glimpse at the website stirs the adrenaline.

“There will be fireworks. There will be Ferocity. Hockey is 60 minutes of full-throttle sporting action,” says Ms Broxham.

Thirteen residents from Ruby by Living Gems will also be active volunteers through the games, two of the thirteen have been sworn to secrecy about their uniform as they are participating in the closing ceremony.

The Living Gems volunteers selected for the 2018 Commonwealth Games are among 15,000 of more than 45,000 applicants.

From left to right: Graham Douglass, Jenny Hawkins, Del Barbour, John Lennon, Doug Berry, Helen Berry, David Emmerson, Trish Allen, Brian Allen and Kay Lennon. Absent were: Heather Redman, Colin Gough & Eileen Gough.
Right-sizing the Living Gems way: how to find the right home

Often referred to as downsizing, right-sizing is the process of finding a home that better suits your wants and needs. We prefer this term over downsizing, as it suggests you are giving up something, rather than trying something new.

There are plenty of moments throughout our lives where we will have recognised the need to right-size our home. We make space in the beginning for our children; we collect so many furnishings and items as they grow up, that by the time they leave the nest we’re left asking ourselves, what now?

Right-sizing offers you the opportunity to free up your time and to focus on the things that are most important to you. Be that an old hobby you’d like to start again, or something different altogether.


Living Gems homes offer luxurious, low maintenance homes perfect for right-sizing
Image: Living Gems homes offer luxurious, low maintenance homes perfect for right-sizing



There are so many benefits to picking up where you are and moving into a space that better caters to your lifestyle. Don’t be afraid to try something new; move to that countryside suburb, or that breezy coastal town you’ve always loved.

Embrace the fear of missing out and use it as a motivational tool to push yourself to new heights; ask yourself what your heart desires.

It is important to take care to choose a home that you could see yourself in for a long time – moving is not anybody’s favourite task.

Right-sizing is a great opportunity to sort through the things you have collected throughout your life, keeping the things most important to you and getting rid of the rest.

Rather than a large, high-maintenance, suburban home with all the trimmings – opt for a home in a community with these facilities included. Living Gems Pacific Paradise offers residents all the facilities they could desire, without the hassle of maintenance. Relax in the spa, swim laps in the heated swimming pool, work out in the gym, start a new project in the hobby and craft room or put on your dancing shoes and join in the many social events.

Living Gems Example of Ethical Over 50s Resort Business Model

Living Gems has described the practices of retirement village operators exposed in the media as “unfortunate”, and says that in contrast, Living Gems is a shining example of an ethical over 50s resort business.

A recent Four Corners program highlighted the business practices of a retirement village operator, which charges large exit fees and allegedly strives for high resident turnover.

Living Gems General Manager says it is unfortunate that people who are in a sensitive time at their lives are put in the position as has been described in the media.

Patricia Simmons – Celebrating 20 years with Living Gems

Congratulations to Patricia Simmons who is celebrating 20 years working with Living Gems!

Patricia is our lovely Administrations Manager. When she started working at Living Gems, she was the only person in her department. Now the team consists of eight people!

Living Gems Minibuses
Living Gems Residents Travel in Style

Luxurious Mercedes Sprinter Transfer MWB Minibuses have now been delivered to Living Gems Residential Resorts at Pacific Paradise, Caboolture and Glenvale in Toowoomba. The 12-seater resort buses are ready to hit the road for day trips and shopping sprees. Resort managers say driver and passenger reports are excellent. Looking after our homeowners is one of the keys to Living Gems’ success, the new buses will take people out and about in comfort.