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.

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

Opal by Living Gems residents raise thousands for cancer research

Opal by Living Gems residents turned out in droves for the Jimboomba Relay for Life event, held on 7-8 October.

Nola Green, Cheryl Hitchin and Desiley Bell led a team of 50 to raise a goal of $5,000 and exceeded even their own expectations, raising a total of $7,409.15.

The fantastic result was a true team effort.

At the closing ceremony on Sunday morning, the Opal by Living Gems team was applauded as a ‘late starter’ for this year’s event, who still raised the second-largest contribution.

The team was also presented the ‘Spirit of Relay’ trophy, which is awarded to an individual or team that displayed exemplary effort.

“It was a fantastic weekend and everyone who came enjoyed themselves,” says Nola, one of the organisers of the Opal by Living Gems team.

“Thank you to everyone in our team and the community of Opal by Living Gems for your hard work, support and enthusiasm.”

Team organisers Nola, Cheryl and Desiley were inspired by a recent Biggest Morning Tea event to take on their own fundraising initiative, and Relay for Life, was perfect.

“There are a lot of people even in the resort who have been touched by cancer personally in addition to family and friends,” says Nola. “It is a terrible disease.”

“Just like so many others, I have had many family and friends that have battled cancer and wanted to do something for them.”

She said the response was amazing not only from the residents, but also from Opal by Living Gems management.

“Kevin and Marie and Lyn have been so helpful and have been doing so much for us, as has Sandra in marketing.”

Teams completed a walking relay around a set course for 18 hours – from 3pm to 9am – with several poignant and symbolic marks of respect to sufferers, survivors, and those who have passed away and the families that they have left behind.

Pets: Meet Rosie & Rocky Miller

Names: Rosie and Rocky Miller

Ages: 5 and 7 years.

Sex: Female and male.

Parents: Mike and Dianne Miller.

What type of dogs are you?

Rosie: I am a toy poodle, while Rocky is a Chihuahua.

What is your favourite toy?

Rocky: We have a few different toys. The ones we like the best have a small, soft ball connected to a rope. It’s fun to chase them, and they’re easy to carry and play tug of war with them.

What is your favourite part of the Opal by Living Gems resort?

Rosie: We love walking around the resort, especially down the back at the dog run – there are often other dogs there and we can say hello and have a bit of a sniff.

Rocky: I can’t wait until Kev finishes the finishes the path around the back of the resort so that we can go on longer walks. Woof!

Which food do you enjoy the most?

Rosie: Definitely chicken. Mum has some excellent recipes.

Rocky: Beef jerky as well. Definitely beef jerky. I’m drooling just thinking about it.

What is your most annoying habit?

Rosie: When people walk in front of the house and I can see them through the screen doors, I can’t help myself, and I yell out to them. Woof, woof!

Rocky: We are just trying to be friendly!

Tell us about your best or funniest moment.

Rocky: Sometimes we get a bit worked up and start chasing each other around the house. It’s such good fun to chase each other around.

Rosie: We go around and around the lounge, and up and down the hallway. It always makes mum laugh.

Who treats you best, mum or dad?

Rocky: They’re both amazing people and treat us really well. Each night though, while we’re watching TV, I’ll snuggle up with Mike and Rosie will hop up with mum.

Words of congratulations for croquet field opening

We are excited to announce that Opal by Living Gems received some kind words of congratulations for Logan City Council Mayor Luke Smith.

You can read the full letter below…

On the Road for Rustic Wineries

Bill and Gitta Malkin have travelled extensively through Australia in their motor home, free camping where they can, seeing the diverse sights of the nation, and also visiting its finest wineries.

They recently returned to Opal by Living Gems after a three-month, family-focused trip to Adelaide.

Bill and Gitta’s daughter in law was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and the family converged on the city in support.

It provided one of those rare opportunities to see their three children and six of 16 grandchildren in the one place.

“We took the opportunity while we were there to see a few different vineyards at the Barossa Valley, Clare, McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills and also at Hahndorf,” says Bill.

“It was nice to get out and see some things together as a family.”

The trip to Adelaide followed a six-month adventure in Western Australia, where they saw landmarks such as Wave Rock and, of course, visited several of that state’s fine wineries.

It is a passion for Bill, who has 180 bottles of red wine at his home at Opal by Living Gems, and he has a extensive knowledge of Australia’s best wineries.

“We are so lucky in Australia, we have so many high-quality growing areas such as Margaret River, Swan Valley, Hunter Valley and the Barossa Valley,” he says.

Bill prefers the personal touch of an independent estate and he and Gitta always visit local visitor information centres to ask which wineries and sights provide the best experience.

They also prefer free camping and Gitta will always peruse the ‘camping bible’ Camps 9, and the Wikicamps applicaton to find the best spot to stay, whether it is in a national park, or on a farm.

Here are a handful of Bill’s most memorable wineries.

Langmeil Winery, Tanunda

“They make some beautiful reds,” says Bill of Langmeil Winery set in the town of Tanunda in the Barossa Valley. The family-owned and operated winery lays claim to being the oldest surviving Shiraz vineyard in the world, planted in 1843, and Shiraz just happens to be Bill’s preferred grape. The historic winery is housed in original buildings built by some of the first European settlers to the region.

Sieber Road Vineyard, Seppeltsfield

Although this Barossa Valley winery recently received a double gold award at the Melbourne International Wine Competition with its 2015 Shiraz/Grenache, it was more than the wine that stood out for Bill at the Sieber Road Vineyard – it was the lovely people who run the winery. “It was one of the nicest personal experiences I have had at a winery. The lady behind the counter, Val, is a lovely, lovely person. We went back four times, it felt like coming home.”

Windy Creek Estate, Swan Valley

Another independent winery in Western Australia where Bill was highly impressed by the experience provided for visitors. The family-run estate is not just a business but the family home and it is treated as such. “A great experience with great people,” says Bill.

Vasse Felix, Margaret River

Founded in 1967 by Dr Tom Cullity, Vasse Felix was the first winery to be established in what is now one of Australia’s most renowned wine-growing regions. Bill says it is a “little bit more upmarket” than several of the other family-owned wineries in this list, and worth it for the sense of history and views from the tasting building.

Bill describes the wine-tasting experience at Hugh Hamilton Wines as the best he has experienced. Even the dirt from the vineyards is brought out for the tasters, so that they can gain a deeper understanding of the flavours of the grapes. “It was a great way to gain a good nose for a red. Such a good experience, complimented from the beautiful views from their tasting area.” The wines are complimented with cheeses and chocolates depending on which was the better fit.

Opal by Living Gems Neil Diamond Spectacular

On Saturday 24 June, Opal by Living Gems hosted the Neil Diamond Spectacular, with 150 people attending the sold out tribute concert.

Annette Reberger, who has been living at Opal by Living Gems for just three months, heads up the event committee at the resort, and was thrilled to see the success of the sold-out event.

“It was brilliant seeing all the ladies dressed up and the bar open and everyone enjoying themselves to the music,” says Annette.

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. 

Four New Display Homes Open at Opal by Living Gems

Opal by Living Gems has four brand new display homes open for inspection and available to purchase.

Take a look at these four beautiful designs below.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to book an inspection while they are still available. Call Lyn Butler today on 07 5547 2333.