Retirement living and aged care allowed in popular Gold Coast suburb

Sanctuary Cove residents will be allowed to retire close to friends and family in the future, thanks to legislation passed by the Queensland Parliament.

The Economic Development and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 will allow a proposal for retirement or residential aged care at Sanctuary Cove to be considered.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick says it’s a great step forward for Sanctuary Cove residents.


“Being able to stay close to home in a safe and comfortable environment surrounded by the people you love is important for residents in all communities.

“At the time it was written in the 1980s, the Sanctuary Cove Resort Act did not include either a retirement facility or residential care facility use, which until today prevented this type of development from being considered at the resort.

“With the passing of this legislation today, we have changed that, and in doing so have changed the future of Sanctuary Cove for the better,” Mr Dick said.

Mr Dick went on to say that Development Applications for the facilities will still need to be lodged, and community consultation will need to be undertaken.

“The Palaszczuk Government supports diverse and affordable housing options and the ability for the community to age in place.

“This amendment is about recognising that Sanctuary Cove residents may wish to retire close to home near their family and friends, and to live their later years in age-appropriate accommodation being surrounded by the people they love,” Mr Dick said.

Gold Coast North Chamber of Commerce President Gary Mays says the amendments to the 33-year-old Sanctuary Cove Resort Act will enable residents to access retirement living and aged care in their own community for the first time.

“We’re really lucky on the Gold Coast that we have a whole range of retirement and aged care living options.

“Unfortunately, Sanctuary Cove residents haven’t had access to those same choices locally.

“I am pleased that people who’ve lived at Sanctuary Cove for decades will now have more options to live their twilight years in the community, rather than having to move out of the area if they wanted to transition to aged care,” Ms Mays said.