Camden retirement village named the best in Australia

Wivenhoe Village at Kirkham Rise has been chosen as the most outstanding retirement living development in Australia.

The retirement village won the prestigious title at the Property Council of Australia annual awards night.

Wivenhoe development company, Mbark,director John Leo said he was ‘thrilled’ to receive the award.

“This award is as much a testament to the hard work and commitment of our amazing team, reinforced by the cooperation and support of our residents,” he said.

“We are delighted that our residents can share in this achievement.

“We are very proud to win the award but also humbled to be in the company of finalists who have produced numerous iconic projects.

“We are thankful for all the support we have had from the industry and the Wivenhoe and wider community.”

Mr Leo said Wivenhoe Village is an over 55’s community designed to have the best homes, facilities and community design, with specialised services and support catering for active retirees. 

“Wivenhoe Village has proven a very successful project and it remains particularly special, having been conceived in partnership with the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, who are the long-term owners of the land,” he said.

“We are most proud of the social, environmental and heritage outcomes the project has delivered for the local community and the unique offering of ‘redefined retirement’.”

The development includes 149 freestanding homes nestled amongst 120 hectares of protected Cumberland woodland. 

“Not only are they wonderful to live in now, but they will allow residents to age in their homes rather than being forced to relocate if their situation changes,” Mr Leo said.

“This purpose built approach allows for the ‘if and when’ component, where people may require accommodations to make their homes more suited to their needs” 

The village also has a community facility known as the Lodge, which houses an indoor heated swimming pool, a gym or and a cinema.

This is the second time Mbark have taken out the top honours at the awards with Wivenhoe’s sister village, the Arbour Berry, given the same award in 2014.