Anglicare is moving into Rooty Hill to provide affordable homes for the area’s ageing population.
The not-for-profit organisation is building a $70 million retirement village on Rooty Hill Road South.
It will include 160 units, a 90-room residential aged care home, walking paths and access to Anglicare welfare services.
There will also be significant investment in retail and restaurants in the complex to create a village feel, according to chief executive Grant Millard.
Mr Millard said the project filled a significant gap in Blacktown’s aged care services.
“Older people in the LGA have very few options when it comes to retirement villages or supported independent living accommodation, which allow them to age in a place and live within the community for as long as possible,” he said.
More than 50,000 people living in the Blacktown local government area are over the age of 60 – about 15 per cent of the population.
That figure rose dramatically by about 10,000 people between 2011 and 2016, according to Census data.
In the Rooty Hill-Mount Druitt area, about 18 per cent of people are over 60, but there’s only one retirement centre within a seven-kilometre radius.
“Seniors will not only remain connected to the community and its services, but also have easy access to shops and services without the need for transport,” he said.
“Walking proximity to nearby Rooty Hill railway station provides access to Sydney and beyond.”
He said more than 300 part- and full-time jobs would be created both during the construction phase and through employment in aged care services, management and adjoining businesses.
All units will be available for lease, with most reserved for affordable renting and linked to the aged care pension rate.
The “inside-out” village will be open to the wider community to take advantage of new facilities.
Anglicare has invited the public to its information centre, which opens from today (October 3).
The information centre is located at shop 1, 2 Rooty Hill Road South.