Ryman Healthcare’s expansion into Australia continues as it announces plans to build a new $95 million retirement village in Mount Martha, Victoria.

Ryman Group Development Manager Andrew Mitchell said the village was being built in response to a shortage of retirement living and aged care options on the Mornington Peninsula.

“Demand is going to grow for retirement living options and it is an area where the Australian Department of Health has identified as having an urgent need for additional dementia care.’

“Mount Martha is a well-established and sought after suburb and is already home to a large number of retirees. Our aim is to build a village where residents can live independently, with the peace of mind of knowing there is aged care on hand if they need it.’’

The new retirement village will offer peninsula residents a range of living options from independent living right through to aged care and specialist dementia care. The new village will include an indoor pool, hair and beauty salons, a bowling green, and a movie theatre.

Mitchell said Ryman would be consulting with neighbours before submitting development plans.

Ryman Group Sales and Community Relations Manager Debbie McClure said she would love to hear from community groups interested in the project and from any local residents who had naming suggestions, in keeping with Ryman’s tradition of naming its villages after well known local people.

“The best suggestions come from the people who know the place well so we’d love to hear any suggestions there are out there.’’

The company opened its first village in Melbourne in 2014. This will be its seventh Australian village.

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