New era for Living Choice and Flagstaff Hill Golf Club

PHOTOS BY BRAD GRIFFIN

Saturday 15th June marked an exciting new chapter in the history of both Flagstaff Hill Golf and Living Choice. It was also a wonderful day for Youth Opportunities, with Living Choice directors Graham Hobbs and Ian Tregoning donating $100,000 towards Personal Leadership Programs for youth who need extra support.

Watched by a cheering crowd, Ian and Graham joined club captain Paul Shillabeer, State Member for Davenport, Steve Murray and Federal Member for Kingston, Amanda Rishworth to “break the ground” for Stage 1 of SA’s first fully integrated golf course retirement community. The ceremony was officiated by popular SA identity, Keith Conlon OAM, who is also Living Choice’s ambassador.

Stage 1, which has been given the green light by the Onkaparinga Council, comprises 42 villas which will be built on the old practice fairway. Stage 2 will include a state-of-the-art clubhouse with shared facilities for both club members and village residents. Plans are also being lodged for more than 140 luxury apartments.

Ian thanked the Onkaparinga Council for its “can do” attitude and said the village and clubhouse would be a showpiece for the state. “We want Living Choice Flagstaff Hill to be the hub of the community and we’re excited to be on our way.”

Highlighting the many advantages for future village residents, Graham, a keen golfer, said many golf clubs were struggling to attract members and to prosper, they needed to have a “point of difference”. He applauded the golf club board and the members for their initiative and said the club now had a bright future.

State MP Steve Murray, who played a vital role in obtaining the revocation of public open space to facilitate the development, said the club was at the heart of the community and it was important to secure its financial future. Club captain Paul Shillabeer said the board’s goal was to make the club the best in Adelaide and that the village would be unique in Australia.

Federal Member Amanda Rishworth praised Living Choice for its great track record in building innovative communities. She also congratulated the directors on their contribution to Youth Opportunities and their support of both young and older people.