The State Government has paved the way for the first integrated golf course/retirement village in South Australia following the Revocation of Open Space Proclamation on a portion of Flagstaff Hill Golf Club land.

The announcement was made by Steve Murray, Member for Davenport, at a Captain’s Meeting on Thursday night 14th June and was greeted by warm applause by the members.

The retirement community, to be developed by Living Choice, is set to comprise 150 homes, including 42 villas and 108 apartments. The clubhouse will also be significantly upgraded to include a number of new facilities, such as an indoor heated pool, cinema, refurbished restaurant, bar and coffee shop, licensed deck, golf simulators, juniors’ lounge, gymnasium, hair salon and library.

Club Captain Paul Shillabeer said the revocation was a significant step in ensuring the future of the Flagstaff Hill Golf Club. “We now look forward to working with Living Choice and the Onkaparinga Council through the planning process for the development. Special thanks to Steve Murray MP, Member for Davenport for his support through this first stage.”

Steve Murray said the club had been an important part of the community for many years and he was pleased to assist in obtaining Cabinet’s endorsement of the revocation. “The end result is a momentous step in the journey to where this club wants to go and will ensure its future viability and provide more opportunities for young people.”

Simon Channon from town planning firm URPS said the revocation would enable Living Choice and the golf club to lodge applications for the land division, clubhouse alterations and additions and the villas, followed by an application for the apartments. “We’ve had very good feedback from the City of Onkaparinga and look forward to working further with Council.”

According to Jason Sack, General Manager of Living Choice, there has already been strong enquiry for the retirement community. “Living Choice already has a great track record with 9 operating villages in three states, including the award-winning Fullarton village and the Woodcroft village, where we have just opened a $7-million leisure centre.”