Media Release by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Recognising excellence in housing for seniors

I’m pleased to congratulate the recipients of the National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Award for 2014.

The Award is sponsored by the Commonwealth and forms part of the Masters Builders Australia Excellence in Building and Construction Awards.

It recognises best practice in the design and construction of homes that meet the needs and aspirations of Australia’s seniors.

The Award helps to promote age-friendly environments that maintain, and even improve, the health and wellbeing of people as they age.

Awards were given in two sub-categories: Purpose-Built Detached Dwelling and Multi-Unit Development.

The Azure Blue Carina Integrated Living Project, constructed by Cockram Construction Limited, received the multi-unit category award, and the Grange Lifestyle Village in Wagga Wagga, constructed by Nash Brothers Constructions Pty Ltd, was awarded for its purpose-built detached homes.

Age-friendly and adaptable housing is essential to meet the needs of older Australians.

Our population is ageing, and older Australians today look forward to a far more active future than their predecessors. They have a lifetime of experience to offer the nation and actively contribute to work, family and community life.

Most older Australians want to remain independent and live in their own home for as long as possible.

The Government implemented a range of important changes to the aged care system on 1 July to give older Australians more choice, more control, and more of the services they need to stay in their own home for longer.

Demand for builders who understand and respond to the housing needs of an ageing will increasing significantly, and I’m pleased to see the industry stepping up to the challenge.

Congratulations to all entrants for their efforts and innovation in this important area of housing need.