EVENT: Aged Care Living: Is the Development Industry Ready For Australia's Demographic Timebomb?


 The face of Australia's population is rapidly wrinkling under the weight of an ageing population, lower birth rates and slowing immigration.

In 2012, one in seven Australians were aged 65 or older. According to projections from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there will be one in four Australians over the age of 65 by 2056.

So how does the development industry meet these demands in a sensible and sustainable way?

The Urban Developer, in partnership with

ML Design, is pleased to invite you to a special presentation on the state of aged living in Brisbane.

The event will feature several keynote presentations followed by a panel discussion from industry leaders and international experts.
What is it about?

  • Brisbane City Council's vision and policies for an ageing population.
  • The fundamental design, community and lifestyle principles that form a sense of place.
  • An international perspective on aged housing trends and global design benchmarks.
  • The developer's perspective: How to deliver sustainable projects that meet the demand?
  • What are ageing Australians looking for in their housing and lifestyle choices?
  • Aged Care, Retirement Living, Assisted Living, Seniors Housing...What's the difference?

Held in the beautiful The Landing at Dockside, drinks and food will be included.

Who are The Speakers?

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk
Following his appointment as Lord Mayor of Brisbane in April 2011, Graham Quirk was elected as Lord Mayor by the people of Brisbane in 2012. Graham has a long record of service to Brisbane, celebrating 30 years with Council in 2015.

Over the course of his career, Graham has been responsible for delivering many positive outcomes and ongoing projects for the city. These include major infrastructure projects such as the TransApex network of cross city tunnels and bridges, the Road Action Program, improving public transport with Council’s entire bus fleet now fully wheelchair accessible and enhancing Brisbane’s capacity for long-term economic growth.

He continues to support measures to attract more events, visitors and investment to the city. This is evidenced by the multitude of world class events staged in Brisbane, such as the G20 Leaders’ Summit in 2014. As Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk is committed to delivering for Brisbane, Australia’s new world city.

Brent O’Neill, ML Design
With over 20 years’ experience, Brent’s capability as an urban designer and masterplanner has seen him play an integral role in delivering many of ML Design’s strategic design solutions. He has successfully delivered the vision for many complex lifestyle and  residential projects. These include most recently, the successful vision plan for Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Petrie Mill site.

Fascinated by understanding design as a philosophy, Brent approaches retirement living projects with the idea of creating a new family home. His unique approach to retirement living design is focused on collaborating with the development and property industry to deliver a community that promotes ageing in place without compromising on connectivity and cohesiveness."

Reja Bakh, Bakh Architecture
Reja BAKH is based in New York and Shanghai and also has local representation based on the Gold Coast.

Earlier in his career, BAKH had the privilege of working with Pritzker prize-winner Richard Meier.  With his own firm, BAKH Architecture, Reja regularly collaborates with Richard Meier on exceptional projects.

BAKH’s extensive portfolio includes projects encompassing quality hotels, mixed-use, residential, exhibition, museum and large-scale residential developments.

Reja has also completed numerous outstanding Master Planning projects incorporating hotels, entertainment precincts, parklands, mixed-use, commercial developments, education facilities and public space.

In China, a major cultural shift is underway where the elderly can no longer rely on their children to take care of them. A new project Reja is working on, in China, looks at how senior living is incorporated into a University precinct, with insight into the tangible benefits gained by the community and respective families.

Alison Quinn, Retire Australia
Alison Quinn is the Chief Executive Officer of RetireAustralia, the largest privately owned retirement village operator in Australia, with a portfolio of 28 villages nationally, including 3,700 villas and apartments.

Alison is one of Australia’s most experienced senior property executives with an extensive track record of success in the industry, having previously held positions as Executive General Manager Retirement at Aveo Group, CEO Growth Management Queensland for the Queensland State Government and Executive General Manager of Sanctuary Cover, a leading master-planned residential resort community on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

She has extensive development and investment experience in the property and constructions sector. Additionally, Alison has held Chair and Board memberships across multiple public sector growth projects.

Holding a degree in Commerce from the University of Queensland, Alison is currently a Council member for the Retirement Living Council at a national level.

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