“The garden that saved my life”


Ray and Sandy Summers, both in their mid 60s, have spent a lifetime working outdoors, with Ray previously employed as a farm manager in New Guinea and managing gardens in schools and retirement villages in Australia.

“When the doctor told me I had to stop working to save my health I thought it was the end of the world for me, I thought what’s there to do now?,” Ray said.

The couple knew they had to change the way they were living. They had friends living at Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange who were constantly asking them when they were coming to the community, and one day, three years ago they finally did.

“We had a look at a home, walked inside and that was it! We moved in and loved the lifestyle.

“Instead of feeling sorry for myself after retirement I got the garden going. A friend dropped around a wooden boat and we filled it up with potting mix, flowers and plants.

“We have memorial plants for Sandy’s mum and dad as well as my mum. I have a cutting of a 138 year old rose from the early 1800’s. My dad bought it home for mum, but now I look after it.

“Our new lifestyle has made me realise there’s another life after work and I can keep occupied with paddle boarding, fishing or gardening.

Better Homes and Gardens’ Graham Ross visits The Grange!


Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange played host to Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens TV crew earlier this month.

The popular DIY, renovation, gardening and cooking TV show was filming a 90 minute show focused on seniors lifestyle living in the Lake Macquarie region and will be aired this Friday 14th September from 7pm.

The residents were ecstatic, and a little overwhelmed, to welcome the celebrity gardener into their personal gardens and receive his advice on recognising species of flowers and plants and his assistance on how to keep insects and pests away, while signing the odd magazines and appearing in photos too.

The community’s communal herb and vege garden was a major feature with resident, Bev Wood and her family, receiving help from Graham with planting colour in the communal garden where residents can take clippings of veges and herbs for their cooking and place a coin donation to keep the garden alive and growing.

The rose garden, green wall of bromeliads and the men’s shed also received a helping hand from Graham.

The community’s Spring Garden competitors were also proud to show off their efforts just in time for their judging in late September.

The over 55s lifestyle community has a strong green spirit with dedicated and well-loved village management and grounds and maintenance keepers who are all loving life at The Grange and loving the associated health and wellness benefits the community is delivering together.

Thanks to all involved for making the TV shoot a success!

The Garden Keeper at The Grange


Being an avid outdoors person, it was no surprise resident Bev Wood has been head keeper of The Grange’s communal herb and vege garden for the past three years.

Bev said, “The garden has been created for all residents to take clippings off and use in their cooking, all just for the cost of a coin donation to keep the garden alive and growing.

“Some of the favourite items I see residents using include silverbeet, summer lettuce, tomatoes, spring onions, and oregano, basil and parsley.

“They love to make salads, frittata with eggs and silverbeet or greens and chilli fried up quickly,” she said.

Bev’s garden was a major feature in the Better Homes and Gardens TV segment with Graham lending a hand and inviting her grandchildren in to help plant more colour in the newly positioned herb and vege raised garden beds.

“My daughter’s really pleased to see me living here, she sees me glowing and busy doing things and I’m extremely happy.

“Moving in here I made a whole lot of friends and I really enjoy the lifestyle.

“Lifestyle living is lovely, it’s a real little community and reminds me as a kid where you used to know all your neighbours and you can chat to them and wave to them.

“It’s friendly, it’s what I really like about it,” Bev said.

Creating a close-knit bond for a good cause


Ingenia and Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) have joined forces to create a unique partnership supporting Australian families with seriously ill children.

Various groups of needle-sharp seniors participating in the Knitting from the Heart initiative, as part of the Ingenia Lifestyle Be Active program, have put their decades of knitting skills to work to create over 400 beanies, 30 teddy bears and countless other knitted goods such as scarves, knee blankets and handcrafted coat hangers for the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms.

The rooms are a warm and welcoming home away from home inside the hospital, away from the clinical environment of the wards.

Managed by volunteers, the family rooms contain lounge areas, sleeping rooms, laundries, cooking facilities and more. This means there is always somewhere the family can unwind.

In these rooms, as well as in the houses themselves, there are baskets containing hand knitted beanies and teddies for children and mothers to take as they desire, which is where all of our resident’s creations will be donated to.

Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania resident, Diana Culley, said the craft group meets weekly to create soft goods to sell and donate to various charities, including RMHC, the Fred Hollows Foundation, Red Cross Australia, Mission Possible and various drought relief efforts.

“In addition to supporting various charities, our knitting group provides hundreds of clothes, blankets and comfort toys to the Logan Hospital each year,  including soft octopi for premature babies to cuddle,” she said.

Spring into your new lease on life

Spring is a great time to get out of the house, socialise more and stimulate your mind and body with new activities, including decluttering and downsizing.

With the arrival of the Spring season you might be finding it the perfect time to reorganise, revitalise and pursue a fresh lease on life. And with these easy-to-integrate tips you can make the most of the fun-filled sunny days.

1. Try something new… just for the helluva it
Why not get together with a group of friends and start something new? Or look over your bucket list and plan your next adventure.

2. Spring Clean
Use the change of season to throw out or donate old clothes, linen, books and boxes of stuff you don’t use and open your eyes to things you’d forgotten you had.

3. Feeling thirsty?
In the warmer months we tend to drink a lot more tempting icy drinks like smoothies, juices and iced teas. Unfortunately though, these drinks have excessive amounts of sugar, so reach for the water as a first option and add a slice of lemon, lime or cucumber for flavour.

4. Get active
Exercise is vital for staying healthy throughout life. Take advantage of the longer hours of daylight by squeezing in an early morning or evening fitness activity. Why not make it fun by asking along a friend?

5. Look after yourself from within
After the cooler months fighting colds and other winter bugs, your body’s immune system could be exhausted. Incorporate additional booster foods such as garlic, fresh vegetables and lots of fibre into your diet.

6. Cook simply
Be inspired by the fresh spring air and abundant fresh produce around, to cook simply yet healthily. There are thousands of fuss-free recipes available that are both delicious and healthy.

7. Declutter, Downsize and Do More!
It feels great to declutter the home and open a cupboard door to find well-organised shelves and drawers, but what else is on your Spring to-do list? If you’re looking to head off on an adventure but need to unlock the equity in your home, downsizing could be the answer.

Moving to a smaller, more manageable home generally provides the chance to free up both capital and time, and take stock of a lifetime of collected possessions and connections to the family home.

By approaching it as a time to declutter and embark on a fresh new chapter in life, the joys of a more relaxed, unburdened lifestyle soon become apparent.

For more information on decluttering your home, click here

The Evolution of Retirement Living has Arrived!


Ingenia Lifestyle’s new Port Stephens lifestyle community, Latitude One, has launched the future vision of retirement living in perfect style.

The community welcomed Mayor Mr Ryan Palmer and local member Ms Kate Washington MP who joined Ingenia CEO Simon Owen to officially open the brand new display village on Saturday 21 July.

The gold-class community by Ingenia Lifestyle’s new Star Collection – the first of its kind for Ingenia – has had strong sales and enquiries since it launched, with more than 80 homes sold and its first residents moving in.

The display village opening saw more than 250 guests tour the six new display homes and experience Latitude One’s luxury lifestyle living for over 55s set within Anna Bay.

Port Stephens Mayor Mr Ryan Palmer, who opened the village with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, said while land leasing isn’t new to Port Stephens, it certainly had become a popular option for residents looking for flexibility, community and a relaxed lifestyle.

“Port Stephens is a popular region for retirees and, as a council, we’re working hard to ensure sustainable and balanced growth in this area,” Mr Palmer said.

“I don’t think anything can beat the way of life we have here – the natural beauty of beaches and bushland all around us, plus the convenience of being close to shops, services, and the airport, it really is the perfect place.

“I know the community values these things too, which is why it’s fantastic to be here to help launch the Latitude One Display village and celebrate our new residents in Port Stephens.”

Ingenia CEO Simon Owen said he was excited to open the new range of display homes and see the community come to life in the picturesque Anna Bay region.

“We are pleased to be building our presence in the region, with Latitude One joining our Soldiers Point and One Mile Beach Holiday parks in the area,” Mr Owen said.

“Our $100 million investment will see us create 270 new homes and an array of facilities, with community activities for everyone to enjoy.”

Industry news operator, The Weekly Source, recently shined a light on the land lease community industry and why we’re experiencing an accelerating customer demand for the unique ownership model. Publisher, Chris Baynes, attended the official launch of Latitude One and uses our new community as a case study to explain why the land lease community sector is reshaping retirement living. Click here to read more. 


Lara’s All-Aussie Adventurer Launches New Book


Over 55s lifestyle community, Ingenia Lifestyle Lara, helped their very own Aussie Adventurer, resident Bruce Richardson (R.Bruce) launch his new book, The Year.

Outlining his feelings prior to the exclusive launch, Mr Richardson was thankful that living in a lifestyle community allowed him to live out his dreams of publishing a book.

After travelling Australia for a year with wife Lynn, Mr Richardson has drawn on his experiences to vividly paint a picture of his incredible journey – his creative flair and unique perspective permeates through The Year and describes an adventure like no other touring the countryside in a camper-van, encountering magnificent Australian birdlife and other grey nomads, all with his partner and best friend for company.

Mr Richardson said living in Ingenia Lifestyle Lara allowed him to pursue his passion for exploring.

“I often travel far into the outback camping, exploring and birdwatching and record my experiences,” he said.

“Living in Lara has made it so much more achievable and comfortable for both myself and my wife.

“My book The Year allows me to share the experience with others – it was more than spending a year travelling, it was the journey of a lifetime.”

Mr Richardson expressed gratitude to the Ingenia Lifestyle Lara community for supporting his literary pursuits.

“This community helps to allow me to continue to follow my dreams travelling across Australia,” he said.

“Moving to Ingenia Lifestyle Lara was the best option for us at this point in our lives we do all the things we wanted to – it’s affordable, safe and a great community to be part of.”

Ingenia Lifestyle Lara Project Sales Manager Dianna McGrath said the community was excited for the book launch and to support Mr Richardson’s retirement dream.

“The community loves sharing their wins with each other and residents have an opportunity to pick up a copy of the book and have it signed too,” Ms McGrath said.

Head to Bruce’s website to find out more and to order a copy of the book online: www.rbruce.net/ 

Community Spirit Flows to all Corners of the World


No matter what corner of the world you may find yourself in, being part of a supportive community connects you up to all levels of kindness, great neighbours and lasting friendships.

For Mike and Anna Hedley, downsizing to over 50s lifestyle community, Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania assisted them to retire in comfort and follow their calling in life, to volunteer on mission trips in South East Asia, all the while, back at home the community spirit was kept well alight.

“It’s great to be a part of a community where we can lock up and go, we know our neighbours are able to look after the garden if it needs a water and keep an eye on our home – everyone in the community is so lovely, it makes being away less stressful and coming home even better.”

“We get to enjoy the full experience and lifestyle of living here and one of the greatest opportunities that Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania has allowed us is the safety and freedom to keep our hearts full and enjoy life,” Mike said.

Prior to downsizing, Mike and Anna had a long career owning and operating a wholesale company manufacturing and installing custom data cables for corporations in the mining sector, factories, hospitals, councils and churches.

They managed the business firstly under their Wishart home supplying clients stretching from the Gold Coast up to the northern tips of Queensland and after outgrowing their space they purchased an office and warehouse in Upper Mount Gravatt, giving them more opportunity to export internationally to Papua New Guinea.

After a long career they decided to purchase a home in a retirement community, settling into Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania about 10 years ago.

“Our years in our Bethania community have been ones of peace, prosperity and purpose – it’s our little piece of heaven on Earth – it’s clear the residents here are pleasant and truly enjoy life to the full.

“It has been a joyful experience for myself and my wife Anna, knowing we could retire, live in a great community and still follow our calling in life.

“I still go back to Asia two to three times a year while Anna stays at home – I can rest easy, when I am away, knowing Anna is in safe hands,” Mike said.

For more information on Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania please contact our Project Sales Manager, Leanne Tate on 0459 872 261 or visit www.liveinbethania.com.au

Be Active Baking Competition Heats Up


Residents from Ingenia Lifestyle Ettalong Beach had a chance to show off their cooking skills to guest judge, Paralympic gold medallist and local member for
Gosford, Lisle Tesch MP as part of the Be Active Community Cook Off Competition.

Aprons were on, tasting spoons were at the ready and the kitchen was heated up as residents of Ingenia Lifestyle Ettalong Beach put their baking skills to the test for guest judge, Paralympic gold medallist and local member for Gosford, Lisle Tesch.

Various baked goods were put up for the tasting as seniors at the over 55s community whipped up their favourite recipes and secret ingredients, and egg on a bit of friendly competition for the community cook off.

Ingenia Lifestyle Ettalong Beach Village Manager Paul Greentree said residents were thrilled to have local MP and seven-time Paralympian Ms Lisle Tesch tasting their treats.

“We were all thrilled Ms Tesch joined us – and she enjoyed all the treats on offer and morning tea,” Mr Greentree said.

“The village loves getting together and enjoying each other’s company – being able to host an event like this is great way for us to help residents keep social and feel special at the same time,” he said.

Ms Tesch awarded the winning baked goods to John Biernat’s pork and mushroom pasties. And we’ve got the recipe for you to try below!

Pork and Mushroom Casserole Pasties


Slow Cooker

2 Pork Chops – rind cut off

250 gms sliced mushrooms

1 can diced tomatoes

1 onion

½ red capsicum

1 bunch brocollini

½ sweet potato

1 tlb spoon chicken stock powder

1 egg (for egg wash)



Dice pork into small cubes

Dice onion, capsicum, brocollini and sweet potato into small cubes

Place ingredients into slow cooker

Add 1 tbl spoon chicken stock powder

Add diced tomatoes

Sprinkle sliced mushrooms on top of the ingredients (do not mix so that the mushrooms are not overcooked)

Cook on High Heat for 3 hours then on Low Heat for 3 hours

Leave overnight to thicken


Heat oven to 200C

Cut each Puffed Pastry sheet into 9 squares (larger if desired)

Add ½ tbl spoon of casserole into each and fold over to make triangle

Line oven tray with baking paper

Brush egg wash onto each triangle

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp


Experience the Latitude One Wow Factor


First residents to move in to Latitude One, Kenneth and Janette Scott, were thrilled when they first learnt about Ingenia Lifestyle Latitude One, saying it gave them that rare ‘wow factor’ they were hoping for.

“We had been searching for a home to downsize into for a very long time. We hadn’t found one that grabbed us until we came across Ingenia Lifestyle in our local shopping center and we were instantly interested.”

“When we saw the community – it had the instant wow factor,” Ms Scott said.

“None of the other communities we had seen even came close to Latitude One – they have certainly raised the bar.

“Our new home is perfect for us, we did downsize but it doesn’t feel like we had to sacrifice anything to do so – it’s so well designed, it has three bedrooms and even has an open plan living area, which is my favourite part.

“We enjoy going on holidays and being able to go travelling at a moment’s notice is something we want to make the most of at our age. In November, we are going on a cruise and we feel very secure leaving our home, the community is very safe.

“My husband and I have seen the plans for the new clubhouse too and can’t wait to enjoy all the activities that will be on offer – we love being social and getting to know everyone,” she said.

The centrepiece of Latitude One will be a multi-million dollar clubhouse and resort-style facilities including a cinema, library, sports bar and bowling green.

A wellness centre with a heated pool, gym and consulting rooms for visiting medical practitioners will also be available for residents.

Experience the wow factor with a tour of the brand new display village with the project sales team. Contact Sheree Richardson on 0408 295 737 or visit www.liveinportstephens.com.au for more information.