Bethania | Resident Stories

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 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