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30 July, 2021

Home sweet home at the Parks

Shirley Bird (87) and Betty Kehrer (84) have been living at Aveo The Parks retirement community in Earlville ever since it opened in 1996.

Shirley Bird was the first resident at the community, which this year celebrates her 25th anniversary residing at The Parks.

Ms Bird said she had stayed at the community for 25 years because it took the hassle out of living independently.

“The facilities that are provided are great, the gardening all gets done, we have wonderful staff, and if we need help with something we get it,” she said.

“If we have a light blown or anything we just ring the office and somebody will come and change it, which makes a tremendous difference when you can’t get up a step ladder anymore or things like that.”

Ms Kehrer said it was a quiet, comfortable and easy place to live.

“It’s convenient and close by to shopping, doctors, and anything you might need, plus we have a community bus that will take us if we don’t have transport ourselves,” she said.

“They have various things happening in the community centre which you can choose to join in if you want. You can do as much or as little as you like.”

The secure gated community has 157 units and facilities such as a snooker table, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor bowls, barbecue area, table tennis, library, hair and beauty salon, and community centre.

Assistant Community manager Kerrie Gregoric said the community created a sense of companionship for retirees, especially those who were single.

“We have exercise classes four days a week, movie matinees, arts and crafts, a ukulele group, social nights, games, a men’s forum, and regular excursions to different places,” she said.

“Some people love the activities, others like to do their own thing, and the community provides the freedom to live the life you want.”

The community currently has independent living properties for sale. For more information visit

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