Sun, sand and long walks on the beach!
Trading in the suburbs for the sea means retirement has never looked so good for Rowes Bay Retirement Village resident Mel.
“We are directly across the road from the sea, it’s just gorgeous. We’ve got the prime spot in Townsville!” Mel says.
When her husband got sick six years ago, there were three things that were important to them when finding their new home; somewhere close to family, close to amenities and of course, close to the beach.
“It’s beautiful, there is a walkway all the way down to Pallarenda, or at the beach across the road there are entertaining areas and gym equipment. All of that is at our doorstep,
“Our motto here is ‘there’s no place I’d rather be!’”
She says the support of the Village community has helped her tremendously since losing her husband last year. Having a strong support network is exactly what he wanted for her.
“When we first came here, I made friends straight away and they have been so helpful since he passed away. I really am thankful that I live in a place like this.” She explains.
“So many people want to help, they call and check on me all the time. We’re just like one big family.”
Taking a step back and enjoying retirement, Mel says she is busier now than ever, but only with the things that truly matter!
“Everything is done for you here; there’s no maintenance, no mowing the lawn, no cleaning the pool - what more could you want at this time of your life?” she laughs.
“I would encourage people not to wait too long to make the move, we want to welcome new people and have them join in on the wonderful community life.”
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21 April 2023
Local retirement community keeping things fresh
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25 November 2022
Tropical-themed opening brings Rowes Bay community together
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27 October 2022
Postcards project breaks down age and language barriers
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26 September 2022
Social atmosphere at Rowes Bay brings John out of his shell
For Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay Retirement Village resident, John, Townsville has always been the place he came back to. It was the place he joined the Royal Australian Air Force, it was where he was discharged after 22 years of service and it was where his two sons were born.
03 June 2022
Market fare, home-made goods at Rowes Bay Market Day
Local craft, plants and goods will be on sale when Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay Retirement Village at Townsville opens its doors for its annual Market Day on Saturday, 11 June.
18 May 2022
Volunteering an unexpected joy for Holly
Bolton Clarke volunteer, Holly, started volunteering at Rowes Bay in July 2020. She was looking for a new opportunity and instead says she found ‘great and unexpected joy’!
11 February 2022
Community a lifetime connection for local Centenarian
Community is key for Townsville local Minna Ede, who this week celebrated her 100th birthday at Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay. The Centenarian has lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression and now a pandemic. Despite the adversity, she says the secret to living a long life is to find happiness in the people around you.
29 November 2021
Empowerment, connection underpin volunteer’s work
Jason left the United Kingdom in October 2018, and after travelling through the Middle East and Asia had planned to spend a year in sunny Australia. Luckily for the Bolton Clarke community, he ended up staying a lot longer!
10 November 2021
Ex-RAAF Reservists solve 40-year-old plane wreck mystery
Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay Retirement Village resident Bruce has always had a special interest in military aircrafts. As an ex-reservist in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and a Townsville local, he has spent a lifetime researching and studying crash sites in the local area.
20 September 2021
Rowes Bay sisters heed adventure’s call
For sisters and Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay retirement village residents Margie Scorse and Lynne Clancy there’s no place like home – but that hasn’t stopped them answering the call of adventure to explore Australia in style.
12 July 2021
Rowes Bay residents explore indigenous art and food
Residents at Rowes Bay residential aged care community have celebrated Australia’s indigenous heritage last week as part of NAIDOC Week commemorations.
05 July 2021
Rowes Bay says ‘cheers’ to 30 years
Residents living at Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village have gathered to say cheers to 30 years of Rowes Bay with a special luncheon and a market day for the whole community.
01 March 2021
The best of both worlds for Margaret and John
For Margaret and John Hetherington, moving to Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village has given them a lifestyle with the best of both worlds.
01 January 2021
Water smart smiles for retirement village residents
Residents of Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village in Townsville have been the happy recipients of some water smart products from Townsville City Council. The roll out has been a great success, putting smiles on residents’ faces and encouraging physical activity in the gardens, proving that sometimes the grass is greener on the other side.
13 August 2020
Excellence in Rowes Bay: aged care worker receives State award
Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay Diversional Therapist Chezz Thompson has been named best in the state, winning the Leading Aged Services Australia (QLD) Awards for Excellence for an Individual working in aged care.
18 November 2019
Rowes Bay community steps into the future
A 30-bed dementia wing built to best practice design will be part of a major redevelopment at Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay residential aged care community in Townsville.
03 October 2019
Enjoy a Tea and Tour at Rowes Bay
Find out more about beachside retirement living in Townsville, join us for a friendly cuppa and meet some of our residents every Thursday from 10am-12pm. No booking required.