Application for Over-50s housing estate before Council


Howard Salkow

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An application for material change of use has been lodged with Douglas Shire Council for an over-50s housing estate which will be located at 111-119 Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas. IMAGE: Port Pacific Developments Application
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Douglas Shire Council is currently reviewing an application for an over-50s housing estate which will be located at 111-119 Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas.

The development application identifies the applicant as Port Pacific Developments, but does not include any financial information.

According to the development application, the retirement village will be a gated community with dedicated onsite management attending to the day-to-operation including the maintenance of the communal facilities and landscaped areas, provision of onsite security and organising social events. 

The onsite manager’s office/accommodation adjoins the central facilities building. The proposed retirement village provides for a mix of outdoor and indoor communal features and facilities:


  • Clubhouse with kitchen/bar area;
  • 25m lap and leisure pools;
  • Lawn Bowls Green
  • Spa;
  • Billiards Room;
  • Cinema;
  • Fully landscaped parks and gardens;
  • Gymnasium;
  • Arts and crafts room;
  • Workshop; and
  • Dedicated visitor parking

The house sites range in area of 200m2 to 350m2 . Architectural house designs are nominated for each house site ensuring that there is a mix of one and two bedroom dwellings that also provide a variety of off-street parking options and private open space.

Additionally, the nomination of house designs ensures that built form of the development is consistent throughout the development.

The site has an area of 1.745 hectares. Access from the site to Port Douglas Road is via an existing service road. The site has various improvements including a gymnasium, a tennis court, a swimming pool and a pathway network that connects the existing Reef and Oaks Resorts.

The site generally falls from east to west, with most of the site draining to an existing drainage swale within the Mirage Country Club on the western boundary.

News Ltd reported a spokesperson for Port Pacific Developments said the gated community would include 42 one and two bedroom homes sprawled across the property between the Oaks Resort and Reef Resort.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said this is exciting and encouraging that people want to invest in the region.

“I am now looking forward to seeing how the proposal is viewed by Council’s planners,” he said.

The application is available on the Douglas Shire Council website at:

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