Australia Breaks Ground on Gay Retirement Home

Australia is breaking new ground with plans to build its first retirement village for gays in Ballan, Victoria.

The Moorabool Leader, a newspaper in nearby Melbourne, says the multimillion-dollar facility will feature 120 units, with construction beginning spring 2009.

The village, Linton Estate, is the first of its kind in Australia.

Developer Peter Dickson said Linton will be marketed “to the gay community but it will be a facility that is tolerant of all people, if they are tolerant of others.”

It will feature typical retirement home facilities, including a pool, tennis courts, open-air theater, and spa.

Moorabool Mayor Dianne McAuliffe said the council’s approval of the project was based on the development plans themselves, and not who would live there.

–Julia Hengst/


“It’s a gay old world in Ballan”
Moorabool Leader, July 22, 2008

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