In her element
Written on the 9 September 2009
Developer Chiou See Anderson knows a thing or two about fighting for what you believe in. In 2003, the 41-year-old sold her home and set out to raise sufficient capital to buy an 3.68ha site at Springwood formerly owned by John Paul College for $1.2 million.
This month work starts on her grand vision – the $60 million pre-retirement community, Elements Third Age Living @ You have successfully tapped into a market where demand is set to soar given Australia’s rapidly ageing population.
With demographic playing such a vital role, what’s the point of difference with this project?
Rather than building just a village, I wanted to create an environment that fosters meaningful relationships and values the importance of a healthy mind, body and spirit.
In order to complement the natural environment, including an adjoining koala sanctuary, the homes will be fitted with a range of sustainable features including water tanks and solar powered heating.
Elements Third Age Living @ Springwood is based on the philosophy of successful ageing, which allows each resident to enhance their third age – or the period after our families have left home and full-time careers take a back seat.
The process involved a battle with local council for DA that went all the way to the Planning and Environment Court. Were you confident of a result?
You have a background in mining accounting. How did that help to prepare you?
In 2006, you were awarded a doctoral scholarship at Bond University and given a position on a national research team exploring senior living alternatives in Australia. You are now doing a PhD. How important is it to be constantly learning in your space?
What keeps you grounded?
Is there a business mantra that you adhere to?