AN ALBURY retirement village hopes to attract more residents following a $300,000 revamp of its community centre.
The building at Murray Gardens Retirement Village was opened by former mayor Patricia Gould last night.
She also opened the original building back in 1988.
Retire Australia acquired Murray Gardens in 2006 and made the investment to give residents a sense of pride in their home.
Managing director at Retire Australia Tim Russell said the building was used often and would attract people.
“You’ve really got to keep the village current to stay competitive,” Mr Russell said.
“A good village is one that’s fully occupied with good community spirit, so we need to invest in it to ensure we retain that demand.
“The community centre is like their own home, and when people buy houses here and spend money to live here they want it to be nice.”
The building is the focal point of the village providing a pool table, dance floor, bar, dining area, library and kitchen for 175 houses.
Adjoined to the building are 30 serviced apartments where residents who require linen and meal services live.
“The benefit of having the serviced apartments joined to the main building is that it makes sitting easier for people who are less mobile to access all the facilities.”
Resident committee chairman Ron Russell praised the new building.