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Jack and Lorraine Hardwick, both 72, are getting ready to move into their new two-bedroom apartment, part of the $1 billion Aveo Springfield retirement community, officially opened last week. Photo: Tara Croser.BEING close to family, the prospect of new friends, social activities and no maintenance, have sold Lorraine and Jack Hardwick on Aveo’s $1 billion Springfield development.The Hardwick’s, both aged 72, just settled on a two-bedroom apartment in Aveo Springfield officially opened by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palacuzzak last week, and are getting ready for their big move. Aveo Springfield.And while the Hardwicks don’t know anyone at the complex just yet, Mrs Hardwick said she was sure it wouldn’t be long before they had plenty of new friends.Aveo Group chief executive officer Geoff Grady said they were thrilled to officially open what was set to be Australia’s largest integrated retirement community, with stage one finished and ready for residents to move in.“This community’s location, together with our on-site amenities, truly demonstrates Aveo’s commitment to grow with older Australians by ensuring good health, providing greater living choices and giving a peace of mind not only to our residents but the wider community,” he said.Located in Springfield Central’s Healthy City and next to the Mater Private Hospital, the 10ha full-service retirement village will boast more than 2,500 residences on completion.The 15 year project offers a variety of living options, including independent living units and a world-class aged care centre. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Aveo Group Chairman Seng Huang Lee officially opening the $1 billion Aveo Springfield retirement community. Photo: Tara Croser.Mrs Hardwick said her paramedic son-in-law sold her on the development, having seen a lot of retirement communities and being very impressed with the Aveo model.Moving from their family home of 15 years in Forest Lake, Mrs Hardwick said they wanted to stay close to their family in Augustine Heights and love the idea that they can head off in their caravan without having to worry about maintaining their home.“We’re also looking forward to all the activities on-site,” she said “You don’t have to drive anywhere, it makes it a lot easier to be social.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago Aveo Springfield.Springfield Land Corporation chairman Maha Sinnathamby offered congratulations to Aveo and warmly welcomed the new residents.“Multi-generational living is an important and indispensable part of our masterplan and to have Aveo Springfield situation in our Health City precinct signals that we continue to be strongly dedicated to enhancing social and human capital in this regard,” he said.“Greater Springfield is growing rapidly and has so much to offer people of all ages with opportunities to live, learn, work and play at the core of what makes this region a true destination of choice.”The fully-integrated retirement village incorporates a child care centre, wellness centre, shops and cafes aimed at giving all generations the ability to spend time together as a family.