Making way for Australia’s first dementia village

DEMOLITION of buildings on a site next to Cosgrove High School is well underway to make way for a ground-breaking Australian-first dementia village in Glenorchy.

Built with the assistance of the Commonwealth Government, the Korongee project is a partnership between Glenview, HESTA and Social Ventures Australia.

The village structure will be based on a typical Tasmanian streetscape that allows residents to feel at home and wander freely within a safe and supported environment.

The entire site for the village, located next door to Cosgrove High School and behind the old Telstra Business Centre on Main Road, is being levelled to provide a blank canvas ready for construction to begin in the middle of the year.

Spectran Group, who was awarded the demolition contract following a considered application process, started work just after Christmas with the safe removal of asbestos in the old Telstra buildings.

The remaining demolition works are expected to continue until mid-March.

Recycled debris from the demolition will be used as infill to level the site.

Korongee project development manager Liz Thomas said the start of the demolition was an exciting landmark in the Korongee timeline.

“It’s wonderful to see the physical progression of Korongee after so much hard work throughout the planning phase,” she said.

“Now that demolition has begun, we can start to really see the project take shape and we are still on track with our plans to begin construction in the middle of the year.”

Ms Thomas said consultation with the community was “extremely important” to the success of Korongee.

She said site neighbours had been kept informed of developments.

“It’s fantastic that we can bring an Australian-first project to Glenorchy and we think it will be a wonderful inclusion to the community,” she said.

“Once complete, the broader community will be encouraged to visit the village to enjoy the gardens, use the supermarket, visit the beauty salon, watch a movie at the theatre of have a coffee in the café.”

Alongside the jobs generated during the demolition and construction process, Korongee will create around 100 permanent jobs in the local Glenorchy community when the village opens in 2019.

For more information about the Korongee project, visit or phone 6277 8800.

Caption: Demolition begins on the Korongee site.