Bungendore is a small town in the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council Local Government Area with a rapidly growing population. The majority of the working community work in Canberra or Queanbeyan during the day .
Its residents enjoy a rural lifestyle, with principal industries being beef and sheep production, vineyards and emerging new ventures such as alpacas, berries, lavender and nuts. There is also a large and thriving artistic community comprising writers, poets, film-makers, musicians, specialty crafts people and small cottage industries.
In 2011, Bungendore township had the highest population density of the Council area and was one of the largest growing towns in NSW for 2012 (over 40% increase). In the 2011 census, Bungendore population was 3740 residents, with a further 1676 in the immediate surrounding area. Census statistics for the area indicated that there are over 700 people aged over 55 years – of these some 150 are single, and around 100 are ‘lone in house’.
Current census statistics (2017) for the area show a rapid increase in the over fifty-five age bracket. Figures also show that the median rent in Bungendore – roughly $450 per week – is almost 20% higher than the NSW average. The impact of this puts rental properties out of the reach of many seniors. Another recently released document – NSW Government’s South East and Tableland Regional plan 2036 – recommends that Councils address changing patterns in housing. They need to have more housing flexibility to cater for increased single person households and aged persons, as well as more affordable accommodation. The Abbeyfield House meets these objectives very well
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