The Huon Valley, Tasmania – A Popular Retirement Destination
Tahune Airwalk | Tourism Tasmania | Garry Moore
The Huon Valley, south of Hobart, is a beautiful part of the world. You can enjoy living here and still be only half an hour (or more if you choose) from Hobart. It has long been a popular destination for people moving to Tasmania as it provides the perfect tree-change along with proximity to good services locally in Huonville and other towns, in Kingston (20 minutes towards Hobart) and in Hobart.
An article in The Mercury newspaper today talked about the growing trend for retirees to head to the Huon. The council is responding to ensure that appropriate services are in place as the local population gets older, which is of course happening to some degree everywhere. Of course, there are also many younger people on the region enjoying the lifestyle it offers.
The Huon Valley is set to become the ageing capital of Tasmania. A third of the population of 15,140 will be over 65 in 10 years. And the picturesque valley has become a popular lifestyle destination for retirees. In 2032, the Huon Valley will be home to 638 people aged 85 years and over.
Huon Valley Council mayor Robert Armstrong said the council’s ageing strategy will help to cope with the demand on transport and health services. He said safe areas for older people to cross streets, plenty of seats, toilets and shelter in parks, good signage and gently graded walking tracks will make the Huon Valley a friendly place for older people.
Pensioners Hilge Biehle, 77, and Janette Part, 71, are widowers who live in Abbeyfield – independent living accommodation for people 55 and over in Huonville. THeir husbands are buried at nearby Glen Huon lawn cemetery.
Mrs Part walks every week with a council walking group and she is a memeber of the Lions Club and the Cygnet Singers. Mrs Biehle is a member of Probusm the Cygnet Bowls Club, the Lions Club and Senior Citizens. “We’re never home”, she said.
Tasmania has the fastest ageing population of any state or territory.