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Mt Eliza Aged Care and Retirement Village


Ryman Healthcare has received approval to build a retirement village and aged care facility at 60-70 Kunyung Road, Mt Eliza.

The development includes the restoration of the historic Moondah Mansion, which will be returned to its former glory as the main building and village centre.

The new Ryman village will include 60 aged care beds, 27 assisted living suites and 104 independent living apartments, set in beautifully landscaped surrounds.

Rich in amenities, the village will include a bowling green, café, dining and lounge areas, billiards room, pool, gymnasium, activities room, craft room, residents’ work shop, hairdressing and beauty salon, place of worship and much more.

Importantly, the village will allow Mt Eliza residents to remain in their community close to family and friends as their housing, lifestyle and healthcare needs change.

An ideal location

  • 60-70 Kunyung Road, Mt Eliza, is an 8.9 hectare site directly adjacent to the established Mt Eliza residential area.
  • The site has previously been used as a private retreat, a public hotel and an education centre (most recently as the Mt Eliza Business School).
  • The property is already extensively developed with a 42-room mansion, accommodation blocks, employee housing, storage buildings and internal roads.
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Restoring a heritage treasure

The Moondah Mansion is more than 130 years old and will be restored to its former glory as part of Ryman’s village development.

  • Ryman has already spent $800,000 restoring the property’s historic gatehouse.
  • Careful design ensures that Moondah Mansion will retain its significance on the site, as the main building and centre of village activities.
  • The 42-room Victorian mansion was built for James Grice in 1888. Sir Reginald “Reg” Ansett bought Moondah in 1947 and transformed the building into a 5-star luxury hotel.
  • It was run as an education centre from 1957, most recently as the Mt Eliza Business School.
  • Ryman purchased the property from the University of Melbourne in 2016.
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Creating local jobs

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construction jobs

The Ryman village will create 250 jobs during its construction. Our construction team always prefers local subcontractors and suppliers wherever possible, which will create local jobs and help spur Victoria’s post-COVID economic recovery.

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permanent jobs

Once open, the village will create more than 200 permanent jobs for locals in aged care and activities, housekeeping and catering, gardening and maintenance as well as management and administration.

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for local businesses

The village will also support local Peninsula businesses including florists, food and beverage suppliers, healthcare providers, and entertainers.

Meeting community needs

Older Mt Eliza locals have worked hard all their lives, contributed to their community, and want to stay close to family, friends and social networks in the place they love.  Ryman’s Mt Eliza project will allow them to do just that – in a beautiful, green village close to all local amenities and with the historic Moondah Mansion at its heart.

Mt Eliza has an ageing population, a strong demand for residential aged care, and a lack of supply. 

Right now in the proposed village’s catchment area there is already an undersupply of aged care of almost 200 residential beds. If no more aged care beds come online, the shortfall will be more than 1,500 beds by 2032.

Mt Eliza Timeline

May 2017  Ryman Healthcare purchased Moondah Estate from Melbourne Business School

April 2018  Ryman Healthcare held community consultation days

November 2018  Ryman Healthcare held additional community consultation days

November 2019  Ryman Healthcare received a permit from Heritage Victoria to restore the Heritage listed gatehouse at the frontage of the property.  Ryman Healthcare submitted the development application to Mornington Peninsula Council.

January 2020  Mornington Peninsula Council requested further information in relation to the development application

February 2020  Works commenced to restore the gatehouse

April 2020  Mornington Peninsula Council requested additional information in relation to the development application

May 2020  Advertising of the development application commenced

July 2020  Mornington Peninsula Council refused the application at a councillors meeting

August 2020  Ryman Healthcare have lodged an appeal to VCAT

November 2020  Restoration works to the Heritage Gatehouse completed

January 2021  Ryman Healthcare lodged amended plans to VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal)

March 2021  VCAT Hearing

July 2021  VCAT Decision

August 2021  Ryman relodge new development application based on VCAT recommendations

October 2022 VCAT Hearing 

December 2022 VCAT decision approves Ryman's permit application

A Ryman Village

Ryman villages, such as our proposed Mt Eliza village, are purpose-built and operated to become part of the communities they serve.

Villages enable residents to stay in the communities they have lived in, worked in and brought their families up in – places where they have put down roots.

In a Ryman village, couples can take comfort in the knowledge that if they have different health needs they can still be cared for within the same village, and in the same community they know and love.

Ryman Healthcare began with a vision: to improve the way older people lived and to provide aged care at a standard that was only acceptable when it was good enough for your own Mum and Dad.

Ryman is an operator, not a developer, in retirement living and aged care. And we’re here for the long haul to meet the needs of the Mt Eliza community.

To find out more about living in a Ryman village, download our free guide.


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