About Us

Hello, and welcome to Elements Retirement Living. Elements @ Springwood and Elements @ Con Noi Carindale offer over 50’s living at its best.

Elements retirement living villages - Springwood and Con Noi Carindale

Elements Retirement Living

Elements Retirement Living consists of two retirement villages in Brisbane. Elements @ Springwood and Elements @ Con Noi Carindale.

It started with Elements @ Springwood opening in 2010.

Elements retirement living @ Springwood
Elements Retirement Living aerial view

The village was painstakingly planned and designed to promote resident wellbeing in five key areas; physical, spiritual, social, psychological and financial.

In 2010 the vision came to life when Elements Retirement Living at Springwood opened its doors and welcomed its first residents.

Chiou See Anderson’s hand-on approach to management and close relationships with Elements’ residents has seen the success of her design philosophy evolve to include 123 single storey villas hidden among a spacious 48,100m2 of land.

In 2022, it grew with the acquisition of Elements @ Con Noi Carindale.

Elements Retirement Living at Con Noi Carindale
Elements retirement living village at Con Noi Carindale Brisbane

An alignment of philosophies about how retirement villages should operate, made Con Noi Village at Carindale the perfect fit for Chiou See Anderson’s retirement asset portfolio.

 

Ms Anderson, the owner-operator of Elements @ Springwood Retirement Village has recently acquired the boutique village from the Vacenti group, for an undisclosed amount.

 

To be renamed Elements @ Con Noi Carindale, Ms Anderson said it was fortuitous that she would take ownership on February 1 which is the first day of the Chinese Year of the Tiger.

We provide care and support options for Assisted Living needs.

To those residents requiring assisted living, Elements introduced additional care and support, which can easily be delivered without the need to alter our modern two and three bedroom homes. We have also formed partnerships with well-respected and trusted health, security and care providers.

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We send this welcome message.

From Elements Managing Director and Founder, Ms Chiou See Anderson

Hello, and welcome to Elements Retirement Living. Our village, nestled amidst the eucalypt trees of the Daisy Hill forest, is located in Springwood, a southern suburb of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. We are approximately 21km from the Brisbane CBD and 53km to the Gold Coast.

The village includes a community / wellness centre, zen garden and close proximity to a range of shops, cafes, hospitals, golf courses, major shopping centres, local pubs and clubs, schools, places of worship, public transport and personal services and amenities.

The site where Elements is today was formerly the John Paul College playing fields and backs on to the Daisy Hill State Forest. Conservation of the local flora and fauna is important to us with Elements donating over 11 hectares of this bushland for public use. Our village grounds have been planted with natives to attract birds and bees and the entire village is fauna-friendly-fenced, so local wallabies can visit freely.

Connectivity is one of the key features of Elements where the design philosophy focuses on fostering wellbeing.

We have our own private, next-generation fibre optic network enabling residents to access the fastest possible internet speeds. We introduced what we believe is an Australian first and an initiative we are proud of- a personal tablet, cloud based communication hub allowing residents to connect to each other and village management.

We really are a community within a community.

Our vision is grounded in Third Age Living approach to life.

Group shot of Elements retirement living residents during 2021

Third Age Living – Elements Retirement Villages Brisbane are retirement living for this stage of your life.

Elements are Pet friendly retirement villages

We are a family here at Elements, and pets, great and small, are part of that dynamic and are always welcome.

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Meet Our Team

Chiou-See Anderson

Founder/Managing Director

Born in Singapore, Chiou See arrived in Brisbane in 1988 to complete her Accounting degree at QUT. Over the next 15 years, she had a variety of careers spanning from managing a 2 site Ford dealership, accounting for an Italian coal mining company and marketing for a large Queensland legal firm before starting a business advisory consulting business.

During her business advisory career, Chiou See’s clients included family businesses, the Queensland government and various construction industry unions. A subsequent business review of the Royal Queensland Aero Club resulted in a full-time appointment. During the 5-year tenure, an international flying school and an aircraft engineering school were added to the portfolio and Chiou See successfully secured the first overseas airline training contract to Brisbane in the early 2000s.

In 2003, whilst completing her MBA, Chiou See’s class modelled the aggregate purchasing power of the world’s ageing population. Later that year, she secured a block of land in the Daisy Hill koala habitat with a view to starting a retirement village. A development application refusal resulted in a lengthy and costly appeal in the Planning & Environment Court. The preliminary court approval was finally handed down in Jan 2007 with final negotiations concluding in Mar 2008.

Two weeks before the commencement of the trial in 2006, Chiou-See was awarded a doctoral scholarship at Bond University as a member of an Australian Research Council team into housing options for the Australian ageing population. Much of that research and data fed into the re-design and conceptualisation of what Elements is today.

Elements finally opened in September 2010. Today, there are 108 homes, a state-of-the-art Clubhouse, amazing gardens and over 150 residents. Construction of the balance of 15 homes started in October 2017 with an estimated completion date of June 2018.

In 2010, Chiou-See was recognised by the Urban Development Institute of Australia as a Rising Star. In 2013, she won the inaugural Gold Coast Women in Business Innovation Award for her contributions to her industry. Finally in 2017, Elements received a special commendation Award for Innovation in at the Property Council of Australia’s National Retirement Living Awards.

Chiou See is a qualified CPA with an MBA and an abandoned PhD. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is mother to Christopher – an Electrical Apprentice, Jessica – a Sports Science graduate turned happy Barista and Olivia – an aspiring Accountant.

Life Philosophy? Living your life is like running a business – Have a go and make sure to do good along the way and at the end of the day, try to end up with more debits than credits

Olivia Anderson

Village Administration

Olivia Anderson works in the Village Administration department. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Bond University and is currently undertaking her Certified Practising Accountant’s studies. Soon, she will be able to add her CPA status to her years of experience in the hospitality and retail industries.

Olivia knows all about our village as she used to live in a caravan with her mother right on the spot where the complex is built. Through the years she’s seen our village grow and mature with great interest and admiration and is now part of the wonderful community it has become. Olivia has worked at Elements in various capacities ever since our first residents moved in and considers our village to be her second home. When she’s not working together with and assisting our residents in all aspects of administrative work, Olivia likes to read, practice yoga and go to the beach. Spending time with friends and family also comes high up on her list of most important activities.

Olivia likes to live according to the words of the American transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “the purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

Kley McPherson

Marketing Manager

Kley has been involved in Elements since the idea was first mooted by his good friend Chiou See some years back.

Kley brings with him 20+ years experience in running his own businesses, several decades of marketing, customer service, management and business development and a passion to contribute to Elements and the broader wellbeing of the ageing and retirement segments within our society.

Dana Voyle

Village Management

Dana Voyle is a key member of our village management team at Elements.  Having worked in IT in New Zealand for fifteen years, she migrated to Australia with her family 15 years ago. Since then, she has worked in education and spent over ten years in the over 50s and retirement industries bringing her valuable experience to Elements four years ago.

Dana is married to Rodney and they have two daughters. Although the rest of both their families are still in New Zealand she loves it when they come to visit. When she’s not entertaining visiting family and friends, she is out and about keeping active in body and mind.  She appreciates the combination of great food, great wine and great company.

Dana’s says her job never feels like work; the surroundings are stunning; my team is incredible and our community is amazing.

Liz McGrath

Village Management

Elizabeth (Liz) McGrath is part of the Elements Retirement Village Management team, working closely with Con Noi Carindale and Springwood village communities.

Q&A WITH LIZ

How long have you been part of the Elements Community?

I started with the Elements Team in Feb 2022

What is your favourite thing about the Elements Community?

My absolute favourite thing about the Elements Community is the positive and humorous culture that is reflected through the resident and staff morale.

What are the values that drive you to work in this industry?

The values driving me are love and respect for the people I am working for and with.

If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be?

Over excited all rounder.

What do you think is the best activity at Elements?

Coffee & happy hour, its lovely to hear the laughter echoing through the building.

How did you get into the industry?

I was working fly in fly out for the last 7 years, I wanted to step back from corporate, take a part-time position and work close to my family. 

What does Ikigai mean to you?

I had to Google this word, taking this role has certainly improved my personal ‘Igikai’ – not sure if that makes sense; previously I was living to work, I had a very stressful role, a lot of responsibility and the result of that over a long period of time resulted in a lack of physical, emotional, and mental presence for myself and my young family.

What do you think sets Elements apart from other Retirement Villages?

I personally believe that Chiou See’s care factor, the level of consideration and genuine compassion inspires the entire Elements Team, and that sets Elements apart from other communities. 

What would you say to someone considering Elements for their retirement?

I would suggest that anyone considering an Elements Living community lifestyle read Chiou See’s story and why Chiou See created the Elements Living community, this would give the prospective resident a clear understanding of the conception, evolution, and culture.

Favourite Elements Event to date?

I am looking forward to International Women’s Day dinner and St Patricks Day events, unfortunately I missed the big Chinese New Year event.

How do you spend your time outside of Elements?

I spend all of my time outside of work with my family, we like to go to the Gold Coast, where I grew up for stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, surfing and seeing our extended family.  I am very lucky and grateful to have a beautiful family to share my life and love with.

Damian Schnitzerling

Village Head Gardener

Damian Schnitzerling is Elements Retirement Village’s head gardener and horticulturalist. With more than 25 years of experience in the plant world, Damian has worked in various nurseries, using his talents as a consultant horticulturalist and landscaper to give talks for various gardening groups throughout Logan City, where he lives, and at his son’s school.

Q&A WITH DAMIAN

How long have you been part of the Elements Community?
4 years

What is your favourite thing about the Elements Community?
The friendliness

What are the values that drive you to work in this industry?
Being able to see results in the daily work you do.

If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be?
Horticulturalist and Pest Technician.

What do you think is the best activity at Elements?
Any event that has prawns on the menu.

How did you get into the industry?
An extension from my background as a Horticulturalist in wholesale nursery industry prior.

What does Ikigai mean to you?
Trying to balance work and relaxation / down time balance.

What do you think sets Elements apart from other Retirement Villages?
The management and access to technology eg ipads.

What would you say to someone considering Elements for their retirement?
Why would you consider looking elsewhere it’s all here. And the gardens are the best you will find.

Favourite Elements Event to date?
Melbourne Cup (the prawns!).

How do you spend your time outside of Elements?
I enjoy fishing, national netball umpire duties and golf.

Gary Cox

Village Handyman

Gary is our general handyman and village gardener and has a work history that includes nursery hand, landscaper, stonemason, pool repairs and been on many building sites. Gary has also managed to fit in travelling around the world twice as a backpacker and living In London.

Gary has a wife and two children and has lived locally for most of his life growing up in rural Rochedale.
In Gary’s spare time he has been an active member of the Rochedale Tigers Rugby League club for almost 30 yrs where he has coached his sons’ team for 6 seasons and was recently made a life member along with his father and brother. Gary also enjoys surfing and reading when he gets the chance.

Gary enjoys working at elements because of the friendly village environment that the staff and residents have created and being next to daisy hill forest every day and enjoys taking the residents on there Friday shopping trips.

Gary life motto is “It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

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