After many decades of living in Australia, the first generation of
Indian-Australians are retiring and finding itself in a quandary. They are
looking to further enhance their life style to enjoy curries with no
Although many have the resources to live comfortably in retirement, some
still depend on their children and suffer from social isolation as they
navigate old age.
Most Indians have focused so much on building their careers and educating
their children that they never really planned anything for their retirement
like many Australian do. There are numerous organisations emerged to
provide retirement villages for Australians and other ethnic based
communities such as Greek, Polish, Italian, Chinese but no decent option
exists for Indian or South East Asian communities.
Recognising the problem, Dr. Rekha Kumar ( MBBS, FRACGP) and her husband
Mr. Sunil Kumar ( B.Tech from IIT Delhi) developer of many medical, dental,
radiology and allied health clinics and real estate have taken initiative
to establish Australia's first Indian food and culture based community
living establishment as part of over $250 million Tarneit Junction 10
miniute walking estate. This retirement community is for healthy active
living and developed specifically for lovers of Indian food as part of
Tarneit Junction Project. This community is called "Jeevan Dhara" or "Life
going steady" or " Friends in need is Family indeed" or simply " Curries with No worries"
The India-born Sunil Kumar saw retirement housing communities mushrooming
all over Australia but non of these are catering to specific health and
lifestyle needs of Indians. He also understood that Indian-Australians can
feel out of place in many retirement communities. Their need for Indian
food, prayer rooms or even companions, who can speak their mother tongue
could pose potential challenges.
So Mr. Sunil Kumar bought 10 Acre prime land at corner of Leaks and
Derrimuit Rd next to new Tarneit station and proposed shopping/Town Centre
in Oct, 2012. He is inspired by Indian Retrirement community living
developments around the world and call from Indian community to build
Jeevan Dhara concept originally published by Pravin Vaghani. Jeevan Dhara
would be run on cooperative style management on No profit basis by its
84 apartments are planned which comes with common hall for dining, separate
vegetarian and non-vegetarian kitchens, meeting room and luxury recreation
facilities such as yoga, games etc. Jeevan Dhara Tarneit is a haven for
seniors of Indian and SE Asia origin.
21 ( 25% of 84 apartments) people have already completed registration to
buy Jeevan Dhara. Some of them as young as 38 year old doctor couple. Many
fear that number of apartments build are not enough to cater for increasing
There are over 200,000 Indians living in Melbourne with estimated over
70,000 seniors are 55 year and older. 84 Apartments represent approx
1 person per 1000 senior to take this new concept of living to make this a
success. Some seniors, who may regret later, if they miss out no other
such conveniently located project would be build in their life time.
Everything at the complex is unique, starting with the Indian food offered
to the cultural and entertainment activities organised on the premises.
Jeevan Dhara buildings are planned to reduce cost of living, energy costs
and enables its residents to reduce its carbon footprint impact on planet.
Every thing of daily needs are walkable distance of less than 10 minutes
from Jeevan Dhara such as Indian groceries, fresh fruit and vegetable,
Medical Centre, Dentist, Pharmacy, Radiology, Specialists, Hair dresser, Food Court,
Travel agent, Library, Bus Stop, Station, Gym, Hotel, Tarneit Junction Club
etc. This walkable developent would not only make its residents healthy and
help in reducing need to own or use a car. There is even BMW Electric Cars
proposed for personal use for its residents as car share scheme.
"Jeevan Dhara is the first retirement community in Australia targeting
Indian food and culture in the country," said Sunil Kumar. "Tarneit is only
25 Km away from Melbourne in West. It was the obvious choice because of
its affordability, convenient location, which is well connected and close
proximity to Werribee Hospital, two Sikh temples, Durga Mandir and Mosques.
There are plenty of opportunity for children and grandchildren to live
close to Jeevan Dhara or visit their parents in Jeevan Dhara."
One and two-bed 7 star energy rated luxury apartments with one-bath,
kitchen, laundry and balcony are estimated to costs approximately $339,800.
This pricing includes provision of common facilities. Food and cultural /
entertainment expenses would be managed by co-operative society of
residents. Options to get freshly cooked meals, housekeeping and Laundry
services would be available at extra cost to make it true king's living
with no maintenance issues. Many ladies would be able to enjoy true
retirement from kitchen and household chores and live like to full.
Resident will enjoy life in Jeevan Dhara as if they were living in their
home country and enjoying the social life, convenient and timely health
provision, lower cost of living, conveniences of the community and
facilities around it.
Jeevan Dhara would have a several opportunities to keep its occupants
engaged and entertained with healthy and tasty meals, yoga, music, poetry,
Bollywood dance classes, going on local and overseas group excursions and
watching Bollywood movies or serials. One could celebrate all Indian
festivals with their friends and families.
After daily activities, its residents can enjoy privacy in their apartments
or just sit and chat with friends every day that could only happen in
Jeevan Dhara. Developers plan to include few small multiplex cinema
theaters to cater for very large Indian population in western suburbs.
The project master plan draft permit and zoning required for project has
been approved and signed. Concept buildings designs are getting finalised now.
Construction would start in Jan, 2016 with Jeevan Dhara residents getting
Keys by end 2016.
Indian Seniors are encouraged to calculate the retirement prepreparedness
score and determine Quality of their retired life by using a free online calculators
provided at its website www.jeevandhara.com.au
Expressions of interest can be done by sending email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. No deposits are being taken at present.
10% deposit would be asked after 70 expression of Interest in Jeevan
Dhara apartments is received. Pricing may increase after 50% apartments
are booked. Many kids are buying these apartments for their parents for
now, which they will inherit it for their own use in future.
Expression of interest from, individuals, friends, group of friends or
community wishing to live together as group can reserve their place in once
in a life time opportunity by filling registration form. Depending upon
the success of this project, Mr. Sunil Kumar also plans to have an
assisted-living facility with round-the-clock Agecare / nursing services
close to Jeevan Dhara apartments in future to make convenient aging in place
if Jeevan Dhara project is successful.
More and more people are entering the retired phase of life and can not go
back to home country as they have their children here
For more information, Call Sunil Kumar on 0403 170 099 for project
information and to find out more about how life at Jeevan Dhara Tarneit
could be the better than present lonely life. Jeevan Dhara residents could
relive their college hostel life again with eating food in Hostel, enjoying
Teen Patti / Bridge/ Singing or playing Carrum board game with friends.