YMCA Unveils Six-Storey Complex For Disadvantaged Seniors

YMCA Brisbane is proposing to build a six-storey apartment complex adjacent to its Mango Hill Community Centre at 22 Halpine Drive.



Artist’s Perspective of Halpine Drive
Photo Credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council / DA/2023/4353

This initiative aims to address the pressing need for housing among vulnerable seniors, particularly those facing social or housing challenges in the Moreton Bay area.

Lodged as DA/2023/4353, the comprehensive plan outlines the construction of 47 units of affordable housing, specifically catering to seniors over 55 experiencing housing insecurity. These units, comprising 35 one-bedroom gold standard and 12 two-bedroom platinum standard residences, aim to provide a safe haven for those most in need.

Unit Type 1B Plan – Gold
Photo Credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council / DA/2023/4353
Unit Type 2B – Platinum
Photo Credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council / DA/2023/4353

The proposal emphasises YMCA’s commitment to supporting seniors on their journey to self-determination.

Artist’s Perspective of Linear Drive Entry
Photo Credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council / DA/2023/4353

The design incorporates contemporary architectural elements, ensuring a positive contribution to the streetscape of Linear Drive while maintaining harmony with the existing community.

Artist’s Perspective of the Building Entrance
Photo Credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council / DA/2023/4353

Importantly, the development intends to have minimal impact on the operations of the YMCA Mango Hill Community Centre, a vital hub offering various facilities such as meeting rooms, a basketball court, gymnastics club, and vocational school, benefiting not just the residents but the broader community.

Artist’s Perspective of the Parking Entry
Photo Credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council / DA/2023/4353

Central to the proposal is the construction of a five-storey car park, providing ample space for both residents and visitors. Additionally, individual storage spaces for future residents have been integrated into the design, enhancing the overall living experience.

Despite facing time constraints related to funding and application deadlines, YMCA remains steadfast in pursuing this six-storey complex initiative. The aim is to swiftly address the critical need for affordable housing among vulnerable seniors in the Moreton Bay area, providing not just shelter but also a supportive community.



The proposed complex represents a concerted effort by YMCA Brisbane to create a nurturing environment tailored to the requirements of disadvantaged seniors. It seeks to offer not only housing, but also a sense of belonging and support to those who need it most.

Published 2-December-2023