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A wonderful Rise surprise

June 08, 2021

When he and wife Debra moved into Halcyon Rise in March, Graham organised for their daughter to fly up from Melbourne to take part in the celebrations.

“I had no idea she was coming,’’ Debra recalled.

“I just burst into tears when I saw her. I hugged her so tight, I wouldn’t let her go.

“Because of Covid 19 restrictions, I hadn’t seen her apart from a really quick visit we made to Melbourne at Christmas.

“It was good for her to say goodbye to the family home at Calamvale and nice for her to see our new life at Halcyon Rise.’’

The McGeadys are the foundation homeowners at Halcyon Rise, which is nestled conveniently between Brisbane and the Gold Coast at Logan Reserve.

They moved in after 21 years in Calamvale and already love the country feel and sense of community that comes with living here.

While Debra still works as an auditor with the Queensland Audit Office, Graham has been retired now for five years and spends a lot of time away exploring Australia in his caravan.

“I was in the big house at Calamvale by myself while Graham was travelling through Western Australia. He was worried about me being alone, so we decided to investigate the community living concept,’’ Debra said.

“We booked in to look at five different villages. Halcyon Greens was the last place we visited. We knew straight away when we came up the driveway that Halcyon was the right fit for us.

The property had amazing amenities and a great vibe. I think I asked for the bank account details on the spot so I could put down a deposit,’’ Debra said.

“The houses at Halcyon are not little boxes. Our Lillydale home has two bedrooms, really large living areas and a generous double garage,” Graham said.

“There are 10 other homes here now and we all enjoy a chat out in the driveway. There already is a strong connection and we look out for each other.’’

Graham has just embarked on an 18-month caravan journey starting with a crossing of the Savannah Way. “I’m going to be the FiFO wife,’’ Debra said.

“When I can, I’ll fly in and join him on the journey. It is easy to do that when you live in a community like this.’’