We didn’t build it to win awards,
we built it for mum!

Innovation, Quality & Lifestyle

Back in 1979, when Michael Harrison’s search for retirement options for his mother failed to deliver anything he felt was good enough, The Village Retirement Group was born.

Today, the standards of innovation, quality and lifestyle that he insisted on have helped Michael and his son Justin create five thriving communities in Coorparoo, Redcliffe, Taigum, Toowoomba, Yeronga and Manly coming next. More than 1,900 people currently call The Village home.

Michael Harrison


Michael Harrison began developing retirement villages more than 20 years ago with his son Justin, after the experiences his mother had in her later years. Michael wanted to create what his Mum missed out on – high quality, safe, caring, vibrant communities that residents genuinely love living in. Together 5 villages later the aim has not changed and this has redefined retirement living. 

Over the past 55 years, Michael Harrison has dedicated most of his working career to urban development and award-winning retirement living throughout Queensland. Michael brings to the role of Chairman more than five decades’ experience in executive and operational management associated with developments in residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.

Michael and Justin feel extremely lucky to be able to do something they love while helping to improve people’s lives.

Michaels extensive experience throughout many market cycles in Queensland property has imparted him with high-level knowledge, understanding, and maturity that have ensured the overwhelming success of his developments. His major projects before The Village Retirement Group were Pelican Waters, Bella Vista Estate, the Brisbane City Council Complex at Indooroopilly, Shell/McDonalds Complex Windsor, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Paradise Waters, Palm Garden Waters, and Mermaid Waters on the Gold Coast.

You are likely to see Michael enjoying a village event with the residents such as birthday celebrations, openings, and his personal favourite resident and Chairman BBQs. 

Justin Harrison

Managing Director

Justin Harrison is responsible for the strategic growth and ongoing development of The Village Retirement Group, however, the main focus for Justin is that every village is a supportive and energising place to live. A place where residents can enjoy the luxury of beautiful surroundings and the peace of mind that comes with feeling safe, valued, and supported. 

Under Justin’s governance, The Village Retirement Group has successfully built 5 award-winning retirement villages. While it is fantastic to be awarded Australia’s Best Retirement village, it is not why Justin or Micheal create villages. The real reward is seeing our residents love where they live and love living. 

You will see Justin having a beer with residents at the monthly BBQs discussing apartment designs, new activities in the village, or talking about each other’s family.

Justin is a family man with 4 young children and he considers each resident as part of the family. 



Our Villages set the benchmark for independent retirement living in Australia. A fact confirmed by their popularity with residents and the many awards we’ve been privileged to be awarded.

The most important award for us is the happiness and thank you’s from the nearly 2000 residents that call our villages home. 

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