Prospect Hill Retirement Village

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Everything we do at Prospect Hill is to help our residents maintain their independence for as long as possible"

Zig Inge | Founder and Joint Managing Director

Zig Inge began his illustrious career in the early 1950s selling homes in and around Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The business, Inge Bros. became renowned for building innovative, quality family homes.

In 1979 Zig embarked on his first retirement village development, Pinetree in Donvale, Victoria. Who would have thought that from this humble beginning one of the country’s largest and most successful retirement village development and management companies would emerge and Zig would become the unofficial “patriarch” of retirement living in Australia. Our residents at Prospect Hill are now able to benefit from Zig’s vast experience.

Zig’s other passion is the work that is undertaken by the charitable foundation that bears his name: The Zig Inge Foundation. As Chairman of the Zig Inge Foundation, Zig is able to provide assistance to a wide variety of groups offering support to less fortunate Australian children.

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Being able to have an ongoing relationship with our residents and seeing them happy and positive after they have moved in is simply wonderful"

Peter Inge | Joint Managing Director

Peter has been working with his father for more than 20 years and is the Joint Managing Director of the Zig Inge Group, the owner of Prospect Hill Village.

Trained as a solicitor, Peter holds a Bachelor of Laws (majoring in accounting), a Master of Laws (Human Rights) and an Advanced Certificate in Real Estate from RMIT. Peter “drifted” into the family business in the late 1980s where his legal and commercial skills set him up for a great start. He worked closely with Zig, in growing the business and at the time of its sale in 2007 was the Joint Managing Director responsible for nearly 3,000 residents and over 300 staff.

Peter now plays an overseeing role in the family investment company together with having a strong interest in philanthropic pursuits being on the Board of Advisors of the Property Industry Foundation and the Zig Inge Foundation. He is an Executive Consultant to the Industry Superannuation Property Trust and a former President and life member of the Retirement Villages Association of Australia. He maintains his interest in the law as a consultant to Melbourne Legal Firm Perry Maddocks Trollope.

So what is the secret of Prospect Hill’s success? “The answer is simple” says Peter,“We offer the perfect mix of quality, security and community in an environment which has been developed with real insight into what is important when it comes to enhancing the lives of residents. The total focus of the entire family now is on Prospect Hill where it used to be shared with 18 other villages. We love being back in the industry and we especially love again owning what we consider to be one of the best retirement villages in Australia”.

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At Prospect Hill, we are committed to make your transition as smooth and pleasant as possible"

Penny Inge | Operations Manager

Penny was involved at Prospect Hill since its inception, helping many of our residents deal with the transition from their existing family home. Penny has been married to Peter for over 25 years and has therefore had significant exposure to the retirement village industry and to the culture of the Inge family in their dealings with residents. Her role at Prospect Hill is to oversee all village operations to ensure the efficient workings of our facilities and smooth delivery of services to our residents.

Penny has found that the positive and enthusiastic nature of the residents, whose most common complaint is that they didn’t move in earlier, has assisted in creating an enjoyable working environment. In many ways, Penny is the lynch pin which provides Prospect Hill with the unique sense of community that is often commented on.

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We are living longer than ever before and it is so important that we live well"

Karen Inge | Director

Karen is involved in all aspects of the family business but given her background as an Accredited Practising Dietitian, plays a very special role in Prospect Hill.

Karen was invited by Zig to join the family business in 2000 when he asked her to help give residents “more energy and better health”. She launched the groundbreaking “Zig Inge Group Wellness Program” which was innovative at the time. The program is being reintroduced at Prospect Hill and is holistic in its approach promoting wellness for the mind, body and soul promising better living and greater vitality through physical and social interaction. “Our aim is to help everyone live independently for as long as possible. We believe that participating in our wellness program will help our residents achieve that”.

Karen has responsibility for the family’s ownership and operation of the Flinders Hotel on the Mornington Peninsula and is able to bring from Flinders many wonderful ideas around food service and menu creation.

Karen is also a regular contributor on Tuesday afternoons on 3AW with Denis Walter and often seen on A Current Affair and Today Tonight commenting on some topical food-related matters. For more information on Karen, please visit her website at

On the family business Karen says “Everyone who works with us is hand picked from the head office team to the onsite managers and chefs and contractors. It is not uncommon to have second generation trades working with us. We have extremely high standards in every aspect of our operations”.

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We would be delighted to have you as a new member of the Prospect Hill community"

Marlee Anker | Sales Consultant

Marlee is Peter and Karen’s sister and senior sibling of the second generation of Inges. She has resided in Sydney for many years however has a part time role assisting Penny and David at Prospect Hill.

Marlee spent many years living in Europe and upon her return was principally responsible for the start up sales of the group’s largest broad acre retirement village, Cherry Tree Grove in Croydon.

Marlee's main interests are in hospitality having owned and operated two of Sydney’s finest restaurants However she brings to Prospect Hill another pair of hands when times are busy.

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We have long term relationships with our clients. The Zig Inge Group is one of the only retirement village operators who are involved with the development, sales and ongoing management with each resident"

David Macrae | Sales Manager

David Macrae has recently re-joined our team as our Sales Director after an absence of 6 years. David initially joined the Zig Inge Group in 1994 and has remained working in the retirement industry from this time.

David’s role at Prospect Hill is to assist prospective new residents learn more about what we have on offer at the Village, and to help them navigate the potentially tricky landscape of deciding what to do when making the decision to scale down from a larger to a smaller home. He believes that the retirement village industry is unique: "We have long term relationships with our clients. We are involved in the development, sales process and ongoing management with each resident. The Zig Inge Group is one of the only retirement village operators who encompass all of these facets," and that allows "us to focus solely on matters relating to our residents."

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Come and join us at Prospect Hill. We are always thrilled to meet new residents"

Perry & Ann Ponton | Village Managers

Perry and Ann are an integral part of our team at Prospect Hill being our resident managers.

They live in the Village and are responsible for “everything” that is important in enhancing the lives and enjoyment of our residents. Perry and Ann have complementary skills which when combined form a formidable team. From administrative to social, building maintenance to pastoral care, Perry and Ann are considered ‘family’ by many residents and contribute greatly to the wonderful spirit and camaraderie that permeates through Prospect Hill.

Having experienced live-in managers like Perry and Ann is critical to the smooth running of Prospect Hill and in many ways a major element of what makes Prospect Hill such a wonderful place to live.

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Whenever you need something done at Prospect Hill, Bill is your man!"

Bill Juchno | Maintenance Supervisor

Bill is a full time employee who has wide ranging areas of responsibility. Should you need a light bulb changed or perhaps a leaky tap attended to, then Bill is the one to ask.

He also has over-riding responsibility for all common area maintenance as well as looking after the beautiful gardens at Prospect Hill. Bill also can be seen walking the corridors with his trolley taking out residents’ garbage and recyclables and generally keeping everything looking pristine and clean.

Should you need a heavy item brought to you from your storage area in the basement then all you need to do is let Bill know and the job will be done.

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