Sundale is a community based, not for profit organisation that supports the needs of its community via outstanding Retirement Communities, Care Centres and In-Home Care support services.

Blending independence, outstanding support, modern accommodation and lush gardens with caring, compassionate staff, Sundale is the perfect place to call home.


Sundale empowers its residents and care recipients to live the life they choose, within a caring and supportive community.

Sundale offers a range of stimulating and engaging lifestyle activities and services including continuum of care at its Retirement Communities and Care Centres.

If you’re happy and feel supported in a community, the last thing you want is to move when your needs change.

Sundale can provide additional care, meals and assistance in your home, if and when you need it.

All of Sundale’s services focus on providing comprehensive high-quality care, underpinned by dignity, choice and the desire to maximise its residents and care recipients’ independence.


Sundale has been part of the Sunshine Coast community since 1963 and is extremely proud of its heritage and strong foundations.

Sundale will always honour its past, but is focused in a new, modern future so it can cater to the evolving needs of the community for decades to come.

To make this vision a reality, Sundale will continue to be agile and explore retirement and lifestyle options through the prism of future needs, including technology and amenity.

Sundale is committed to being there for its residents and care recipients when they need us and is focused on developing innovative service models which create meaningful communities.


Sundale’s values underpin its purpose and reflect the standard of care you can expect at Sundale.

Sundale is committed to:


Sundale takes responsibility for the trust you place in us.


Sundale understands that you and your family, friends and health professionals are the best people to help you make decisions.

Sundale will spend time getting to know, to better understand what matters most.


Sundale strives to make a difference in people’s lives every single day.


The selfless enthusiasm of the Nambour Apex Club, supported by other service clubs and the generosity of the Sunshine Coast community, raised the funds to lay the first brick at Sundale’s Nambour site in February 1963.
4 Nov 1956
Nambour Apex Club is formed;
Nambour Apex Club purchase 18 acres of land near Nambour;
18 Feb 1963
Constructions begins at Nambour Garden Village. Dr Allan Raine (Nambour Apex Club President) places a gold sovereign underneath the first brick as a symbol of the golden opportunities to come;
30 March 1963
Queensland Premier, Frank Nicklin lays the foundation stone at Nambour Garden Village;
30 November 1963
Nicklin Lodge (named after Queensland Premier, Frank Nicklin) at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened;
October 1966
Stage two of Nicklin Lodge at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened;
3 May 1969
Stage three of Nicklin Lodge at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened by Minister for Social Security, W.C. Wentworth;
3 August 1970
Queensland Premier, Joh Bjelke Petersen officially opens McGowan Lodge (to honour a bequest from Mrs L.B. McGowan) at Nambour Garden Village;
9 September 1973
Former Queensland Premier, Frank Nicklin, officially opens James Grimes Nursing Home (named after founding Sundale Management Committee President, J. D Grimes) at Nambour Garden Village;
Stage four of Nicklin Lodge at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened;
3 February 1979
Stage two of the James Grimes Nursing Home at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened;
28 November 1982
Queensland Senator, Flo Joh Petersen officially opens the fifth and final stage of Nicklin Lodge at Nambour Garden Village. The stage, known as Bowder Lodge, honours a bequest from sisters Daisy and Kathleen Bowder.
7 Feb 1983
Nambour Garden Village purchase 15 acres of land neighbouring Windsor Rd, Nambour;
7 April 1984
World President of Rotary International, William Skelton officially opens Rotary Garden Village (Burnside).
26 October 1986
Rod Voller Hostel at Rotary Garden Village is officially opened. The facility honours architect Rod Voller, who was involved in the planning and building of Rotary Garden Village.
December 1989
Sundale Management Committee purchase 17 acres of land at Palmwoods;
31 August 1993
Palmwoods Garden Village officially opened;
Sundale Management Committee purchase Aloaka Lodge Aged Care (Kilcoy) from the Somerset Senior Citizens Centre Board;
February 2004
Coolum Waters officially opened.
Sundale Management Committee purchase Bindaree (Boyne Island) from the Bindaree Lodge Management Board.

Sundale Executive Leadership Team

Danielle Mackenzie

Masters in Health Science (Gerontology)

16 years’ Senior and Executive Management experience in not-for-profit (Aged Care, Mental Health, Health, Child Protection and Disability).

Improvement Specialist that facilitates service development and enhancement, quality leadership, strategic and business acumen that is supported by innovation, stakeholder management, evidenced based outcomes, advocacy and connecting with communities.

Specialist areas Quality Assurance, Clinical and Organisational Governance and Risk Management. Joined Sundale in 2018.

Mark James
Executive Manager of Corporate Performance

Mark has responsibility for the Finance, People & Culture and ITC functions across the organisation. 

A results orientated leader with more than 15 years-experience of working at the executive level and leading high performance teams. 

Mark enjoys the challenges of successfully increasing efficiency and productivity across the business.  Joined Sundale in 2019.

Michelle McGowan
Executive Manager Aged Care and Community Services

Michelle has responsibility for Residential Care, Retirement Living and In-Home Care Services.

With more than 10 years of Aged Care Management experience, Michelle is passionate not only about Sundale’s residents and consumers and ensuring they receive the highest quality of care, but also leading and changing the industry for the betterment for all.


Chris has responsibility for Infrastructure, Development and Maintenance across the Sundale portfolio of properties.

With more than 20 years in the Property Development sector, Chris has extensive experience in Aged Care, Retirement, Affordable Housing, Residential and Commercial Development.

Chris brings a passion for delivering projects which will enhance the lives of Sundale’s residents and their families and provide for a sustainable future.


Caroline is the Executive Assistant to Sundale CEO Danielle Mackenzie and oversees the organisation’s Business Support unit.

With more than 15 years of experience as an Executive Assistant to high calibre CEO’s, Caroline brings great skills in communications, project management and community engagement.

Caroline holds a bachelor degree in Journalism, specialising in social communication, and brings a passion for improving and implementing business processes to ensure the smooth operation of the CEO’s office and the executive team.


David Lawrence
Executive Manager Governance and Clinical Engagement

David graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1999 and spent a decade practicing in various clinical services and jurisdictions both locally on the Sunshine Coast and around the world. In a vocational change of direction David began managing workplace injury which lead to a ten year career working in Workplace Health and Safety, then Quality, Environmental, and Risk Management and Governance practices in the Construction and Mining Industry. Three years ago, David came back to work for Sundale, and this wealth of clinical and management expertise has allowed him to positively contribute to the changes at Sundale.

Sundale Board

John Woodward

BPharm(Hons), Adv. Prac. Pharm., BCPS, BCGP, GAICD

Advanced practice pharmacist now specialising in general and geriatric medicine pharmacy.

Provides clinical pharmacy services in general medical practices and has a long history of managing community pharmacies. Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2012 and took on the role of Chairperson in 2018.

Troy Wainwright
Deputy Chairperson


Director of Coastal Patios since 2012 and has experience in construction, manufacturing, tourism and property-based industries.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2015.

Christine Perren


Partner with SDE Accountants since 2013 and involved in a number of local community-based organisations on the Sunshine Coast, holding a number of Board positions within those organisations.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2015.

Anita Phillips

BA/Dip.Soc.Studs; MPA; Grad.Dip.Leg.Studs

Experience as a Social Worker within many fields of practice, including aged and disability care, and also contributing to the formation of social policy.

Extensive government experience, including as a Member of Queensland Parliament and at Executive level with Federal, State and Local government departments.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2017.

Ian Hall

Dip.Tech, B.Ed

40 years involvement in Education, including 25 years as Principal. The last 10 years has been as School Auditor which involves reviewing the actions of School Boards and Committees. Extensive experience working with government regulations and policies.

Born in Nambour with numerous family connections to Sundale.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in November 2019.

Steve Telburn


Managing Director of technology and innovation advisory firm with 14 years of Board Director experience. Extensive IT experience and an appointee of Innovation and Science Australia, a statutory board that advises the government on innovation and science matters. Previously the CEO of various technology companies and has led the implementation of IT systems in large organisations.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in December 2019.

Sonja Walters


Social Worker and training consultant with over 20 years’ experience in Executive and Boards across public, private and not for profit sectors. Particular experience in the property, education, insurance, occupational rehabilitation, and community services industries.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in December 2019.